China's Great Dream

Beijing's new communist party boss, Xi Jinping is inspiring his countrymen with talk of a Chinese renaissance.

Buddhas in Danger

Among china's greatest art treasures are the Buddhist caves near Dunhuang, an oasis on the fabled Silk Road that once linked China and Europe. Their ancient frescoes, sculptures, and other relics date as far back as A.D. 430 and have survived wars, environmental damage, antiquities hunters, and the chaotic Cultural Revolution. But their biggest threat today is tourism.

Follow the Leader

"Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun," Mao Zedong once famously said. Though China's post-Mao leaders have struggled to keep the military brass under tight civilian control, in recent months, as factions have divided the leadership of the Communist Party, political rivals have vied for military support.

Revolutionary Snark

Nobel winner Mo Yan and the magical realism of China's micro-blogging platform Weibo. By Melinda Liu.

China's New Shangri-La

The City of Dali is a traveler's Dream: a taste of old China in an idyllic setting. But is it destined to be ruined by tourism?

The Politics of Reincarnation

It's probably best not to even try making sense of Beijing's pronouncements on the 14th Dalai Lama and other Tibetan spiritual leaders: you'll only make your head hurt. Last week the officially atheist Chinese government's State Administration for Religious Affairs disclosed plans to enact a new law forbidding the 75-year-old Buddhist deity to be reborn anywhere but on Chinese-controlled soil, and giving final say to Chinese authorities when the time comes to identify his 15th incarnation.

China Censors Egypt Coverage

Parallels between Tahrir Square in 2011 and Tiananmen Square in 1989 haven't been lost on China's media censors. Last week two of the nation's biggest Internet portals, Sina.com and NetEase.com, blocked keyword searches of the word "Egypt." So did Weibo, China's Twitter equivalent. (China's Great Firewall already blocks access to the real Twitter, as well as Facebook and YouTube.) The party warned that websites refusing to censor comments about Egypt would be "shut down by force."

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