Economist/China Politics

Latest articles

NGOs in China have helped the government provide covid-related relief

Directed by the partyNGOs in China have helped the government provide covid-related reliefThat will not earn them more freedomChinaJul 11th 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 our hubTHE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY winces...

Under a new national-security law, Hong Kong is already a changed city

The party’s gripUnder a new national-security law, Hong Kong is already a changed cityResidents have long feared that it might turn into just another Chinese city. That is happening, fastChinaJul 11th 2020 editionHONG KONGERS had long worried that the Communist Party would transform the territory by stealth into just another Chinese city. In the past...

A Sino-American bond, forged by Chinese students, is in peril

ChaguanA Sino-American bond, forged by Chinese students, is in perilPlummeting Chinese demand for a US education will undermine American soft powerChinaJul 11th 2020 editionTHE FIRST Chinese graduate from an American university, Yung Wing, deemed his college years the great adventure of his life. Alas, his graduation from Yale in 1854, sponsored by...

As students prepare for China’s college-entrance exam, a scandal brews

Another kind of testAs students prepare for China’s college-entrance exam, a scandal brewsTo reduce the risk of infections, the gaokao is taking place under tight restrictionsChinaCHEN CHUNXIU was applying to join an adult-education programme when she discovered, to her surprise, that she already had a degree. The 36-year-old kindergarten teacher from...

China’s devoted, combative celebrity fan clubs

Star warsChina’s devoted, combative celebrity fan clubsA true fan downloads multiple copies of the same song and insults rival starsChinaJul 4th 2020 edition“THE UNTAMED”, a costume martial-arts drama, is one of the most-watched television series in China. Since its online release last year it has been viewed 8bn times. Its heart-throb star, Xiao Zhan...

The West cannot force China to read its interests differently

ChaguanThe West cannot force China to read its interests differentlyBut democracies can work together to build defences against China’s predatory behaviourChinaJul 2nd 2020 editionIN RECENT DAYS, as China prepared to turn Hong Kong into a cowed simulacrum of a world city—a shiny stage-set of modernity, run from the shadows by the mainland’s hard men—Chaguan...

A new national-security bill to intimidate Hong Kong

The evening of its daysA new national-security bill to intimidate Hong KongIt is harsher than the gloomiest predictionsChinaA SENIOR CHINESE official called it a “birthday gift” for Hong Kong. It was a chilling choice of words for the biggest blow to the territory’s freedoms since Britain handed it back to China in 1997. Close to midnight on June 30th,...

Hong Kong begins life under a new Chinese national-security law

Unhappy birthdayHong Kong begins life under a new Chinese national-security lawDefiant protesters get a taste of what it will be likeChinaEditor's note: This story has been updated since it was first publishedIF CHINA’S RULERS hoped the new national-security law they have imposed on Hong Kong late on June 30th would immediately cow its critics there...

Hong Kong braces itself for repression by China’s Communist Party

Unhappy birthdayHong Kong braces itself for repression by China’s Communist PartyEven before the details are known, a new national-security law has domestic and international consequencesChinaHONG KONGERS still do not know exactly what the new national-security law China is imposing on the territory contains. In May China announced it would enact a...

Hong Kong braces itself for Chinese repression

Unhappy birthdayHong Kong braces itself for Chinese repressionEven before the details are known, a new national-security law has domestic and international consequencesChinaHONG KONGERS still do not know exactly what the new national-security law China is imposing on the territory contains. In May China announced it would enact a bill for Hong Kong...

Discover, share and read the best on the web

Subscribe to RSS Feeds, Blogs, Podcasts, Twitter searches, Facebook pages, even Email Newsletters! Get unfiltered news feeds or filter them to your liking.

Get Inoreader
Inoreader - Subscribe to RSS Feeds, Blogs, Podcasts, Twitter searches, Facebook pages, even Email Newsletters!