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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

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

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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...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 04.12.18

Wrongful detention in China

Last week, a 50-year-old man on crutches walked out of court a free man after 23 years. It had taken three retrials for Jin Zhehong’s innocence to be established. Meanwhile, his wife had remarried. ...
By Neha Sahay in

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 05.03.19

Uighurs in China: Which reports are fake?

What is real and what is fake in news coming out of the Muslim-dominated province of Xinjiang is difficult to find out. Through January and February, diplomats and journalists from 30 countries, inclu...
By Neha Sahay in


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