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How the crisis over Taiwan will change US-China relations

China | Danger aheadThe showdown looks set to usher in a perilous new era of hostilityIn january 1950, three months after the Communist victory in China’s civil war, President Harry Truman issued a statement. America, he declared, would not intervene militarily to help China’s defeated Nationalists, who had fled to the island of Taiwan. Mao Zedong was...

The crisis over Taiwan is yet another test for Xi Jinping

China | Balancing actChina’s president tries to appear strong, while avoiding a warIT IS A case study in how not to manage expectations. As Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of America’s House of Representatives, mulled a trip to Taiwan, officials in China, which claims the island, warned her to stay away. “If she dares to go, just wait and see,” said a foreign-ministry...

China sends missiles flying over Taiwan

China | ExercisedWhether it could conquer the island is another questionTOURISTS, CLAD in shorts and sandals, gathered on China’s Pingtan island. Some clutched umbrellas to ward off the sun. Those with cameras tended to point them at the blue waters of the Haitan Strait, which divides Pingtan from Fujian, a province on the country’s east coast. Their...

Nancy Pelosi has left Taiwan. The real crisis may be just beginning

China | Speaker and responseA trip intended to support a beleaguered democracy may end up tightening its encirclementFOR MORE than a decade, first as vice-president and now as president, Joe Biden has told the Chinese that the only thing worse than an intended conflict is an unintended one. The accident he feared may now be materialising. A visit by...

Relations between China and Europe grow more tense

China | Showing more bottleIn a continent once keen on close ties with China, views have grown much warierAn old factory building in a former industrial district of Prague has been converted into one of the city’s cultural highlights. It houses the dox Centre for Contemporary Art, a privately run gallery where a current exhibition takes aim at China...

The trade war within China

China | Tearing down the bamboo wallsLocal protectionism is pernicious and persistentAlthough many are embarrassed to admit it, foreign correspondents learn a lot from taxi drivers. In China economic correspondents can also learn a lot from the taxis themselves. Most cabs in Beijing are Hyundai Elantras. In Shanghai they are often the Volkswagen Touran...

How Uyghurs became so good at English

China | Lessons from Malcolm XThey had help from famous black AmericansWhen president xi jinping visited the region of Xinjiang this month, he painted China as a tolerant, multi-ethnic country. Never mind that after Mr Xi’s last visit, in 2014, China launched a campaign of mass detentions and unprecedented surveillance to quell resistance among local...

Talk of Nancy Pelosi visiting Taiwan angers China

China | Travel bugTimes have changed since a Speaker of America’s House of Representatives last went to the islandThe last time a Speaker of America’s House of Representatives visited Taiwan, the Chinese government could do little more than grumble. Newt Gingrich, who held the position from 1995 to 1999, stopped over in 1997 and met the island’s president...

New subvariants are the latest challenge to China’s zero-covid policy

China | Test after testOmicron BA.5 has several cities on edgeIn early July Steven Ho, a lawmaker in Hong Kong, tested positive for covid-19. That is hardly news in a city reporting some 3,000 new cases a day. But two days earlier Mr Ho had stood just metres away from Xi Jinping, China’s president. Mr Ho would have been tested and made to quarantine...

A new subvariant is the latest challenge to China’s zero-covid policy

China | Test after testOmicron BA.5 has several cities on edgeIn early July Steven Ho, a lawmaker in Hong Kong, tested positive for covid-19. That is hardly news in a city reporting some 3,000 new cases a day. But two days earlier Mr Ho had stood just metres away from Xi Jinping, China’s president. Mr Ho would have been tested and made to quarantine...

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