With the onset of China’s economic reforms in the late 1970s, a widespread belief took hold in the United States and throughout the Western world that establishing robust economic relations with the “new China” would lead to gradual political...
Huawei's founder, Ren Zhengfei, says he first saw advanced technology as a young technician in the military during the chaos and terror of the Cultural Revolution. The Chinese government wanted to provide an impoverished population with one piece of decent...
“What we should and can reform, we will resolutely reform. What shouldn’t be reformed and cannot be reformed, we will resolutely refrain from changing.” Not the tone optimists had been hoping for from Chinese President Xi Jinping, speaking this week 40...
One of Beijing’s top goals is transforming China into a technology powerhouse, so what happens to Huawei matters beyond China’s own borders. As Ken Hu, the “rotating” chairman at Huawei Technologies, made the case during a briefing in southern China...
Alex Joske was still young when the Olympic Torch Relay passed through Australia on its way to Beijing in 2008, but he still vividly remembers the scuffles and fights that accompanied it on its path. Pro-Tibet and pro-Beijing supporters...
China may be close to achieving something “never before tried at any time in history,” the scholar Nicholas Eberstadt said last week. That new creation: “market totalitarianism.” No country has ever achieved vibrant, entrepreneurial prosperity while denying its people political freedom. And...
Countries around the world are pushing back against China's revival as a major global power. China's sheer size and population make it a heavyweight, and a clear strategic rival to the United States. It is the world's most populous country and among...
"A thousand newspapers with the same front page" is how the Chinese have for decades described the enforced uniformity of the country's state-controlled media. Now, one face increasingly dominates those front pages. It belongs to China's president, Xi Jinping, who...
Ten years ago on Wednesday, the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics showcased a fast-growing, economically powerful China with unmistakable ambitions to be a major global player. Just a few days ago, the Chinese authorities demolished the studio of artist Ai...
On Monday morning Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was in Buenos Aires, about 20,000 kilometres from Beijing, doing her best to repair Australia’s tattered diplomatic relationship with China. Back in Australia, something like all-out war had broken out between the opposing...

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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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