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China believes that America is forging alliances to stop its rise

ChinaSep 25th 2021 editionChaguanChina believes that America is forging alliances to stop its riseA new pact between America, Australia and Britain is seen as evidenceFOR CHINESE leaders, the rows about AUKUS, a new security pact between America, Australia and Britain, confirm cherished prejudices about the Western world. China has always believed that...

In the West, China holds growing sway over Chinese-language media

ChinaSep 25th 2021 editionBlack, white and red all overIn the West, China holds growing sway over Chinese-language mediaWeChat is helping to amplify the Communist Party’s voiceIN 2019, AT a conference in China of Chinese-language media firms from around the world, a senior official deviated from his script to make his point clear. It was, he said, the...

China pledges to stop financing coal plants abroad

ChinaXi’s coal comfortChina promises to stop backing new coal-power projects overseasBut it largely has anyway, and its coal-burning at home matters far moreIN A TELEVISED speech on September 21st Xi Jinping, China’s president, told the United Nations that the country would stop supporting new coal-power projects overseas. Taken at face value, this...

China promises to stop backing new coal-power projects overseas

ChinaXi’s coal comfortChina promises to stop backing new coal-power projects overseasBut it largely has anyway, and its coal-burning at home matters far moreIN A TELEVISED speech on September 21st Xi Jinping, China’s president, told the United Nations that the country would stop supporting new coal-power projects overseas. Taken at face value, this...

Protesters in China besiege an indebted property developer

ChinaSep 18th 2021 editionRising dampProtesters in China besiege an indebted property developerAngry investors have flocked to several of Evergrande’s officesPROTESTS BY ANGRY investors are common in China. Average folk who have been deceived by online lenders or other scam artists have few outlets for redress. They occupy office lobbies until a senior...

The Chinese Communist Party’s model emperor

ChinaSep 18th 2021 editionChaguanThe Chinese Communist Party’s model emperorA Qing dynasty ruler is praised for pacifying China’s borderlandsWHAT WITH his dozens of concubines, his obsession with collecting precious jade and his penchant for inscribing his own (not very good) poems onto ancient paintings, the Qianlong emperor makes an unlikely hero...

China is becoming more assertive in international legal disputes

ChinaSep 18th 2021 editionCourting influenceChina is becoming more assertive in international legal disputesParty leaders are using such cases to reshape legal and regulatory normsIN EARLY JANUARY the Communist Party published a five-year plan for the development of “socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics”. Most of the document is domestically...

China has become a laboratory for the regulation of digital technology

ChinaSep 11th 2021 editionCodified crackdownChina has become a laboratory for the regulation of digital technologyThere are new protections, but not from the Communist PartyWITH FOREIGN competitors such as Facebook and Google blocked, domestic tech giants have for two decades dominated the Chinese market. The Communist Party has kept a firm grip on...

A provocative blog post stirs up a firestorm in China

ChinaSep 11th 2021 editionTalkin’ ‘bout a revolutionA provocative blog post stirs up a firestorm in ChinaNo one knows how far Xi Jinping’s campaign against inequality will goUNTIL RECENTLY Li Guangman, the retired editor of an obscure state-owned newspaper who writes leftist screeds online for a few fellow travellers, was unknown to the general public....

A new book looks behind Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign

ChinaSep 11th 2021 editionChaguanA new book looks behind Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaignAnd shows that princelings are still exemptTHE CALL from China came in the early morning. Desmond Shum, a former tycoon now living in the West, heard the voice of his ex-wife, Duan Weihong, for the first time in four years. Ms Duan vanished in Beijing in September...

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