Best stories of the year

Best stories of the year

2019 in review: The told and untold stories of China
Part of what inspires someone to read Inkstone every day is a desire to understand China — one of the most complex, and often contradictory, countries in the world. As 2019 comes to a close, we believe the year was defined by extremes of these inspirations and disappointments.  The one defining story for China in 2019 also happens to be one of the biggest stories in the world, period. When people write a history of 2019, they will begin with the protest movement in Hong Kong. On June 9, hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets of Hong Kong to demonstrate against a bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be transferred to mainland China. At the time, we did not know that i