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China Daily Mail is a  Brisbane based publication founded by Craig Hill in 2012. Craig has previously written in China for the popular expat website eChinacities and was editor of China Trade Mag.

Craig has also written for a number of publications in Australia, including Big Issue Magazine, The Koori Mail, The National Indigenous Times and the Goulburn Post.

China Daily Mail is a collection of articles about China, as well as a chance for writers to promote their own sites. Some of our most prominent stories that have been picked up by major media publications around the world include:

The Aljazeera article in July 2015, Vietnam and the US: From enemies to lovers, referenced the China Daily Mail article Vietnam dispatches 29 ships to intercept Chinese oil rig in South China Sea; standoff with 80 Chinese ships.

The news.com.au article in November 2014, Construction of an airfield on the disputed Spratly Islands puts Australia in reach of China’s strategic bombers: Reports, referenced the China Daily Mail exclusive article in May 2014 China continues advance into South China Sea; military base to be built on artificial island, which broke the story six months earlier.

The Philippines Star article Reports: China plans to seize Pag-Asa Island this year referenced the China Daily Mail exclusive article Chinese troops to seize Zhongye Island back from the Philippines in 2014. These articles directly caused the Philippines government to demand an explanation from China. China initially denied the plans, but later admitted it was true. The following day, USA announced its 100% commitment to defend Philippines if China carried out this invasion.

The New York Times article A game of shark and minnow was inspired and based mostly on the exclusive China Daily Mail article China boasts of strategy to “recover” islands occupied by Philippines. The New York Times contacted China Daily Mail several times to confirm details when compiling their story, which was about another plan by China to invade a Philippines island.

The Fox News article Naval War Between China And Japan Seems Imminent was a repost of the China Daily Mail  exclusive article Naval war between China and Japan seems imminent.

The BBC article Gu Kailai and the body double debate referenced the China Daily Mail article “Body double” blocked in online searches; Gu Kailai imposter at trial?.

The South China Morning Post (SCMP) article China’s nationalist left is getting really agitated by criticism of protest violence referenced the China Daily Mail article Modern Chinese ethical dilemmas.

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Top Articles as at 6th July 2017

Large number of Chinese troops seen heading for China-Vietnam border 118,062
China to bypass Malacca Strait by Kra Isthmus Canal in Thailand 76,479
China plans nuclear submarines near US coast, miltary bases in South China Sea 64,623
China’s new visa laws target expats 60,266
China declares Lunar Defence Obliteration Zone 56,172
Chinese troops to seize Zhongye Island back from the Philippines in 2014 47,817
China announces strategically important Kra Isthmus Canal in Thailand 37,619
China claims territories of 23 countries, even though it only has borders with 14 31,375
Six wars China is sure to fight in the next 50 years 27,528
China and U.S. amazed that North Korea landed on the Sun 18,408
China boasts of strategy to “recover” islands occupied by Philippines 15,313
China wants a military base on Maldives in Indian Ocean 11,744
China and Philippines: The reasons why a battle for Zhongye (Pag-asa) Island seems unavoidable 11,460
China’s South China Sea claims are not supported by its own historical records 10,894

 

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  1. Craig, I am interested in talking more with you about your company/business. ~Mona

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    Posted by Mona | January 21, 2012, 7:10 pm
  2. Thanks for choosing to follow my blog – always great to see someone new come along for the ride. Hope you enjoy the experience. Cheers SorrentoMoon

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    Posted by SorrentoMoon | January 22, 2012, 6:01 am
  3. Thank you for visiting and following my blog! You are my first ‘real’ follower – really cannot count family!! lol
    It means a lot.

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    Posted by barbara21moss | January 22, 2012, 12:23 pm
  4. Dear Craig,
    Thank you for visiting my Blog.
    Since my blog is in Indonesian language you may ask me to send you the english version.
    And if you need my assistance to write a special coverage about a place in the world especially Indonesia, just let me know. Love your blog Craig…

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    Posted by AsianaTravel | January 22, 2012, 7:33 pm
    • Hi. I like your blog as well. The pictures are what attracts me most, as many are places I have been to. I studied Indonesian at school for four years, and have visited Indonesia, so I understand a little of the language. But if you have the English translation, it will make it a lot easier. I will send you an email.

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      Posted by Craig Hill | January 22, 2012, 7:40 pm
  5. Hey, thanks for following my blog. Just checked out yours and find it really spooky that you’re from Australia (and I literally came back from there a few hours ago) and that your new post is about Warsaw, where I’m from 🙂 As the Chinese would say: 缘分 😉 You write about interesting things, I’ll definitely be coming back. Oh, what am I saying, I may as well press that follow button straight away!

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    Posted by oolung | January 23, 2012, 10:01 am
  6. Thanks for following my blog, Craig, and for clicking “Like” so often!

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    Posted by Chris Gehrz | February 8, 2012, 5:51 am
  7. Thanks for your “like” comments on my blog. I look forward to following your blog too.

    dwkcommentaries

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    Posted by dwkcommentaries | February 17, 2012, 12:06 am
  8. Hello Craig, you are loved… Congratulations! I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award, check it out here:http://allaboutlemon.com/2012/02/12/i-am-beloved-liebster-blog-award/
    Enjoy and have fun!
    Dolly

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    Posted by adollyciousirony | February 17, 2012, 8:19 pm
  9. Very nice “About Me”; well balanced without being obnoxious.

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    Posted by Waldo "Wally" Tomosky | February 17, 2012, 11:41 pm
  10. Enjoyed reading your Dubai post and this one about yourself. how very interesting! Thanks for reading mine as well.

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    Posted by An Embarrassment of Freedom | February 18, 2012, 3:24 am
  11. I am very pleased that you liked “Top Ten Healthy and Cheap Foods and Supplements″ and you visit 3D Democracy (for People Participation in Alternative System; Reinvent Democracy by Creating Three Dimensional 3D Democracy).

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    Posted by Tarig Anter | February 21, 2012, 9:03 pm
  12. Cheers for the like!

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    Posted by Farbs1 | February 22, 2012, 8:42 pm
  13. Hi Craig, thanks for stopping by my blog! I also reside in China (Hangzhou) and wonder how you’ve been here so long! 🙂
    You have some really interesting articles on here, plan on taking my time and going through them.

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    Posted by flamidwyfe | February 22, 2012, 8:51 pm
  14. Thanks for visiting my writers blog – it sounds as though you’d be a great candidate for the scholarship…

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    Posted by Gabi Coatsworth | February 23, 2012, 2:02 am
  15. Thanks for liking my post at Pick Philippines. Very insightful Blogg……….will follow 😉

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    Posted by jennysserendipity | February 23, 2012, 11:59 am
  16. Thanks for the following…………..Have a good day mate 😉 you miss vegemite? I do…

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    Posted by jennysserendipity | February 23, 2012, 12:36 pm
  17. Thank you for reading my artcile about the remark by a Japanese politician. I know you are familiar with China because you understood what I tried to write.

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    Posted by miyazakinorihide | February 24, 2012, 9:54 am
  18. Thanks for visiting my blog. It interests me that you’ve taught tertiary English courses. (What we call ESL?). I’ve had a lot of fun tutoring Bosnian immigrants — English is a toughy– but I found one great “visual aid” that I want to post something about before long.

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    Posted by christineevelynvance | February 24, 2012, 10:14 pm
  19. Hi, thank you for following my blog!

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    Posted by petrel41 | February 24, 2012, 11:34 pm
  20. Hi Craig – You’ve had a very interesting life! I’m interested in many of the issues that you’re involved with or interests.. homelessness, Travel, and teaching English. Thanks for stopping by my blog! ~Sherry~

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    Posted by Travel Spirit | February 24, 2012, 11:43 pm
  21. Hi Craig, thanks for liking our post about Brisbane. I was interested to see you have worked a lot with Aboriginal communities and was wondering if you could suggest anyone we could contact about getting work in the communities either in North Queensland or through Northern Territory? Obviously we are only in Australia for a few months this trip but would like to see more of Australia than just the East Coast cities and I am very interested in issues of social justice. Aaron is an electrician and I have worked in Corrections and Child Development in NZ. Sorry for the big comment. Oops!

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    Posted by Jo Fredric | February 25, 2012, 9:20 am
  22. Hi Craig,

    Thanks for the likes. I’ve enjoyed your articles this week. I have a few relatives from Auz, New Zealand and Fiji, so will be writing about your part of the world soon. There’s a bit more research needed first though.

    Fond South African regards.
    Tracy

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    Posted by tracyloveshistory | February 26, 2012, 1:38 am
  23. Thanks for all the likes on my blog…are you missing home?

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    Posted by BonMinou | February 26, 2012, 7:55 pm
  24. Thanks for the likes. I’m not much of a writer. It sounds like you have been living a very bold and colourful life 🙂
    ~ Marieke

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    Posted by CwithNuEyes | February 27, 2012, 8:12 am
  25. Hey. Thanks for dropping by in my blog 🙂

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    Posted by Cynical. Mistaken. Strong. (Chapter Deux) | February 27, 2012, 9:55 pm
  26. Many thanks for liking my post. It’s part of an ongoing dialogue on cave art and the origins of what we are. I grew up in Oz and never ‘got’ the aboriginal art. Maybe it’s too modern for me. cheers

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    Posted by Barb Drummond | February 27, 2012, 10:36 pm
  27. Thanks for your visit and Like my posts, I also added yours on my Follow List.

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    Posted by redwineinchina | February 28, 2012, 6:57 pm
  28. very interesting account! Thanks for sharing

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    Posted by ~mimo~ | February 28, 2012, 10:59 pm
  29. Hi! You don’t know how happy you made me! I think you were the first to notice my blog. 😀 Thank you so much for liking a post of mine! Your a good writer, I’ve read some of your posts. I wish I could write the way you do. 😦

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    Posted by gen | February 28, 2012, 11:34 pm
  30. Thanks for popping by recently and rating my blog. Your site looks interesting too so I’ll keep an eye out – the easiest way to do that is to click your ‘follow list’ I guess!

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    Posted by Corri | February 29, 2012, 7:03 am
  31. Hi Craig,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and supporting my first attempts at Chinese social media. I hope to get better at it with time! If you’re nostalgic about ozzie landscapes, the English version is here http://australianaesthetics.wordpress.com/

    Do you follow any Chinese bloggers or writers at all? I’m with a little team in Melbourne building a crowd-sourced translation website, and trying to source material from the Chinese web that would appeal to an international audience. Let me know if that’s of any interest to you – I’d be happy to have your view on it.

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    Posted by julienleyre | February 29, 2012, 7:44 am
  32. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my post Dalai Lama and Daytime Fireworks 😉

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    Posted by jennysserendipity | March 1, 2012, 1:36 am
  33. Thanks, Craig, for the “like” on my Word on the Street Post today. 🙂

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    Posted by Sheila T Illustrated | March 1, 2012, 12:56 pm
  34. Thanks for the thumbs up on my post “Dwyer Cottage.” Don’t know anyone that would like to buy it do you?

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    Posted by 63georgestreet | March 2, 2012, 12:41 pm
  35. Thank for the visit and the thumbs up on my post 30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself. I really need to work on a lot them 😉

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    Posted by jennysserendipity | March 3, 2012, 12:56 am
    • I could say the obvious, and say work on the spelling, but I won’t say that. I understand; you’re American 🙂

      For me, writing is about working on myself, as well as the writing style. So I think the article we are talking about certainly does that.

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      Posted by Craig Hill | March 3, 2012, 7:40 am
  36. Very impressive and sooooo interesting!

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    Posted by A Woman and Her Pen! | March 3, 2012, 12:27 pm
  37. Thank you for the support on me staying positive..Just taking a break from studying..My brain is pretty much fried so here I am back at wordpress 😉

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    Posted by jennysserendipity | March 4, 2012, 2:02 am
  38. … don’t have a clue what happen – thought for being a blogger you are very quite ????!!!! Something must have happen when I clicked – following, but now I’m on the right track !!! Again. Thanks for supporting me !!! *smile

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    Posted by viveka | March 5, 2012, 1:14 am
  39. Cirque du Soleil- when visit Royal Albert Hall, London with “Alegria”, the first show I saw – had a young small Asian girl that could handle 13 hula hop rings at one time and it’s scientific proven that the brain can only one remember 9 things as maximum at the time. She where amazing – the rings where bigger then she. http://youtu.be/ztXmzMvSXZ0 – enjoy!

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    Posted by viveka | March 5, 2012, 1:32 am
    • That must take incredible strength, control and concentration. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      Posted by Craig Hill | March 5, 2012, 7:59 am
      • For me … Cirque du Soleil – is the best on earth. Share so gladly *smile – was at a seminar for about 10 years ago – some American business guru – about customer service. He said that there is only one product that gives 100% customers satisfaction to all customers: Cirque du Soliel. Agree!!!

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        Posted by viveka | March 5, 2012, 8:02 am
  40. How do you have your own Wikipedia page!? I am thoroughly impressed! I wanted to thank you for your interest in my blog. I’m new to yours and still exploring. You seem to be quite the philanthropist; something we both have in common. If you haven’t checked out the website yet, please do (http://www.grantpros.org). We do a LOT of pro bono work, if we believe the organization really can make a change (they usually need to be extremely underfunded as well). I’m seriously considering incorporating as a nonprofit and focusing on getting other nonprofits grant-ready and training them in grant writing. I look forward to actually reading some of your posts (this was my first stop). I’ll touch base with you again soon!

    – Jason

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    Posted by The Grant Experts | March 5, 2012, 6:24 am
    • Thank you. I previously had a rather large funding grant from Vodafone, to help the homeless , when I was working for Big Issue magazine in Australia (Vodafone World Of Difference Award).

      Unfortunately, I was injured in a workplace assault, and on worker’s compensation for a year. When I came back, the money had been used for something else. No one could ever say what, though 😦

      I would like to do something similar again in the future. So maybe we can talk at a later date.

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      Posted by Craig Hill | March 5, 2012, 8:17 am
      • Definitely! I’m sorry to hear about the assault and the misuse of the previous grant. Unfortunately, there are some people out there who don’t realize that these grant awards really are a blessing, and they should be used to benefit the community, not some jerks bank account…

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        Posted by The Grant Experts | March 5, 2012, 9:24 am
  41. Thanks for visiting my blog today. Hope it was somewhat entertaining. 🙂

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    Posted by Pancua | March 5, 2012, 9:31 am
  42. Wow, thanks for throwing a ‘like’ on my article and reading my blog. That really means a lot to me coming from someone with your experience. I’m going to be walking on air all day today. Thank you so much.

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    Posted by Aj b33m3R | March 6, 2012, 1:26 am
  43. I posted a link to your site from the blog. It’s on the right-hand side under the heading “OUR FRIENDS.” I like to show a little appreciation for those who genuinely support my blog by re-visiting, liking, commenting, etc. The anchor text reads “WRITING BY CRAIG.” I would be more than happy to change that to whatever you’d like it to read. Let me know!

    P.S. There’s only 7 of you on that list!

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    Posted by The Grant Experts | March 6, 2012, 4:00 pm
  44. Thank you for liking my post about my advice in life…Happy Sunday 😉

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    Posted by jennysserendipity | March 12, 2012, 12:06 am
  45. Hello Craig,

    Thanks for stopping by and liking my post about the Tsunami Anniversary. A sad day for the Japanese and the families you lost love ones in the tragedy.

    Happy week for yah,

    Jenny

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    Posted by jennysserendipity | March 13, 2012, 2:34 pm
  46. Hi Craig,

    I just want to take a moment to express my thanks for your continued support. It hasn’t gone unnoticed and is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks so much!

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    Posted by fantasyfurnace | March 17, 2012, 12:53 pm
  47. Hi Craig,

    Congratulations! I have nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger award.

    If you’ve received the award previously, then know I feel you deserve another one.

    Rules and other information about the award are at

    http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/versatile-blogger-award-again-thanks-ann/

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    Posted by petrel41 | March 18, 2012, 3:00 am
  48. Hiya!

    Thank you for the visit and liking my post about Old Barn by Ronneil Camara Photography. Sorry was not able to thanked you right away since my week was pretty hectic. Happy weekend.

    🙂

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    Posted by jennysserendipity | March 18, 2012, 6:55 am
  49. Thank you for all the likes and thank you for following all my post. Cheers and have a great week ahead!

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    Posted by jennysserendipity | March 18, 2012, 5:20 pm
  50. Thank you for liking my post, “Baby Got Tech” post. Have a good week ahead!

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    Posted by jennysserendipity | March 19, 2012, 10:18 am
  51. Thank you for the read and the post my friend. Awesome site.

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    Posted by Anthonee | March 25, 2012, 9:46 pm
  52. Hi Craig thankyou for visiting my blog. I found your blog very interesting. I cannot help but think we have met. You may or may not have read some of the cafe series I have been writing. Where you ever a diner at Danny’s Brasserie (Goulburn)?

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    Posted by PHILLTHEDILL | March 26, 2012, 7:36 am
  53. thanks for stopping by! bookmarked ya!

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    Posted by rob los ricos | May 15, 2012, 8:51 am
  54. Thanks for following, and thanks for all the likes too! Great site you’ve got here

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    Posted by tombradman | May 15, 2012, 9:46 am
  55. Craig, I thought I should tell you how your headline stories help keep me up to date about what’s happening in your part of the world. Official policy here is against anything but the most fluffy pro stories appearing locally, so your site is valuable to me. Keep up the good work (and thanks for your support of my blog). 🙂

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    Posted by The Wanderlust Gene | May 20, 2012, 10:50 am
  56. Thanks for liking my post about the ICC briefing of the U.N. Security Council on Libya. I invite your comments on my posts. Agree or disagree. Point out errors. All welcome.

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    Posted by Duane Krohnke | May 27, 2012, 8:48 am
  57. Hi there! Thanks for liking my recent post on World War III. I’m fairly new to ‘promoting’ my blog in social media, but I’ve had a lot of interest in some of the other posts as well. And your blog is a great resource for information as well. Much more to come and I hope you’ll visit often!

    http://tribeharvest.wordpress.com/

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    Posted by JT | June 19, 2012, 3:24 pm
  58. I look forward to exploring your site, looks like a lot of great info! Being a newcomer in Hong Kong, I can use all the info I can find!

    Thanks for stopping in recently & the ‘like’ at “Memories on the Journey”… We hope you’ll come back again soon. Be encouraged & walk in Truth! Blessings, -jk

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    Posted by M & J | June 20, 2012, 11:21 am
  59. Hi Craig,

    Thank you for following and checking back on my blog! You seem to have a very developed site here. While it appears to be more news-related, I’d be happy to contribute my experiences in Beijing if given the opportunity. Hope to hear from you soon!

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    Posted by Jia | July 3, 2012, 4:16 pm
  60. at first i thought u were another internet lansquenet of the government…until start to read your blog! i really like your blog!

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    Posted by Chloe | July 9, 2012, 2:18 pm
  61. Thanks for liking my post!
    I am reading some articles now from your blog-
    really extensive-
    Will be checking back-
    I have a number of films and sounds from China,
    Best

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    Posted by framingsounds | July 10, 2012, 11:11 pm
  62. Thank you so much for visiting my new blog and liking several of my posts. China and parts of Asia are an important part of my life, and I am trying to learn all I can about the needs there. Thank you.

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    Posted by writebonnierose | July 14, 2012, 7:30 am
  63. Thanks so much for liking my new blog! Like so many here your kind support is greatly appreciated. Have a good day!

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    Posted by macau41 | July 20, 2012, 11:56 pm
  64. From Japan. Thank you for visiting my blog. You are the first person who visited my blog from China and clicked “like”.

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    Posted by aquacompass7 | July 21, 2012, 5:38 am
  65. Thanks Craig for liking my post about garlic soap! Have you seen/tried it?
    I’m always looking for Xinjiang/Guangdong news, so continue keeping me/us apprised!

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    Posted by buildingmybento | October 28, 2012, 12:06 pm
  66. Hello! Thank you for following my blog, I really appreciate it! 🙂 Your articles are really interesting and I plan to come back so beware! You’re going to see me a lot!

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    Posted by monkeyfacekim | November 25, 2012, 8:36 am
  67. Thank you follow my blog,
    friendly succes for you my friend.

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    Posted by kaligrafinusantaraonline | September 5, 2013, 11:59 am
  68. how do you escape censorship craig??

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    Posted by cho wan yau | December 30, 2013, 5:02 am
    • I imagine it is only a matter of time. Chinese authorities have already tried to bully me into handing the entire site over to state media. I refused to do so.

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      Posted by China Daily Mail | December 30, 2013, 5:06 am
      • Oh be careful because they’ll just make up some charges and throw you in jail, like they did Ai Wei Wei, some tax evasion bullshit and there is no way of defending yourself. If they say you are guilty then you are.

        Is it worth going to jail? I imagine their prisons are not holiday camps and once behind lock doors I dread to think.

        Even in the populace human rights is not top priority.

        I’d be very cautious if I were you. If you are out of action incarcerated you can’t expose the truth can you? Maybe some other more devious way??

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        Posted by cho wan yau | December 30, 2013, 5:39 am
      • They have totally humiliated themselves several times in the past by making veiled threats similar to what you have stated here. First they threatened to cancel my visa, then they threatened to call me in for “questioning.”

        The humiliation for them lies in the fact that I live in Australia, not China. Apparently their narrow-minded concept of the world didn’t allow them to think outside their own jurisdiction.

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        Posted by China Daily Mail | December 30, 2013, 5:56 am
      • Oh you are safe then. No, not even the mighty Chinese Communist Party machinery can extend to censorship in Australia. They may be able to get some smartypants IT expert to stop readers accessing your blog.

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        Posted by cho wan yau | December 30, 2013, 6:16 am
      • They can block it, but there are plenty of VPNs to get around the Great Firewall.

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        Posted by China Daily Mail | December 30, 2013, 7:07 am
  69. Thanks for stopping by and liking my posts. You guys are pretty dedicated out here.

    My own views of China are pretty unique as an expat, so I usually refrain from commenting too much on China only expat sites. It’s still cool to see all kinds of different voices out there.

    Keep up the good work.

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    Posted by renlingshuiyue | January 24, 2014, 9:52 am
  70. I like this blog. the top news always seem so up-to-date and exiting.

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    Posted by CrazyGuyinThailand | June 22, 2014, 3:20 am
  71. if you ever want an opinion or interest piece from someone inside of China’s Olympic team i may be interested to write you one.

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    Posted by physioshane | June 27, 2014, 6:42 pm
  72. Hello China Daily! I am in! Lou

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