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China Diary
Opinion  /  Published 16.01.14

The year of Woe

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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 Right till the announcement that the hated extradition bill would be withdrawn, the official mainland media were sticking to their hawkish predictions of the grim fut...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

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 04.05.19

In China, the more things change...

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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 05.02.19

What it means to work '996' in China

There is a new code for the punishing work schedule that information technology companies here expect their employees to work — ‘996’. It means ‘9 am to 9 pm, six days a week’. These have be...
By Neha Sahay in

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 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 04.06.19

Crime and punishment in China

In January, a Chinese court sentenced a Canadian to death for drug smuggling. Just two months earlier, it had given him a 15-year-sentence, but after the police said they had found ‘new evidence’,...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 04.01.19

Why China is afraid of students

Imagine students in India being picked up while on their way to observe the birth anniversary celebrations of either M.K. Gandhi or Jawaharlal Nehru. That is exactly what happened in Beijing last week...
By Neha Sahay in


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