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by Cindy Carter
2d ago
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African Union Bans Donkey-Hide Trade in Response to Unsustainable Chinese Demand 
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by Arthur Kaufman
2d ago
At a recent summit in Ethiopia, the African Union (AU) decided to approve a 15-year continent-wide ban on the slaughter of donkeys for their hides. Donkey hides are a key component of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) ingredient known as ejiao (“donkey-hide gelatin”), whose demand in China has boomed over the past decade and decimated donkey populations in Africa. The Donkey Sanctuary, one of the world’s largest equine charity organizations, celebrated the announcement and described its significance This historic decision taken by the African Union recognises, at the highest level of dec ..read more
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Chinese State Media, Others Highlight Contrasting U.S. Stances on Xinjiang, Gaza
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by Arthur Kaufman
2d ago
Several China-focused scholars and other observers have argued that continued American diplomatic, financial, and military support to Israel for its war in Gaza, despite the International Court of Justice (ICJ)’s finding that there is a plausible case that Israel’s conduct constitutes genocide, has weakened U.S. credibility on Xinjiang. The U.S. government has argued that the Chinese government is committing genocide against Uyghurs and other ethnic groups in the region. The Chinese government and state media have also picked up on this contrast, their criticism of the U.S. role in the war emb ..read more
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Censored Essay: Peter Hessler Sells His Car
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by Alexander Boyd
3d ago
Acclaimed writer Peter Hessler is selling his car in Chengdu, after being forced to leave China in 2021. Online, the sale of his Honda CRV has spurred a series of reflections on Hessler’s impact on China and on the closing of a chapter in U.S.-China relations. Hessler wrote three famous books on China: “River Town,” on his Peace Corps service in rural Chongqing; “Oracle Bones,” a portrait of China past and present with the recurring eponymous motif of China’s oldest recorded writing system; and “Country Driving,” a travelogue detailing his journeys across China. (A fourth, “Other Rivers,” is o ..read more
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Words of the Week: “Handing Someone a Knife,” and the Flattening of Sixth Tone
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by Samuel Wade
4d ago
Last month, an otherwise innocuous report at Sixth Tone on cloning of Tibetan cattle referred to the region only by its Chinese name, Xizang, falling in line with a recent push by Chinese authorities. For some, this symbolized a final squeeze in the long constriction of a unique state-media organ that, in the words of its former head of news Qian Jinghua, had once managed “to write about China as a place where real people live and care about their future, as opposed to an abstraction, or a rival nation, or a site to do business, or a series of social and economic problems.” Qian was speaking t ..read more
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Provincial “Ideological Liberation” Campaign Calls for “Unswerving Alignment” with Xi Jinping
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by Alexander Boyd
4d ago
A provincial campaign to jumpstart cadres out of timidity and “formalism” raised hackles online for framing “ideological liberation” as adherence to Xi Jinping Thought. A notice published to a website run by Hunan’s Provincial Party Committee called for “the commencement of province-wide discussions on ideological liberation.” The lofty language is a call back to two pivotal earlier rounds of “ideological liberation”: the first in 1978, at the beginning of Reform and Opening two years after Mao’s death, and the second in 1992, after Deng Xiaoping’s Southern Tour. But liberation is not quite wh ..read more
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by Samuel Wade
6d ago
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Messi Mess Highlights “Fragile” Psyche of Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese Nationalists
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by Alexander Boyd
6d ago
Argentinian soccer superstar Lionel Messi’s apology to Chinese fans last week for sitting out a friendly match in Hong Kong has done little to quiet nationalist outrage on the mainland. In early February, Messi’s home club Inter Miami played an exhibition against a Hong Kong side. Messi, citing injury, did not take the pitch. After the match, video circulated of Messi seemingly avoiding a handshake with John Lee, Hong Kong’s controversial Chief Executive. Three days later, Messi came on as a late substitute in a match in Japan. A viral explosion of nationalist anger over Messi’s perceived snub ..read more
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by Cindy Carter
1w ago
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Cost of Raising Children in China is World’s Second Highest
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by Samuel Wade
1w ago
China’s population decline looks set to continue despite the possibility of a traditional Dragon-Year “baby bump” and signs of a post-pandemic uptick in marriage rates after nine successive years of decline. A recent report from the Beijing-based YuWa Population Research Institute shed light on one key driver of the low birthrates: the disproportionately high financial burden of raising a child in China, against a backdrop of widespread economic pessimism and broader disillusionment captured in the pandemic-era catchphrase, “We’re the last generation.” At The Guardian, Amy Hawkins reported tha ..read more
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