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Saying Goodbye: A Last Supper from China Real Time

The time has come. Before it shuts down, China Real Time looks back at nine years spent serving up stories from the world's most populous country.


China Eastern Engine-Cover Trouble Forces Emergency Landing

Images of a gaping hole on the engine cowling of a China Eastern Airlines Airbus A330-200 hit Chinese social media on Monday, following the plane’s emergency landing in Australia.


Early Look: China’s Economy Post-Peak Shows Modest Growth

After a strong start to the year, China’s economy is slowing at a pace economists say is looking quite moderate.


China Pans U.S. Decision on Paris Accord

From government media to social media, China widely panned U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, though some sensed in it an opportunity for greater Chinese influence worldwide.


Taiwan Ruling Inspires Gay-Rights Hope in China

News of a victory for same-sex marriage in Taiwan has some in China peering wistfully at the democratic island across a narrow strip of sea.


Chinese Student’s Speech at U.S. College Sparks Uproar Back Home

A Chinese student in the U.S. apologized for a commencement speech that criticized China’s air pollution and praised American free speech after she faced a storm of online criticism ​back home.


Live From the Forbidden City! Or Maybe Not

In the competitive world on online video, a young stream queen figured one way to stand out would be to pose on the Empress Dowager Cixi’s bed in the Forbidden City. Even if she couldn’t. The performer, who goes by the name Chaxianzi Zhouyuzhou, was detained by police for disturbing the social order after she […]


A Bollywood Hit in China, Despite the Dancing

There’s an unlikely box-office champion in China right now: an Indian import called “Dangal.” The Hindi-language film, starring A-lister Aamir Khan, is based on the true story of a father who coached his two daughters in competitive wrestling.


Ring of Life: Former Chinese Leader’s Phone Call Dispels Death Rumors

Reports that long-retired Chinese President Jiang Zemin is dead are a recurring feature in China, whose secretive political culture leads many people to give credence to rumors. Chatter about the 90-year-old Communist Party powerbroker’s health surfaced again in recent days, crackling through social media and sending reporters to Huashan Hospital in Shanghai to look for signs of unusual activity.


Writing China: Faith and Love in a Shenzhen Brothel

In her debut novel “Lotus,” writer and journalist Lijia Zhang takes readers inside the lives of a group of women working in a brothel in the southern metropolis of Shenzhen.


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