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Elusive 'blood map' founder speaks out: “Evictions are China’s bleeding wound”

The anonymous founder of a Google map tracking violent incidents linked to forced evictions across China generally refuses to talk to foreign media. He fears that his project, dubbed the “Blood real-estate Map”, will spark anti-Chinese sentiment abroad. Read more…

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Nobel peace prize: “In the long term, this prize may help bring about a new era of democracy in China”

Chinese dissent Liu Xiaobo was awarded the 2010 Nobel peace prize on October 8. One of our Observers, Wu Wei, who has known the jailed dissident for years, spoke to FRANCE 24 via webcam – defying the Chinese government's condemnation of the award. Watch the video...

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"You're fat", mail campaign tells Shanghai residents

How do you tell 20-odd million people they need to watch their weight? Shanghai authorities have opted for the not-so-subtle hint of sending their constituents a tape measure by post. Read more...

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China's anti-Japan protests: "We refuse to continue being humiliated"

Escalating tensions between Japan and China reached a high point on Sunday after Beijing broke off diplomatic ties with Japan and anti-Japanese protests were held in several Chinese cities. Read more...

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Chinese high schools crack down on 'unauthorised' haircuts

In China, rules concerning the haircuts allowed in schools and high schools are very strict. Anything vaguely funky, such as bangs or (gasp!) a perm, is verboten. One Chinese school chose to get the message across with a humorous (and a tad cruel), illustrated billboard. Read more...

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The risky business of being a Chinese 'hooligan'

Chinese football fans clashed with riot police on the night of August 18 at the Hanghai stadium in Zhengzhou, leaving dozens of supporters injured. Read more and see the photos...

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Jacko’s ‘Beat It’, Red Army style

If you thought you'd never hear the Chinese People's Liberation army orchestra (or Red Army orchestra) grooving to "Waving Flags" or Michael Jackon's "Beat it",think twice. Chinese web users have made these unlikely performance a reality. Watch the video...

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Web comes to the rescue of humiliated prostitutes

In early July, police in the city of Dongguan in southern China paraded alleged prostitutes in the street as a way of shaming them. Read more...

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Chinese fireman drowned in wave of oil

A fireman dealing with an oil spill was drowned in northeast China on Tuesday after a wave dragged him beneath the surface of the slick. Read more...

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World Cup fever makes Argentina fans out of the Chinese

Chinese football fans were deprived of a chance to support their own team in the World Cup - but that hasn't put them off the competition. An online survey reveals that the Chinese are mad about a variety of national teams, with Argentina coming in the lead. Read more...

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