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On a warm Sunday summer evening a few years ago, two officials from the Chinese consulate in Sydney travelled to Melbourne to send a message. They were interested in a caller to an occasionally provocative Sunday evening talk back show...
If you’re struggling to make sense of the latest standoff between the Chinese and Indian militaries 10,000 feet in the Himalayas, don’t fret: You’re in good company. The showdown at Doka La is the product of a multi-layered, multi-party...
China’s ethnic “problems” get a lot of attention from the outside world. Whatever their political leanings, Westerners can find something interesting to read about China’s treatment of its ethnic minorities, whether on the plight of the Tibetans or rising...
China is making significant headway in preventing toxic algal blooms, by decreasing a pollutant — phosphorus — in its lakes. Phosphorus, a mineral and an ingredient in farm fertilizer runoff that can prompt algae to multiply, dropped 60 percent in...
When President Donald Trump yanked America's support for the Paris Climate Accords, pundits were quick to hail China as the world's new environmental leader. Two veteran journalists wrote that the decision was “the greatest strategic gift to the Chinese,...
This post is part of Blinkist's books-in-blinks series. The series provides key messages from books that you might not have time to read in their entirety. Here are the key messages from Dealing With China by Former US Treasury Secretary Henry...
The Chinese Communist Party exercises sovereignty over 1.4 billion people. In doing so, it suppresses free speech, regulates political activity and exercises a pervasive program of propaganda in education, the arts and the news media. There are no elections...
In 2014 Chinese President Xi Jinping set out the aims of Chinese soft power in this way: "To give a good Chinese narrative, and better communicate China's messages to the world". "To be portrayed as a civilised place featuring a...
The real opportunity is in rooftop solar, not just renewable megaprojects. It's a common sight in rural China: rows and rows of low-rise apartment buildings, oftentopped by solar water heaters the size of kitchen tables. By one estimate, 30 million...
President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement caused anger and anxiety across the world, with one major exception: China. With the US stepping away from its role as a leader of the global fight against climate change,...
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On a warm Sunday summer evening a few years ago, two officials from the Chinese consulate in Sydney travelled to Melbourne to send a...

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