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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...
Once again, the world’s investors are turning their worried gaze toward China. And for good reason. Economic growth in the third quarter sank to 6.5 percent, the slowest pace since the depths of the global financial crisis in 2009. Car...
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has made a huge effort to promote China’s image as a global leader. In a Jan. 2 speech, Chinese leader Xi Jinping reiterated the theme of China’s “great rejuvenation,” a view that emphasizes the “Chinese Dream,” a return to...
Many thought the internet would bring democracy to China. Instead it empowered rampant government oppression, and now the censors are turning their attention to the rest of the world. Late one Wednesday in March 2015, an alarm sounded in the...

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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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