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Notwithstanding Washington drama and parlor games, the biggest story of the decade is that America’s response to China’s economic and military aggression has changed dramatically. With bipartisan support in Congress, President Donald Trump has moved forcefully to toughen allied...
Flashback to China’s Tiananmen Square 30 years ago, to the days and weeks before the Chinese government’s brutal crackdown on June 4, 1989 — and to the very different world back then. Thousands of peaceful protesters, many camped out in tents,...
The Trump administration this week took some major shots at Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. But US officials have expressed concerns about the company for years. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning United States companies from using information and communications...
In the manifesto that has been identified with the suspect in the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, the writer says he identifies most closely with China’s political and social values. That has caught people’s attention in China, sparking discussion of...
A court ruling in favor of a billionaire businessman against The Sydney Morning Herald illustrates the sorry state of the country’s defamation laws. In the decade I spent reporting from China, the most immediate obstacles to journalism were often physical....
China’s leader, Xi Jinping, abruptly summoned hundreds of officials to Beijing recently, forcing some to reschedule long-planned local assemblies. The meeting seemed orchestrated to convey anxious urgency. The Communist Party, Mr. Xi told the officials, faces major risks on...
When Donald Trump first threatened a trade war with China shortly after assuming the presidency, the consensus around the world was that it was typical bluff and bluster. As per the common wisdom, authoritarian political-economies are far more resilient...
When the Chinese government blocks foreign internet companies for political reasons, the United States should treat the tactic as the anticompetitive economic strategy that it is. As China and the United States engage in high-level negotiations over a possible trade deal, it’s...
Experts are warning of the threat posed by China's use of artificial intelligence (AI) to develop a survellience state, and say the risk of such authoritarian behaviour spreading to other parts of the world is increasing. Key points: A professor...
Three years ago, the story of a university student who died of cancer after receiving questionable treatment advertised on search engine Baidu sparked a huge outcry, and prompted authorities to order the search giant to overhaul how it positions paid results. Robin...

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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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