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China aims to cut its net carbon-dioxide emissions to zero by 2060

A greener horizonChina aims to cut its net carbon-dioxide emissions to zero by 2060Achieving this will not be easyChinaSep 24th 2020 editionIN A RECORDED video message to the UN General Assembly on September 22nd, China’s leader, Xi Jinping, made a surprise announcement. He said that as well as aiming to halt the rise of its carbon emissions by 2030—much...

A prominent critic of China’s leader gets 18 years in jail

A loose cannon silencedA prominent critic of China’s leader gets 18 years in jailRen Zhiqiang’s sentencing shows that wayward princelings cannot expect leniencyChinaSep 26th 2020 edition“BIG GUN REN can no longer fire,” sighed one netizen in a (swiftly censored) post on Weibo, a social-media platform. On September 22nd a court in Beijing had found Ren...

Calling for “reciprocity” is not making China or the West happier

ChaguanCalling for “reciprocity” is not making China or the West happierAs long as China’s view is “stay open to us, or we’ll hurt you,” talk about fairness will not solve muchChinaSep 24th 2020 editionRARELY IN THE history of China’s contacts with the West have so many powerful people, in so many capitals, agreed that relations must be guided by the...

The bruised city of Wuhan has become a showcase for China

Washing away the tearsThe bruised city of Wuhan has become a showcase for ChinaDespite their outrage early in the pandemic, many of its citizens now accept the party lineChinaSep 19th 2020 editionEditor’s note: Some of our covid-19 coverage is free for readers of The Economist Today, our daily newsletter. For more stories and our pandemic tracker, see...

The families of China’s pre-Communist elite remain privileged

The landlords are backThe families of China’s pre-Communist elite remain privilegedThe old elite suffered under Mao, but their descendants are prosperingChinaSep 19th 2020 editionTHESE DAYS the Chinese Communist Party prefers to play down the horrors unleashed by Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s. But a rare chronicle of the period...

China’s anti-poverty drive is not disinterested charity

ChaguanChina’s anti-poverty drive is not disinterested charityIt is about transforming people’s thoughtsChinaSep 19th 2020 editionSTRIVING TO OBEY an order from President Xi Jinping—namely, that extreme poverty must be eliminated in China by the end of 2020—officials have given many things to Jizi Arimo, a 47-year-old widow and mother of four. Chaguan...

The Vatican faces criticism for pursuing closer ties with China

How many masses is Taipei worth?The Vatican faces criticism for pursuing closer ties with ChinaBut it will probably renew a controversial agreement with Beijing this monthChinaA CONSISTENT THEME of Pope Francis’s papacy has been a drive to improve relations with China, with which the Holy See has had no official ties since 1951. He became pope in 2013,...

China’s Communist Party is splurging on new local drop-in centres

The red front-lineChina’s Communist Party is splurging on new local drop-in centresFilling them can be a challengeChinaSep 12th 2020 editionIN SHENZHEN’S GLISTENING tech district, opposite the headquarters of Tencent, a giant digital conglomerate, the Communist Party vies for attention. “Follow the party, start your business” is etched into a futuristic-looking...

China’s rulers will pay a high price for repression in Hong Kong

ChaguanChina’s rulers will pay a high price for repression in Hong KongIt will have an outsize impact on whether foreigners trust ChinaChinaAug 22nd 2020 editionTHE WORLD has a right to be shocked by China’s rapid crushing of civic freedoms in Hong Kong. But outsiders should not be surprised. Western politicians spent years arguing that China, out of...

Changes to China’s hukou system are creating new divides

Worlds apartChanges to China’s hukou system are creating new dividesThe rich find it easier to move to big cities; the poor are being pushed towards small onesChinaCHEN JUN had a good job in Shanghai making eyeglasses. Last year he gave it up and went back to his home village in Anhui, an inland province. He dug out a basin, filled it with water and...

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