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Large-Scale Political Unrest Is Unlikely, But Not Impossible

When a reporter recently asked Donald Trump if he would accept a peaceful transition of power, the president wouldn’t commit. “We’ll see what happens,” he said. In an apparent reference to mail-in ballots, he went on, “We’ll want to have—get rid of the ballots and…

Hong Kongers, Don’t Idolize the U.K.

During this uncertain and unstable year, I’ve learned not to take Hong Kong’s freedom for granted. Prodemocracy protests consumed the city for months starting in early 2019, but the political climate changed abruptly in the spring, when Beijing passed a wide-ranging security law that many…

Vietnam in U.N. Call for Beijing to Exercise ‘Restraint’ in South China Sea

Vietnamese President Nguyễn Phú Trọng called for China to “exercise restraint” in the South China Sea on Thursday in a virtual speech at the 75th annual U.N. General Assembly. The call for moderation follows months of Beijing’s belligerent actions in the contested maritime region. 0…

China’s carbon target: coming clean or smokescreen?

It’s not often that Beijing has won plaudits recently from the international community.  But on Tuesday (September 22) President Xi Jinping recommitted the world’s most populous nation to tackling climate change and offsetting all of its emissions by 2060, stoking a frenzy of excitement from…

China insider: Australian Correspondents Escape China; Fear of Being Disappeared

Australian Correspondents Escape China; Fear of Being Disappeared Recently, two Australian journalists stationed in China were raided by the Chinese National Security Police in the middle of the night and were restricted from leaving China. The CCP did not explain the reason for such action,…

China-Russia big jet project faces turbulence

Serious conflicts are stalling Beijing and Moscow’s hook-up to design and develop a wide-body passenger jet to wrest business from Boeing and Airbus.  The pair’s CR929 project to launch a dual-aisle airliner is said to have come to a halt. Widespread dissension among Chinese and…

Free trade zones lead the charge as China reforms

The Chinese government on Monday approved the establishment of three pilot free trade zones (FTZs), in Beijing and Hunan and Anhui provinces, bringing the number of such zones in the country to 21. The decision will help the world’s second-largest economy facilitate its reform and…

Beijing takes private firms under its political wing

Beijing appears to be forcing private enterprises and their owners and stakeholders to adopt the same “political requirements” that apply to Communist Party members and state enterprises. The Party push comes after President Xi Jinping’s latest direction to ramp up the Party’s so-called United Front…

Philippines’ Duterte Challenges China at U.N.: South China Sea Invasion Is Illegal

Speaking in a virtual speech at the 75th annual U.N. general assembly on Tuesday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that his country “firmly rejects” Beijing’s recent “attempts to undermine” international law by illegally encroaching upon other nations’ sovereign territory in the South China Sea. 0…

Top Chinese virus expert scorns vaccine hype

China’s top epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan has broken his silence and put a damper on state propaganda and drugmakers’ bragging that locally made Covid-19 vaccines will be rolled out soon.  The chorus by state media about how soon Chinese vaccines will be available has failed to…

Beijing Kicks Out Protesters Ahead of National Holiday on Oct. 1

Petitioners in Beijing are warning that the Chinese regime’s office for hearing public complaints and other similar governmental offices will sweep them out of the capital before Oct. 1, the regime’s annual commemoration of its founding. Citizens with grievances typically travel to Beijing, in the…

Xi’s buy-local economic rescue plan faces hard sell

Much is at stake with Beijing’s new “dual circulation” drive, buzzwords coined by President Xi Jinping to describe a push for more domestic consumption while maintaining strong contacts with major trading partners.  The de-globalization and protectionist headwind facing Beijing, compounded by Washington’s belligerence, has apparently…

The Immigrants Who Created New Possibilities

Of the many questions at stake in this fall’s election, one of the less obvious is this: Will the United States remain a country where someone like Barack Obama or Kamala Harris—a person of color with immigrant parents—is likely to be born? The answer depends,…

China Flies 18 Warplanes Near Taiwan During US Envoy’s Visit

TAIPEI, Taiwan—China’s military sent 18 planes including fighter jets over the Taiwan Strait in an unusually large show of force Friday as a U.S. envoy held a day of closed-door meetings on the self-governing island claimed by China. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach, who…

Report: Beijing Continues Cyber-Hacking Vatican Computer Network

Chinese state-sponsored cyber-hackers have continued targeting Vatican computer networks as the Holy See enters discussions with Beijing over the renewal of their 2018 deal on the naming of Catholic bishops in China. 0…

Beijing hoses down its own vaccine propaganda

Chinese public health officials and experts are split over whether the entire population should get at least one jab in the winter if local vaccines become available before a possible next resurgence of Covid-19.  In a turn, Beijing now appears to be trying to manage…

Follow Party’s lead, Beijing tells private firms

A new directive issued by the Communist Party’s top leadership on stepping up the “United Front” work for the nation’s wide swath of private businesses has again ignited fears. Some entrepreneurs wonder if Beijing aims to sit on the board of each and every private…

New cases cast a pall over China’s holiday travel

Several Burmese who smuggled themselves across the Chinese border this month have pierced China’s defense against backflow of Covid-19 from abroad.  Almost 250,000 residents and many tourists in the resort city of Ruili, which straddles the border with Myanmar in the southwestern Yunnan province, have…

Xi loses a friend as US envoy’s term cut short

Washington’s top representative in Beijing is packing to leave as the world’s most important relationship hits a new low and needs an “old China hand” more than ever to stop tensions from spiraling out of control. Terry Branstad, who is seeing out the final weeks…

Beijing named China’s top blockchain city

Beijing is now China’s leading blockchain center. The capital took the top spot in the 2020 Chinese Blockchain Innovation Rankings ahead of blockchain hub Shenzhen, reports Cointelegraph, citing Finance China. The rankings were unveiled at the China International Fair for Trade in Services Summit in…

Hong Kong poised for human trials of vaccine

A nasal-spray Covid-19 vaccine, jointly developed by the University of Hong Kong and Xiamen University, will have phase-1 clinical trials in November in Hong Kong. About 100 volunteers will be recruited for trials of the vaccine, Yuen Kwok-yung, head of the Department of Microbiology at…

Poor drag anchor as Xi turns the economic ship

Covid-19 has driven home the fact that as the world market is crippled by the health crisis, Beijing has to count on self-sufficiency and call on its own people to spend their way out of trouble. President Xi Jinping has coined the term “internal circulation”…

Trump Steps Up Criticism of China, Hints at Economic ‘Decoupling’

WASHINGTON—As the election draws near, President Donald Trump has increasingly taken aim at Beijing, raising the necessity of decoupling, a term that recently gained popularity to describe an economic breakup with the world’s second-largest economy. “Whether it’s decoupling or putting in massive tariffs like I’ve…

Xi: Virus victory proof of party’s ‘superiority’

Chinese President Xi Jinping extolled the Communist Party’s “superiority” as well as tenacious leadership on Tuesday morning as he proclaimed China’s “resounding success” in the epic struggle against Covid-19.  Xi told a packed auditorium inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing that the…

China to declare virus victory with unveiling of vaccines

Three Chinese-made vaccines purported to be safe and effective against Covid-19 have made their debut at a local trade fair, the first to be held for domestic and overseas traders in Beijing since the epidemic first erupted in the country in late December.  Chinese President…

Beijing powers up high-speed rail link to Tibet

Beijing wants a new quasi-high-speed rail artery being built on the world’s highest plateau to be up and running in five to eight years to make the alpine Tibet region more accessible from inland provinces. The call to rev up construction of the Sichuan-Tibet railway…

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