The Trump administration says it wants to ban the popular short-video app TikTok in the United States, because TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, is Chinese. Washington is worried that the personal data of the many millions of Americans using the app could...
The sight of Australian journalists — including the ABC's Bill Birtles — fleeing China should strip anyone of their illusions about this dangerous period in the world. The future looks increasingly like Cold War 2.0 with growing conflict with an authoritarian superpower...

China alone

In his most recent New Year’s speech, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that 2020 would be ‘a milestone’. Xi was right, but not in the way he expected. Far from having ‘friends in every corner of the world’, as he boasted...
China announced sanctions against me this week for the second time in a month. This time it was for speaking out against China’s deepening control of Hong Kong. The first time, in July, the Chinese government sanctioned me and banned me from traveling...
While Covid-19 has dominated news for much of the year — and understandably so, as people and businesses fight for their survival — a larger, longer-lasting problem has been unfolding in the background, which many businesses will soon need...
Malign actors in Beijing, Moscow, Tehran and elsewhere are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to sow chaos through conspiracy theories — most heinously, the notion that the United States created the disease. This should come as no surprise, as the ruling regimes...
A decade ago, I first saw signs that Chinese news organizations were operating as global spy dens and diplomatic outposts. Last week, America decided not only to call them out for what they do, but to punish them further for this...
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...

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