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China Diary
Opinion  /  Published 01.06.20

Finally, telling the truth

So the mighty Communist Party has finally admitted that the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the livelihoods of ordinary Chinese people. For weeks, the official media carried only positive re...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 06.04.20

Apology now, but at great cost

On Saturday, as flags flew at half-mast and people stood in silence at 10 am in memory of the 3,335 dead — this was the official figure — in the coronavirus outbreak, an ironic scene unfolded in W...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 02.03.20

The Quiet Eye of the storm

Imagine a country as big and busy as China at a standstill. Nothing is moving, almost. Railway stations and airports lie deserted: one cannot travel to another province without permission. The only pl...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 04.02.20

Kill with silence

She should be enjoying her one-year-old grand-daughter in gay Paree, but Caroline is worried: her husband is headed back to China as the Christmas-cum-Spring Festival holiday draws to a close. Althoug...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 06.01.20

A serious malady without a cure

She was to spend the day with her son who had come home from Yale during his Christmas vacation. But early that morning, the 51-year-old doctor was stabbed to death at her hospital in Beijing by her p...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 09.12.19

Spare no effort to paint a picture

The passing of the Uighur Intervention and Global Humanitarian Unified Response Act by Congress in the United States of America has sent the Chinese press into a tizzy. Articles critical of the US hav...
By Neha Sahay in

Books  /  Published 28.11.19

Travelogues to read this week

Four women riding on motorcycles across countries is a journey indeed, but more than that, it is a statement. Especially in a predominantly male-dominated sphere where every advert for a bike showcase...
By Shrestha Saha in Calcutta

Opinion  /  Published 04.11.19

Boys will be made into boys

Already burdened by sky-high expectations, little children in China, boys specifically, are being put through one more grinder — classes are becoming more “masculine”. Apparently, parents are co...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 06.10.19

Quite a leap — forward? — for China

October 1 marked 70 years since China achieved liberation, and the celebrations were befitting of the global status it has acquired today. Beijing was aglow with flowers and a spectacular new bridge o...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 06.09.19

Hong Kong protests: China's conspiracy theory

So, the Hong Kong protesters won. Right till the announcement that the hated extradition bill would be withdrawn, the official mainland media were sticking to their hawkish predictions of the grim fut...
By Neha Sahay in


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