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China café

Getting work permits for foreign staff is becoming trickier—and impossible if you rely on the post
Mark Kitto  

China café

A few years ago, urban Chinese shunned the countryside. But they’re starting to see the appeal
Mark Kitto  

The Silicon Valley of China

On my 3,000-mile journey east to west along China's Route 312, I stumble across the giant city of Hefei. It is almost unknown outside China, but it aspires to be the country's Silicon Valley by 2020, and its aspirations are…
Rob Gifford  


In China's age of economic liberalisation, the new Shanghai is being ordered to get rich again - on condition that artists and writers, who gave the old Shanghai its free spirit, stay mute. Ian Buruma reports on a metropolis with…
Ian Buruma