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China Diary
Opinion  /  Published 05.04.21

More than meets the eye

If you think the Sachin Vaze controversy has revealed the rot in Mumbai’s police force, wait till you hear what is happening in China’s port city of Lianyungang. This ancient city was one ...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 02.03.21

When they met their mothers

How many of us ever imagine our mothers as young girls? Are they forever just mothers to us? The Chinese are asking themselves these questions thanks to a new movie that’s become the biggest hit...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 05.02.21

Do not come, do not go

Sun Zheng laughed, recalling the time he had to stop his practice of giving ‘Red Envelopes’ to officials whose approval was essential for the smooth running of his cosmetics unit. Decorati...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 04.01.21

The bubble has burst: facial recognition

Imagine walking into an international airport, completing self-check-in, self-baggage-check-in and then striding through security, with no one stopping you till just before you board — and only ...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 04.12.20

New rules for parents in China

Not all Chinese mothers choose to be “tiger moms”. Some are pushed into becoming so. Already struggling with the race to transform their only children into multi-talented wonders, new form...
By Neha Sahay in

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Opinion  /  Published 03.11.20

Fight against all odds

Zhong Fangrong, who recently aced the gao kao, China’s challenging pre-university entrance exam, has announced that she wants to study archaeology. No, she is not from the kind of family wh...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 04.09.20

There are no escape routes in China

Hit by the slump that’s become the norm across the world, a manufacturer of electric vehicles decided to diversify into the product that is now ruling the world: masks. Having bagged a massive o...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 03.08.20

Post-Covid China: The common shades are stark

Last month, a professor of jurisprudence and constitutional law at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University, and a long-time critic of Xi Jinping’s one-man rule, was arrested for allegedl...
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

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...
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