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June 2015 Issue

Politics | by Yu Xiaodong | CCTV Anchor Scandal

Dinner Party Politics

Video footage of a Chinese television celebrity singing a lewd song mocking Chairman Mao Zedong has rekindled ideological clashes between left and right in China

Politics | by Yu Xiaodong | Taiwan and AIIB

The Name Game

Taiwan’s failed bid to join the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank illustrates the new reality Taipei will face in handling the cross-strait relationship

Photo by Xinhua

Society | by Wang Yan | PX Chemical Industry

A NASTY NECESSITY

In spite of a favorable market, mass opposition to the PX chemical industry, exacerbated by a string of accidents, has embarrassed manufacturers and stunted growth

Photo by ic

Society | by Wang Yan | PX Chemical Industry

AN INEVITABLE FLASHPOINT

An explosion at a controversial PX chemical plant, its second accident in 20 months, has further fueled criticism of ongoing government support for construction of potentially dangerous and environmentally unproven industrial projects

Photo by CFP

Society | by Xie Ying | Soccer Reform

OWN GOAL

The Chinese government has launched nationwide reform of the country’s soccer apparatus to a mixed reaction from the sports world and the public

Photo by cfp

Society | by Min Jie | Online Lottery

Swept Stakes

China’s growing lottery craze could sputter as authorities clamp down on online ticket sales in order to curb ‘rampant irregularities’

Photo by dong jiexu

Society | by Ma Jing | Food Safety

GOING PUBLIC

An academic NGO has published China’s first overview of the country’s ongoing food safety problems. Their aim is to give ordinary, scandal-weary Chinese information about what is, and isn’t, safe to eat

Photo by zhang peng

Economy | by Min Jie, Li Jia | Free Trade Zones

HELICOPTER PARENTING

Will more free trade zones help or hinder China’s efforts to stop local governments from luring investment with special treatment?

International | by Xu Fangqing, Li Jia | Russian Investment Promotion in China

Eastern Promise

Russia is stepping up efforts to tap the Asia Pacific region to make up for lost ground in European markets. Chinese investors, however, remain hesitant when responding to business overtures from the Russian bear

Economy | by Yan Guangming, Yue Wei, Zhou Yao | Chinese Cars

SHIFTING GEARS

Can Chinese automakers step their game up before foreign and joint-venture brands solidify their dominance?

Photo by Solange Brand

History | by Wu Ziru | Cultural Revolution

THE LOST WORLD

A collection of amateur photographs taken by a former attaché with the French embassy in Beijing gives a previously unseen view of China’s Cultural Revolution from an outsider’s lens

Photo by Dong Jiexu

Culture | by Yuan Ye | Art Collector

Break the System

Upstart art collectors Lin Han and his wife Lei Wanwan are making their mark on the global scene

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THE HANGING DEAD

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