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People sit in a shallow pool of water in the riverbed of the Jialing River, a tributary of the Yangtze, in southwestern China's Chongqing Municipality, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. 

China endures ‘heat wave from hell’ with record-breaking temperatures

This summer, China experienced its longest heat wave on record — more than 70 consecutive days of scorching temperatures. Residents have found some relief in caves, bomb shelters and air-conditioned supermarkets, but one expert says this summer should be a “wake-up call” to do more to mitigate climate change.

China endures ‘heat wave from hell’ with record-breaking temperatures
A billboard advertising the "China dream" in Chengdu, China, in June 2019.

The 'China dream': The new Silk Road begins at home

The 'China dream': The new Silk Road begins at home
A Chinese girl looks upon a table full of food during a "1,000 people dumpling feast" in Liuminying village on the outskirt of Beijing, China, Jan. 27, 2017.

China's 'Operation Empty Plate' targets food waste

China's 'Operation Empty Plate' targets food waste
Several security personnel are shown standing in the street and wearing reflective vests next to police motorcycles.

China orders US to close its Chengdu consulate; Turkey purging the Gülenists; Mexico City's public square storytelling

China orders US to close its Chengdu consulate; Turkey purging the Gülenists; Mexico City's public square storytelling
Two people eat with chopsticks at a restaurant

China sends new message about centuries-old chopstick tradition

China sends new message about centuries-old chopstick tradition
China's Premier Li Keqiang, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in are shown standing behind three podiums with national flags.

South Korea, Japan, China leaders to promote North Korea-US dialogue

China, Japan and South Korea have agreed to work together to promote dialogue between the United States and North Korea, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday following a summit between the three countries in China.

South Korea, Japan, China leaders to promote North Korea-US dialogue
Maitian and his wife got married 20 years ago. He's never told her that he's gay.

This gay Chinese man passed on his HIV infection to his wife. But she doesn't know that.

HIV rates are rising among gay men in China. And there are fears that some of these men may infect their wives.

This gay Chinese man passed on his HIV infection to his wife. But she doesn't know that.
Gerong Phuntsok and Dawa Drolma

Why a Tibetan couple’s wedding photos captivated the world

The struggle to find balance between old and new, modernity and tradition, respect and assimilation, is one that people all over the world have been navigating for centuries. In this case, the tension was encapsulated in a series of beautiful photos that turned half a billion heads.

Why a Tibetan couple’s wedding photos captivated the world
A Tibetan Buddhist monk reads from a traditional Tibetan book sitting in his lap.

How an American scholar saved a trove of Tibetan literature from extinction

The late American scholar Gene Smith spent a quarter of a century collecting endangered works of Tibetan literature in Cambridge, Massachusetts. One of his life's aims has now been realized, as Smith's collection has found a permanent home in a new library of traditional Tibetan works in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu.

How an American scholar saved a trove of Tibetan literature from extinction

New research discovers vast impact on lifespan from China's pollution

China 60 years ago implemented a policy of subsidizing heating for a portion of its residents. But that also meant higher pollution, and, according to new research, shorter lives.

New research discovers vast impact on lifespan from China's pollution

Protests held in China after Chinese, Japanese activists land on disputed islands

China and Japan have an ongoing dispute over the Senkakus islands, also know as the Diaoyu islands, an uninhabited island chain between Taiwan and mainland Japan. This weekend, Chinese took to the streets in protest after Chinese and Japanese activists both landed on the island in the past week.

Protests held in China after Chinese, Japanese activists land on disputed islands

Communist Party political drama unfolds on the Internet for millions of Chinese to see

Never before has such a dramatic power transfer in China unfolded in the Internet era. Making this even more dramatic is controversial news this week that a one-time popular party leader has been suspended from his posts and his wife has been arrested and charged with murder. All this is unfolding on the Internet in China.

Communist Party political drama unfolds on the Internet for millions of Chinese to see

Apple sends independent inspectors to suppliers’ Chinese factories

Recent reporting by The New York Times has raised concern about the conditions faced by workers in Apple’s supply factories in China. Now Apple has hired an independent labor rights organization to inspect and publish a report on the labor environment in its suppliers’ factories. The first round of inspections began Monday.

Apple sends independent inspectors to suppliers’ Chinese factories
The World

New spice for Sichuan's cuisine

For our Geo Quiz, we're on the lookout for a city in southwest China known for its silk, teahouses and traditional spices. We're talking peppercorns, ginger and chili peppers. But new spices and western-style dishes are starting to appear around town.

New spice for Sichuan's cuisine
The World

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake rocks Chengdu, site of May disaster

Guest: Carrie Gracie, BBC Correspondent, in Chengdu, China

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake rocks Chengdu, site of May disaster