China’s Conflicting Goals Fall Under the Spotlight at Party Congress

(BEIJING) — China’s ruling Communist Party is expanding its role in business even as it promises freer markets and support for entrepreneurs on the eve of President Xi Jinping’s second five-year term as leader. Party officials are tightening their control over state-owned enterprises and want a voice in how some foreign companies are run. State […]

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The China Daily Has Pulled its Recent Column on Sexual Assault After an Online Backlash

The English-language state-owned China Daily has taken down a column that claimed sexual assault was less prevalent in China than in the West after a backlash. The column, titled “Weinstein case demonstrates cultural differences” (still available in cached form here), favorably contrasted China’s “commendable values and virtues” to the ever-widening scandal around Hollywood producer Harvey […]

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North Korea’s ‘Hotel of Doom’ May Finally Be Opening After Decades of Delay

After 30 years of vacancy, rumor has it that North Korea has resumed work on the so-called Hotel of Doom. New satellite images show cranes and trucks around the 105-story pyramidal skyscraper officially known as the Ryugyong Hotel, the Telegraph reports. Towering over the nation’s capital Pyongyang, the 3,000 room hotel is the 4th tallest […]

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