China's propaganda ministry has long been an active controller of public messages in the Communist country. But nowadays, with greater access to the Internet and skepticism running high, the propaganda ministry is stepping up its efforts, but trying to be more unseen in what it does.
Continuing revelations from Edward Snowden are feeding the political humor mill around the world, as they also feed anger among US allies. In today's Global Scan, we find at least one leader who doesn't have to worry about US electronic eavesdropping. And we find new uses for ktichenware, from spamming to political protest.
Host Lisa Mullins talks with The World's book critic, Chris Merrill, about two Chinese novels recently out in English translations: the books are "Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out" by Mo Yan, and "Wolf Totemï¿½ by Jiang Rong.
Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong and his arch-rival for control of China, Chiang Kai-shek had a complex relationship. Now two of their grandchildren have met for the first time. Marco Werman has more.
The unrest that's sweeping through Arab nations apparently has China's leaders nervous. The World's Mary Kay Magistad reports on a controversial new policy at China's Peking University that targets students with "radical thoughts" for counseling.
The rhetoric of apology in China today is nuanced and coded. Though some people seem genuinely contrite for their actions during the vigilante violence of the Cultural Revolution, they are careful not to blame the government.