Background: For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the Communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, his successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight.
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- July 4th 2013 Do Chinese restaurants give you the willies?
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- April 21st 2013 Aozhou to Yangzhou
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- April 3rd 2013 Yangzhou, China 3-2013
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- January 19th 2013 I wirr wirr a t-shirt and shorts
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- December 25th 2012 The Doomsday before Christmas
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- November 24th 2012 Knee How?
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- September 16th 2012 What's your favourite fishball?
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- July 27th 2012 Yangzhou Summer Camp
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- June 17th 2012 I can't stand ugly women
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- June 10th 2012 Sleep, walk, you're a bloody idiot
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- June 3rd 2012 The colour of happiness
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- May 13th 2012 Jesus, Regain consciousness father
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- May 6th 2012 Return to the Bitch from Hell
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- April 7th 2012 Never ask a woman if she's pregnant
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- March 25th 2012 The ubiquitous Santana
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- March 18th 2012 Whitney Houston with Justin Bieber !
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- March 2nd 2012 Better late than Never!
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- March 2nd 2012 YYW 100th edition
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- February 12th 2012 Dirty teachers ensure students' safety
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- January 23rd 2012 Getting Started
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