China

10:32am

Mon July 25, 2011
The Two-Way

China Investigates Fake Apple Stores Exposed By American Expat

The scene inside.
BirdAbroad

The Chinese government has launched an investigation into fake Apple stores that have popped up around the southwestern city of Kunming. As Mark reported, last week, an American expat blogger who goes by BirdAboard spotted what she called "the best ripoff store we had ever seen (and we see them everyday.)"

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7:28am

Thu July 21, 2011
The Two-Way

'Best Ripoff Store' Ever: Fake 'Apple' Outlet In China

The scene inside.
BirdAbroad

Planet Money spotted this before us, but it's still an interesting story and there are more developments to pass along today, so here goes:

Kudos to the BirdAbroad blog for this week posting photos and a detailed description of what sounds and looks like an Apple store in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming — but is in fact a pretty good imitation.

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10:45am

Wed June 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Ai Weiwei Released On Bail, Chinese State News Agency Says

Ai Weiwei in October 2009.
Miguel Villagran Getty Images

"The Beijing police department said Wednesday that Ai Weiwei has been released on bail because of his good attitude in confessing his crimes as well as a chronic disease he suffers from," China's state-controlled Xinhua news agency reports.

That officially sanctioned story also says that:

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5:44pm

Fri May 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Bob Dylan: China Did Not Censor Me

Bob Dylan, during an April 8, 2011 concert in Shanghai.
Philippe Lopez AFP/Getty Images

Ever since Bob Dylan performed in China last month, he's gotten a ton of flak. At the time, Reuters reported that the the Chinese cultural ministry allowed Dylan to perform "approved content," and that Dylan "did not sing anything that might have overtly offended China's Communist rulers, like The Times They Are A-Changin'."

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11:33am

Wed May 4, 2011
Asia

Hong Kong Graffiti Challenges Chinese Artist's Arrest

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:52 am

Hong Kong police are investigating criminal damage charges against artist Tangerine for graffiti of detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, which could carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail.
Tangerine

The bearded face of the detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is spray-painted on a nondescript gray wall overlooking the steep lanes of Hong Kong's nightlife capital, Lan Kwai Fong.

Given his real-life circumstances — summarily disappeared at the hands of the Chinese authorities with no charges yet laid — the furrowed forehead and hooded, tired eyes of the image now seem a representation of suffering. Underneath his face is one simple question, "Who's afraid of Ai Weiwei?"

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