Xiao Jianhua, Chinese Canadian Billionaire, on Trial in China

The case against the financier Xiao Jianhua is widely seen as part of a crackdown on the debt-fueled excess that drove China’s economic growth.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #criminal-justice, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #tomorrow-group, #xiao-jianhua

Xi Jinping Tells a Muted Hong Kong That Political Power Is for Patriots

The Chinese leader’s first visit to the former British colony since a sweeping crackdown was a declaration of victory, an assertion of power and a warning to critics.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #great-britain, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

China Is Not the Biggest Threat to the World Order. It’s Russia.

Biden’s administration is wrong to label China as our main strategic threat.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #international-trade-and-world-market, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

Hong Kong Police Arrest Former Bishop in National Security Case

Cardinal Joseph Zen, 90, was among three held for their work with a legal aid group that helped protesters and that officials accuse of colluding with foreign powers.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019

China Is the Next Worry as Food Prices Soar

Ukraine’s wheat exports have been mostly halted since Russia’s invasion, while drought has damaged crops in India and the United States. China’s upcoming harvest is another concern.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #food-insecurity, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #supply-chain, #wheat, #xi-jinping

In Hong Kong Election, John Lee Is Running Uncontested

John Lee, a Beijing loyalist who oversaw the crackdown on pro-democracy protests, built his career by deepening his contacts within the mainland security services.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #hong-kong, #lam-carrie-1957, #lee-john-1957, #politics-and-government

Inside China’s Zero-Covid Fortress, Xi Admits No Doubts

As the lockdown of Shanghai and outbreaks in Beijing and elsewhere batter the economy, China’s leader keeps a distance from the politically charged issue.

#beijing-china, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #shanghai-china, #xi-jinping

China sets an economic stimulus plan to offset Covid lockdowns.

As new cases of the coronavirus crop up in Beijing, China’s leaders are offering nationwide subsidies to businesses, and two large cities are subsidizing consumers.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-trade-and-world-market, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #li-keqiang, #xi-jinping

China’s Covid Strategy: Test 20 Million in Beijing Amid Lockdown Fears

China’s capital reported 22 cases as it kicked off an ambitious mandatory testing campaign across the city and reassured residents that food and other supplies were plentiful.

#beijing-china, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization

China’s Covid Lockdowns Stir Memories of a Planned Economy

China is meddling with free enterprise as it hasn’t in decades. The results are familiar to those old enough to remember: scarcity, and the rise of black markets.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #delivery-services, #disease-rates, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #politics-and-government, #shanghai-china

China Sets Aside Push to Spread Wealth in Pivotal Year for Xi

Xi Jinping’s rhetoric about redistributing wealth was aimed partly at drumming up public support. But it unnerved entrepreneurs and posed a drag on growth.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #davos-switzerland, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #income-inequality, #liu-he-1952, #shanghai-china, #ukraine, #xi-jinping

Shanghai’s Covid Lockdown Poses Test to China’s Leadership

Residents in Shanghai, China’s most populous and cosmopolitan city, have responded to the government’s pursuit of zero Covid with a rare outpouring of criticism.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #global-times, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #shanghai-china, #xi-jinping, #zhang-wenhong-1969

Bristling Against the West, China Rallies Domestic Sympathy for Russia

China’s Communist Party is mounting an ideological campaign aimed at officials and students. The message: The country will not turn its back on Russia.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #documentary-films-and-programs, #gorbachev-mikhail-s, #liberation-army-daily, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #stalin-joseph, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #xi-jinping

Covid, Russia and Economy Put the ‘China Model’ to the Test

With China’s prosperity and global standing seemingly at risk, some are wondering — aloud — whether the country is on the wrong track.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-investments, #putin-vladimir-v, #quarantines, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #tencent-holdings-ltd, #ukraine, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wechat-mobile-app, #weibo-corporation, #xi-jinping

Covid, Russia and Economy Put the ‘China Model’ to the Test

With China’s prosperity and global standing seemingly at risk, some are wondering — aloud — whether the country is on the wrong track.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-investments, #putin-vladimir-v, #quarantines, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #tencent-holdings-ltd, #ukraine, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wechat-mobile-app, #weibo-corporation, #xi-jinping

China Finds 1 Black Box From Plane Crash as Rain Hinders Search

Officials have revealed few details about the China Eastern Airlines flight that went down Monday, with the government moving quickly to control the information flow and emphasize the positive.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #censorship, #china, #china-eastern-airlines, #communist-party-of-china, #xi-jinping

China’s Divorce Rate Is Down, but So Are Marriages

While officials say a new law has helped save marriages, the bigger challenge in the country’s demographic crisis is that fewer people are getting married in the first place.

#birth-rates, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #divorce-separations-and-annulments, #domestic-violence, #marriages, #politics-and-government, #population, #weddings-and-engagements

China Outlines Plan to Stabilize Economy in Crucial Year for Xi

Its new budget mandates heavy government spending and lending, as Beijing seeks to project confidence in the face of global uncertainty.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #li-keqiang

China’s Legislative Session to Focus on Economy

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is likely to go almost unmentioned at an annual gathering of China’s legislature, as leaders focus on stabilizing economic growth.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #li-keqiang, #national-peoples-congress-china

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Tests China’s ‘Sovereignty’ Rhetoric

China has presented itself as a defender of sovereign independence. But its reluctance to denounce Russia’s aggression forces it into an awkward position.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #defense-and-military-forces, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #olympic-games-2022, #putin-vladimir-v, #rudd-kevin, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #security-council-un, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #xi-jinping

How David McCormick Is Attempting a MAGA Makeover

David McCormick, a Republican candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania, is trying to reinvent himself as a Trump stalwart. It’s a work in progress.

#breitbart-news-network-llc, #bridgewater-associates, #communist-party-of-china, #internal-sub-only-nl, #mccormick-david-h-1965, #pennsylvania, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

American Self-censorship

U.S. institutions are increasingly silencing themselves to win access to China.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #internal-storyline-no, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations

For the Games, Xi Ordered Up a Snow Sports Fever. Will it Last?

China said it succeeded on a vow by Xi Jinping, the country’s top leader, to nurture millions of winter sports enthusiasts. But will the interest last after the Winter Games end?

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #curling, #guangzhou-china, #liaoning-china, #olympic-games-2022, #skiing, #snowboarding, #xi-jinping

Who Is the Real China? Eileen Gu or the Chained Woman?

The women’s starkly different circumstances — celebrated vs. silenced — reflect that to the Chinese state everyone is a tool that serves a purpose until it does not.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #gu-eileen, #peng-shuai, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

China’s Succession Drama, Starring Xi Jinping

As a party congress approaches, it’s increasingly clear that Xi Jinping plans another five-year term. But if he has ideas about a successor, he has hidden them well.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #communist-party-of-china, #defense-and-military-forces, #politburo-standing-committee-of-the-communist-party-of-china, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #xi-jinping

China’s Anti-Graft Show Is Educational, With Unintended Lessons

A documentary created to celebrate the success of China’s anti-corruption campaign instead has aired the dirty laundry of the Communist Party.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #corruption-institutional, #documentary-films-and-programs, #reality-television

How Beijing Created Snow for the Winter Olympics

The environmentally unfriendly secret of winter sports is that many competitions take place on artificial snow. China’s water-scarce capital had to go to enormous lengths to make enough of it.

#alpine-skiing, #beijing-china, #communist-party-of-china, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022, #skiing, #snowboarding

TheBeijing Olympics Are Already a Win for China

The Communist Party doesn’t need foreign approval to mark these Games in the column of its domestic successes.

#communist-party-of-china, #olympic-games-2022

At Beijing Olympics, Question of Free Speech Looms Over Athletes

An Olympic rule and warnings from the Chinese government have made it risky for athletes to speak out at these Games.

#censorship, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022

In Clash With U.S. Over Ukraine, Putin Has a Lifeline From China

President Biden could find his plans to punish Russia undermined by Xi Jinping, a longtime ally of Mr. Putin. But China moves cautiously during crises.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

Ahead of Winter Olympics, Beijing Moves to Quash Dissent

As athletes begin to arrive in China for the Olympics, the authorities are rounding up activists and shutting down social media accounts.

#beijing-china, #censorship, #communist-party-of-china, #freedom-of-the-press, #gao-yu, #hu-jia, #olympic-games-2008, #olympic-games-2022, #teng-biao, #xi-jinping

For Olympic Sponsors, ‘China Is an Exception’

Pressure is mounting on companies to condemn the country’s human rights violations, but executives say the Games should not be politicized.

#advertising-and-marketing, #boycotts, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #consumer-behavior, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022, #politics-and-government

China’s Births Hit Historic Low, Barely Outpacing Death Rate

China’s population, the world’s largest at 1.4 billion, may soon start shrinking, according to new data. Some experts say it already has.

#census, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #national-bureau-of-statistics-china, #politics-and-government, #population

China’s Economy Slowed Late Last Year on Real Estate Troubles

Economic output climbed 4 percent in the last quarter, slowing from the July through September quarter. Growth has faltered lately as home buyers and consumers become cautious.

#china, #china-evergrande-group, #communist-party-of-china, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-monetary-fund, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kaisa-group-holdings-ltd, #national-bureau-of-statistics-china, #politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

Britain’s Security Agency MI5 Warns Lawmakers of China’s Political Interference

An unusual alert by the agency named a Chinese lawyer who was “knowingly engaged in political interference activities” on behalf of Beijing in the U.K. Parliament.

#british-secret-intelligence-service, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #great-britain, #politics-and-government

Chinese Activists Face Subversion Charges for Weekend Gathering

A weekend get-together in 2019 offered Beijing a chance to deliver a blow to the “rights defense” movement. Now, two key participants face the prospect of years in prison.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #ding-jiaxi, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #xi-jinping, #xu-zhiyong

In a Race to Shape the Future, History Is Under New Pressure

A wave of misleading revisionism has become epidemic in both autocracies and democracies. It has been notably effective — and contagious.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #communist-party-of-china, #history-academic-subject, #modi-narendra, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #neo-nazi-groups, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #xi-jinping

China’s Ban on ‘Sissy Men’ Is Bound to Backfire

The masculinity campaign is a way for the Chinese Communist Party to distract from its inability to address economic and social issues.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #men-and-boys, #xi-jinping

Can a ‘Very Confident’ Carrie Lam Salvage Her Legacy in Hong Kong?

Mrs. Lam is Hong Kong’s most unpopular leader ever, blamed for mass protests and a political crackdown. Yet she now appears reinvigorated, perhaps even ready for a second term.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #hong-kong, #lam-carrie-1957, #politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

Hu Xijin, Chief of China’s Global Times, Will Retire

Hu Xijin, editor of the Communist Party tabloid Global Times and pioneer of the country’s fiery online posturing, is retiring from his role.

#censorship, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #freedom-of-the-press, #global-times, #hu-xijin, #propaganda, #social-media, #united-states-international-relations

Ahead of Biden’s Democracy Summit, China Says: We’re Also a Democracy

Beijing argues that its system represents a distinctive form of democracy, one that has dealt better than the West with challenges like the pandemic.

#china, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #communist-party-of-china, #elections, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #olympic-games-2022, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

U.S. Will Not Send Government Officials to Beijing Olympics

American athletes will still be able to compete in the Winter Games, but the diplomatic boycott is a slap at China for human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #boycotts, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #olympic-games-2022, #peng-shuai, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

United States Will Not Send Government Officials to Beijing Olympics

Athletes will still be able to compete in the Winter Games in Beijing, but the diplomatic boycott is a response to human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #olympic-games-2022, #peng-shuai, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

Peng Shuai’s Case Is a Turning Point for China

Ms. Peng’s celebrity certainly has driven interest in her case. But her allegations also are groundbreaking.

#metoo-movement, #censorship, #communist-party-of-china, #peng-shuai, #sexual-harassment, #womens-rights, #xi-jinping

Why Peng Shuai Has China’s Leaders Spooked

Ms. Peng’s celebrity certainly has driven interest in her case. But her allegations also are groundbreaking.

#metoo-movement, #censorship, #communist-party-of-china, #peng-shuai, #sexual-harassment, #womens-rights, #xi-jinping

WTA Suspends Tournaments in China Over Missing Tennis Star Peng Shuai

Steve Simon said Wednesday that the women’s tennis tour would not stage tournaments in China, including Hong Kong, because he has been unable to communicate with Peng despite repeated attempts.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #peng-shuai, #tennis, #womens-tennis-assn

China’s Silence on Peng Shuai Shows the Limits of Beijing’s Propaganda

Officials have struggled to respond to a sexual assault allegation that hits at the heights of its buttoned-up political system.

#metoo-movement, #censorship, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #peng-shuai, #politics-and-government, #sexual-harassment, #social-media, #weibo-corporation, #xi-jinping, #zhang-gaoli, #zhao-lijian

China Is Winning the Big Data War, Thanks to Xi

Beijing is outmaneuvering the United States and its allies in at least one crucial domain: data.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #united-states, #xi-jinping

Where Is Peng Shuai?

The Chinese government must provide answers about the missing tennis star.

#metoo-movement, #assn-of-tennis-professionals, #communist-party-of-china, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #international-olympic-committee, #peng-shuai, #politburo-standing-committee-of-the-communist-party-of-china, #womens-tennis-assn, #zhang-gaoli

Revising China’s History, to Glorify Xi Jinping

The Communist Party has anointed him one of its revered leaders, paving the way for an already powerful leader to wield even greater influence.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #deng-xiaoping, #mao-zedong, #politics-and-government, #xi-jinping