Slowing economic growth. A rancorous trade war. Recalcitrant protesters in Hong Kong. A mass die-off of pigs and surging food prices. The frustrations are piling up for China’s leader, Xi Jinping. But a gathering of the Communist Party elite this week will grapple with...
On September 26 last year, China passed a milestone that was barely mentioned and certainly not celebrated. The People’s Republic had on that Wednesday in autumn outlived its one-time ally and patron, the Soviet Union. It was an achievement that showcased...
When protesters in Hong Kong targeted the Chinese government's headquarters in the city, social media users in China were united in outrage. "The dignity of our motherland won't be allowed to be trampled," one person wrote on Weibo, the country's highly-censored equivalent...
Hong Kong’s administration has backed down over the controversial extradition bill, but the canary in the coalmine of China’s tacit acceptance of democracy is already dead. Under China’s “one country, two systems” model, Hong Kong was given the guarantee that the...
European Union leaders sat down this week in Brussels for a summit with a China it recently branded a “systemic rival, ” and the United States is nearing the end game trade talks with a China that national security...
His special envoy makes clear the administration’s priority is depriving the regime of nuclear weapons. Before President Trump announced in Tuesday’s State of the Union address that he would hold another summit this month with Kim Jong Un, he indulged...
For many Chinese people, numbers have tremendous meaning. Four, for instance, is to be avoided at all costs, as it sounds like “death” in Cantonese; six brings luck. And because nine sounds like “long-lasting,” it represents longevity, especially at...
Four decades ago, the Chinese Communist Party, under its new leader Deng Xiaoping, decided to subordinate ideology to wealth creation, spawning a new aphorism, “To get rich is glorious.” The party’s central committee, disavowing Mao Zedong’s thought as dogma,...
Most Western predictions about the future of China’s rise are ominous, ranging from theories about how the country will perfect an authoritarian society to how it will serve as a model for a less free future. But while reporting in Japan on Wednesday,...
China's approach to United States President Donald Trump's trade war reveals weakness in the country's leadership, says King's College London's Kerry Brown. Xi Jinping is largely talked about as a strong leader presiding over a centralised state system, within which...

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What’s behind China’s space programme expansion

China is a relative late-bloomer when it comes to the world of space exploration. But just 15 years after it first sent an astronaut into...

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