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The West once dreamed of democracy taking root in rural China

Why bother counting?The West once dreamed of democracy taking root in rural ChinaThe Communist Party is redoubling its efforts to make sure it does notChinaJan 16th 2021 edition“I LIKE WINNING better than losing,” America’s then president, Bill Clinton, told villagers in China in 1998 as they prepared to elect their community’s leader. In a gentle prod...

To show support for democracy, some Hong Kongers don yellow masks

Masked defianceTo show support for democracy, some Hong Kongers don yellow masksThe colour carries risksChinaJan 16th 2021 editionON THE STREETS of Hong Kong, few traces remain of the turmoil in 2019 when tear gas, rubber bullets and stand-offs between police and pro-democracy demonstrators were an ever-present hazard. Especially since June, when China...

Many in China are strikingly accepting of harsh virus controls

ChaguanMany in China are strikingly accepting of harsh virus controlsA year into the pandemic, ordinary Chinese are strikingly accepting of harsh virus controlsChinaJan 16th 2021 editionON JANUARY 10th an office worker surnamed Zhou was diagnosed with covid-19 in Xicheng, a district of Beijing. For officials under orders to keep the virus out of China’s...

Hong Kong arrests dozens of pro-democracy activists

Knee-capping oppositionHong Kong arrests dozens of pro-democracy activistsTheir alleged offence: trying to topple the chief executive by gaining a majority in the legislatureChinaJan 9th 2021 editionTHE NATIONAL-SECURITY law which China imposed on Hong Kong in June was meant, some of its backers once insisted, to rely more on its bark than its bite....

Stand-up is booming in China, with women centre-stage

A woman walks into a barStand-up is booming in China, with women centre-stageAs Yang Li discovered, some men can’t take a jokeChinaJan 9th 2021 edition“MEN ARE adorable,” begins Yang Li in a sketch first aired last year. “But mysterious...After all, they can look so average and yet be so full of confidence.” It seemed a gentle dig by the newly crowned...

Cynicism explains a flawed new EU-China commercial pact

ChaguanCynicism explains a flawed new EU-China commercial pactEuropean officials differ over whether they have just handed China a big, unnecessary, political winChinaJan 7th 2021 editionBUOYED BY A growing economy, cheered by a domestic public united by the fight against covid-19, and eager to start shipping vaccines to friends around the world, China’s...

Hong Kong rounds up pro-democracy activists

Cut down in their primaryHong Kong rounds up pro-democracy activistsPolice arrest more than 50 campaigners and politicians under its national-security lawChinaTHE HARSH national-security law which China imposed on Hong Kong in June once relied more on its bark than its bite. During its first few months in force, only 35 people were arrested under the...

How the pandemic strengthened the Chinese Communist party

Year in review: ChinaHow the pandemic strengthened the Chinese Communist partyXi Jinping has tightened his grip at home, but caused nervousness abroadChinaTHE PAST YEAR will be forever linked with China. It was the year when a rising global power, already causing jitters in the West by challenging American supremacy and democratic values, became linked...

Extreme poverty is history in China, officials say

The fruits of growthExtreme poverty is history in China, officials sayInequality is a different matterChinaJan 2nd 2021 editionEARLY IN DECEMBER China announced that it had eradicated extreme poverty within its territory. This achievement is breathtaking in scale. By the World Bank’s estimate, some 800m people in China have escaped penury in the past...

China jails a citizen journalist for vlogging about covid

A witness silencedChina jails a citizen journalist for vlogging about covidZhang Zhan got a four-year sentence for her attempt to report independently from WuhanChinaJan 2nd 2021 editionIN A VIDEO posted in February to YouTube, Zhang Zhan (pictured) insisted that people in China had the right to speak freely and monitor officials. She was reflecting...

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