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A Quick Scan at the NPC

China’s annual National People’s Congress (NPC) is one of the country’s biggest news events of the year. But restrictions on substantive reporting about policies can mean, paradoxically, a slow news week for Chinese media. Here’s one of this week’s first distraction stories. Read More

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Experts praise control of Yangtze tragedy

Strict control of news reporting on the tragic sinking of the Oriental Star cruise ship earlier this month revealed just how tight controls have become under Xi Jinping. In a recent forum, experts said the level of "positive" response following the disaster was unprecedented. Read More

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Working overtime for stability

A recent letter of resignation by a deputy township official from Sichuan reveals the extraordinary pressures facing grassroots government leaders in China as they are given a hard mandate to keep down unrest. Read More