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China thinks it can avoid Middle Eastern traps that caught America

ChaguanChina thinks it can avoid Middle Eastern traps that caught AmericaIt may find that hardChinaApr 10th 2021 editionCHINA’S LEADERS are trying to reinvent how great powers operate in the Middle East. They have busied themselves in recent years signing trade deals and co-operation agreements with regional powers that are, most of the time, rivals...

The plight of China’s “left-behind” children

In grandpa’s chargeThe plight of China’s “left-behind” childrenSome 31m live apart from both parents, who have moved for work in citiesChinaApr 10th 2021 editionEVERY SPRING, the Qingming festival brings families together for displays of respect and sorrow at the burial sites of their deceased relatives. Some travel a long way to reunite over the three-day...

China wants to make its Christians more Chinese

Clearing out the foreignChina wants to make its Christians more Chinese“Sinification” involves a five-year plan, of courseChinaApr 3rd 2021 editionIN 1867 AN English missionary, James Hudson Taylor, wrote a letter home defending his policy of encouraging fellow preachers in China to wear Chinese robes and the Manchu-style pigtail. By dressing in Western...

A joint WHO-China study of covid-19’s origins leaves much unclear

Anywhere but hereA joint WHO-China study of covid-19’s origins leaves much unclearIt will do nothing to dispel suspicions that China is being less than openChinaApr 3rd 2021 editionWEEKS AFTER a team of experts from China and the World Health Organisation (WHO) conducted a joint inquiry into the origins of covid-19, their report, released on March 30th,...

China is betting that the West is in irreversible decline

ChaguanChina is betting that the West is in irreversible declineThe country’s leaders see their moment, and are seizing itChinaApr 3rd 2021 editionITS GAZE fixed on the prize of becoming rich and strong, China has spent the past 40 years as a risk-averse bully. Quick to inflict pain on smaller powers, it has been more cautious around any country capable...

Will countries boycott China’s Olympics in 2022?

Winter of discontentWill countries boycott China’s Olympics in 2022?Outrage about Xinjiang is fuelling calls to stay awayChinaMar 27th 2021 editionIN 2015, WHEN the International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics to Beijing, some people criticised the decision because of China’s human-rights record. Just in the previous few weeks...

Cloud-seeding will not solve China’s water shortages

No silver liningCloud-seeding will not solve China’s water shortagesSo why does the government plan to do more of it?ChinaMar 27th 2021 editionIN EARLY MARCH a small aeroplane being used by a local weather bureau crashed in a village in the southern province of Jiangxi. All five people on board were killed and one person on the ground was injured. Footage...

Chinese divorce courts are places of peril for women

ChaguanChinese divorce courts are places of peril for womenIn the name of social stability, judges make it tough for wives to end bad marriagesChinaMar 27th 2021 editionACCORDING TO THE letter of the law, a Chinese family court should be a safe haven for Wang Fumei (not her real name), a 36-year-old battered wife and mother of two. In-store security...

A hostile meeting sets the tone for US-China relations

Acrimony across the PacificA hostile meeting sets the tone for US-China relationsJoe Biden’s administration shows no sign of changing Donald Trump’s confrontational policyChinaLONG BEFORE it started, it was clear that the first high-level meeting between America and China during Joe Biden’s presidency would be deemed a success only if it appeared to...

Campaigners in China struggle to improve the lot of the disabled

The unseenCampaigners in China struggle to improve the lot of the disabledLong ostracised, growing numbers of disabled people are demanding their rightsChinaMar 20th 2021 editionFEW PEOPLE relish a visit to the dentist. For those who are autistic, it can involve unusual torment—some people with the condition have extremely sensitive mouths. Most of...

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