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May 2016 Issue | by Xie Ying | Peking Opera in Germany

The Show Must Go On

While Peking opera fans in China have shriveled in number over the past few decades, the art form has received a warm reception in foreign countries like Germany, giving experts hope the tradition can be revived on the domestic stage

Photo by CNS

February 2016 Issue | by Xu Tian, Xie Ying | Inaugural Cross-Straits Talks

Branches Divided

Unbeknownst to many, the Chinese mainland authorities held a series of indirect talks with Taiwan concerning potential reunification in the 1950s and 1960s

Courtesy of the interviewees

January 2016 Issue | by Xu Tian | 1972 Student Exchange

A Taste of London Fog

At the height of the Cultural Revolution, a small band of rural Chinese students were hand-picked to study abroad in the UK, making them young ambassadors at a time when China’s doors were still closed to the West

Photo by FOTOE

November 2015 Issue | by Gong Longfei, Chen Wei | The Manchurian Campaign

Blood, Brutality, Betrayal

Complex and often contradictory narratives have made it difficult for historians to establish a coherent account of resistance against the Japanese occupation of Manchuria, which preceded total war between China and Japan in 1937. New data and renewed interest in the volunteer armies who led the charge are helping shed light into a dark corner of Chinese history

Courtesy of Interviewee

October 2015 Issue | by Zhou Fengting, Xie Ying | Jean Jérome Augustin Bussiere

Back to Life

French doctor Jean Jérome Augustin Bussiere came to China in 1913 and stayed for 41 years, treating politicians, liaising with celebrities and even helping Chinese forces during World War II. Six decades later, a CCTV documentary team dusts off his forgotten story

Photo by Dong Jiexu

July 2015 Issue | by Wen Tianyi | Lost Documentary

Reel Resurrection

Kukan, a documentary about China’s resistance against Japan during World War II, produced by Chinese-American Ling’ai Li and shot by American journalist Rey Scott, won an Academy Award in 1942, before being lost, seemingly forever. 70 years later, Robin Lung, another Chinese-American, located the only copy and facilitated its re-release. NewsChina looks into the story of the documentary and the people behind it

Photo by Solange Brand

June 2015 Issue | 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 Carl Mydans

February 2015 Issue | by Xie Ying | China’s Titanic

THE FORGOTTEN WRECK

On Chinese New Year’s Eve 1949, a steamship packed with refugees fleeing the mainland for Taiwan collided with another ship, leaving almost no survivors. NewsChina revisits one of China’s worst ever maritime disasters

November 2014 Issue | by Li Weiping, Xie Ying | Spies in Taiwan

LOST LEGENDS

A resurgence of interest in the fates of Communist Party spies in Taiwan in the 1940s and 50s has elicited plenty of nostalgia, but little introspection

Photo by Xinhua News Agency

August 2014 Issue | by Shen Zhihua | North Korea and the UN

A BANG,  A WHIMPER

The rarely-told story of how prominently North Korea figured in China’s attempts to establish relations with the US in the 1970s offers a valuable insight into both historical and contemporary issues affecting all parties with interests on the Korean Peninsula

June 2014 Issue | by Xu Tian | Chiang Kai-shek

STIFLED VOICE

How a biography of Chiang Kai-shek, commissioned by Chairman Mao, might be one of the greatest stories never told on the Chinese mainland

Photo by CORBIS

April 2014 Issue | by Zhou Yao | Nixon’s Return to China

VILLAIN AT HOME, HERO ABROAD

Shortly after his resignation in the wake of the Watergate scandal, former US President Richard Nixon returned to China, where he received the red carpet treatment

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