Jack Ma Shows Why China’s Tycoons Keep Quiet

High-profile business leaders have been detained, sidelined or silenced as the Communist Party moves forcefully to keep companies in line. Today, the best strategy is to lie low.

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‘Follow the Party Forever’: China Plans a Communist Birthday Bash

Patriotic films. History lessons. Mass weddings. The Chinese Communist Party is going into overdrive to celebrate its 100th birthday.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #politics-and-government, #term-limits-political-office, #xi-jinping

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Biden Backs Taiwan, but Some Call for a Clearer Warning to China

As China grows stronger and bolder, some experts want to end Washington’s decades-long policy of “strategic ambiguity.”

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With Swarms of Ships, Beijing Tightens Its Grip on South China Sea

After building artificial islands, China is using large fleets of ostensibly civilian boats to press other countries’ vessels out of disputed waters.

#china, #duterte-rodrigo, #international-relations, #malaysia, #philippines, #reefs, #south-china-sea, #territorial-disputes, #vietnam, #xi-jinping

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How Will We Win the Second Cold War?

Biden has a chance to turn China’s strengths into weaknesses.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cold-war-era, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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Biden Defines His Underlying Challenge With China: ‘Prove Democracy Works’

At his news conference on Thursday, the president provided a revealing look into how he viewed the threat from Beijing.

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China’s Outrage over Forced Labor Charges Targets H&M, Adidas and Nike

Major clothing brands that rely on the Chinese market are caught in a bind as Beijing and the West harden their stances on the crackdown on Xinjiang.

#adidas-ag, #china, #europe, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #hm-hennesmauritz-ab, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kazakhs-ethnic-group, #nike-inc, #politics-and-government, #shanghai-china, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

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China Doesn’t Respect Us Anymore — for Good Reason

We’ve stopped following our formula for success.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #infrastructure-public-works, #maher-bill, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

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Biden Clashes With China and Russia in First 60 Days

It may look like the bad old days of the Cold War, but today’s bitter superpower competition is about technology, cyberconflict and influence operations.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #cold-war-era, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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China’s Sharp Words in Alaska Signal its More Confident Posture

The Biden administration’s strategy to curb Beijing’s behavior faces a stiff challenge as China uses its economic, diplomatic and military might to deflect criticism.

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In First Talks, Dueling Accusations Set Testy Tone for U.S.-China Diplomacy

U.S. officials said the two days of discussions would continue, but accused the Chinese delegation of violating the format for meetings that had sought to find common ground between the superpowers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #wang-yi, #xi-jinping, #yang-jiechi

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As Biden and Xi Begin a Careful Dance, a New American Policy Takes Shape

Top administration officials will meet with their Chinese counterparts for the first time on Thursday as the United States shifts to a more competitive posture with Beijing.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #international-trade-and-world-market, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

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China’s Climate Ambitions Collide with its Coal Addiction

Beijing’s new development blueprint is meant to steer the country to carbon neutrality before 2060, but companies and regions dependent on the fossil fuel aren’t making it easy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #carbon-dioxide, #china, #coal, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #national-energy-administration-china, #xi-jinping

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A Sandstorm in China Revives Memories of ‘Airpocalypses’ Past

The Communist Party has made great strides in reducing China’s pollution, but a perfect storm of northern winds and an industrial rebound has created dangerously high levels of pollution countrywide.

#air-pollution, #china, #dust-and-sand-storms, #environment, #xi-jinping

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‘The East Is Rising’: Xi Maps Out China’s Post-Covid Ascent

But as Beijing rolls out a long-term plan, its top leader has also warned that “the United States is the biggest threat.”

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #deng-xiaoping, #hong-kong, #mao-zedong, #national-peoples-congress-china, #xi-jinping

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Is Hong Kong’s Security Law Bad for China?

The president may be putting personal ambition ahead of his country’s best interests.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #deng-xiaoping, #hong-kong, #jiang-zemin, #li-keqiang, #mao-zedong, #secession-and-independence-movements, #xi-jinping

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Biden on ‘Short Leash’ as Administration Rethinks China Relations

The Biden administration is under intense pressure to maintain former President Donald J. Trump’s curbs on China, even as it tries to develop a more comprehensive and effective strategy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #customs-tariff, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-trade-organization, #xi-jinping

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With Pig Parades and Youth Camps, Taiwan’s Ailing Kuomintang Tries a Revamp

The Beijing-friendly party, which long held an iron grip on the island, is struggling to stay relevant at a time when many residents are wary of China’s ambitions.

#chinese-nationalist-party-taiwan, #communist-party-of-china, #kaohsiung-china, #politics-and-government, #taipei-taiwan, #taiwan, #tsai-ing-wen, #xi-jinping

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What Sun Dawu’s Prosecution Says About China

A rural businessman, Sun Dawu, angered Beijing twice. His fate the second time around could augur the future of the world’s other superpower.

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Biden Speaks With China’s Xi for First Time as President

The two leaders developed a friendly relationship during the Obama years, but now face a wide range of contentious issues.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #defense-department, #international-trade-and-world-market, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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Power, Patriotism and 1.4 Billion People:How China Beat the Virus and Roared Back

The Chinese Communist Party reached deep into private business and the broader population to drive a recovery, an authoritarian approach that has emboldened its top leader, Xi Jinping.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #sinovac-biotech-ltd, #xi-jinping

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How a Deadly Power Game Undid Myanmar’s Democratic Hopes

Myanmar seemed to be building a peaceful transition to civilian governance. Instead, a personal struggle between military and civilian leaders brought it all down.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #de-klerk-f-w, #defense-and-military-forces, #international-institute-for-strategic-studies, #mandela-nelson, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #political-prisoners, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #thein-sein, #university-of-london, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xi-jinping

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Biden’s Nightmare May Be China

Think dealing with Mitch McConnell will be tough? Managing a reckless Xi Jinping will be even harder.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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Has China Done Too Well Against Covid-19?

The country doesn’t care enough about vaccination because of a false sense of security.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wuhan-china, #xi-jinping, #zhang-wenhong

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Hong Kong Crackdown Is an Early Test for Biden

Even with Trump out of office, prospects seem dim for rapprochement between China and the United States.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hong-kong, #lam-carrie-1957, #national-security-council, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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Alibaba shares jump on Jack Ma’s first appearance in 3 months

Alibaba’s billionaire founder resurfaced as he spoke to 100 rural teachers through a video call, three months after his last public appearance in October, sending the e-commerce firm’s shares up more than 8% in Hong Kong.

A recording of the call was first posted on a news portal backed by the government of Zhejiang, the eastern province where Alibaba is headquartered, and the video was verified by an Alibaba spokesperson.

Speculations swirled around Ma’s whereabouts after media reported in December that he skipped the taping of a TV program he created. Ma, known for his love for the limelight, has seen his e-commerce empire Alibaba and fintech giant Ant Group increasingly in the crosshairs of the Chinese authorities in recent months.

Ma last appeared publicly at a conference where he castigated China’s financial regulatory system in front of a room of high-ranked officials. His controversial remark, according to reports, prompted the Chinese regulator to abruptly halt Ant’s initial public offering, which would have been the biggest public share sale of all time.

Ant has since been working on corporate restructuring and regulatory compliance under the directions of the government. Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce platform, also came under scrutiny as market regulators opened an investigation into its alleged monopolistic practices.

Some argue that the recent clampdown on Jack Ma’s internet empire signals Beijing’s growing unease with the super-rich and private-sector power brokers.

“Today, Alibaba and its archrival, Tencent, control more personal data and are more intimately involved in everyday life in China than Google, Facebook and other American tech titans are in the United States. And just like their American counterparts, the Chinese giants sometimes bully smaller competitors and kill innovation,” wrote Li Yuan for the New York Times.

“You don’t have to be a member of the Communist Party to see reasons to rein them in.”

In the 50-second clip, Ma talked directly into the camera against what appears to be decorative paintings depicting a water town typical of Zhejiang. An art history book is shown amid a stack of books, alongside a vase of fresh flowers and a ceramic figurine of a stout, reclining man, looking relaxed and content.

Ma addressed the 100 teachers receiving the Jack Ma Rural Teachers Award, which was set up by the Jack Ma Foundation to identify outstanding rural teachers every year. The video also briefly shows Ma visiting a rural boarding school in Zhejiang on January 10. The award ceremony was moved online this year due to the pandemic, Ma told the teachers.

When Ma announced his retirement plan, he pledged to return to his teaching roots and devote more time to education philanthropy, though the founder still holds considerable sway over Alibaba. The legendary billionaire began his career as an English teacher in Hangzhou, and on Weibo, China’s Twitter equivalent, he nicknames himself the “ambassador for rural teachers.”

#alibaba, #alibaba-group, #ant-group, #asia, #china, #communist-party, #e-commerce, #ecommerce, #government, #hangzhou, #jack-ma, #xi-jinping

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U.S. Says China’s Repression of Uighurs Is ‘Genocide’

The finding by the Trump administration is the strongest denunciation by any government of China’s actions and follows a Biden campaign statement with the same declaration.

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A Year After Wuhan, China Tells a Tale of Triumph (and No Mistakes)

The Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to hide its missteps have taken on new urgency as the anniversary of the world’s first Covid-19 lockdown nears.

#censorship, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #documentary-films-and-programs, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #united-states, #wuhan-china, #xi-jinping

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Will the Sudden E.U.-China Deal Damage Relations With Biden?

Pushed by German Chancellor Merkel of Germany near the end of her tenure, the trade deal may complicate agreement on an effective trans-Atlantic policy toward China.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #europe, #european-union, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #merkel-angela, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

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With Concessions and Deals, China’s Leader Tries to Box Out Biden

Xi Jinping has been making trade agreements in Asia and now Europe, hoping to head off the incoming president’s efforts to rally a united front against China.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #europe, #european-parliament, #european-union, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #forced-labor, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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Jobs, Houses and Cows: China’s Costly Drive to Erase Extreme Poverty

China has spent heavily to help its poorest citizens, an approach that few developing countries can afford and even Beijing may struggle to sustain.

#agriculture-and-farming, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gansu-province-china, #labor-and-jobs, #poverty, #xi-jinping

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25 Days That Changed the World: How Covid-19 Slipped China’s Grasp

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Citing Coal Shortages, China Rations Electricity for Millions

Warning of coal shortages, officials are trying to curb energy usage by telling residents not to use electric stoves and extinguishing lights on building facades and billboards.

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How China Censored Covid-19

Thousands of internal directives and reports reveal how Chinese officials stage-managed what appeared online in the early days of the outbreak.

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Du Bin, Chinese Journalist, Is Detained in Beijing

Friends of Du Bin said that his detention might have been related to book projects critical of the history of Communism and China’s Communist Party.

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China’s Combative Nationalists See a World Turning Their Way

China’s Communist Party is pushing the narrative that the pandemic has proved the superiority of its authoritarian model. The muscular message is finding fans at home.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #international-relations, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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China, in Nudge to U.S., Makes a New Promise to Tackle Global Warming

Speaking at an online summit on the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate agreement, Xi Jinping said that China would reduce its carbon intensity by over 65 percent by 2030.

#china, #coal, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #xi-jinping

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Australia Sounds the Alarm on China, Then Runs for Shelter

When Australia’s leader demanded an apology for a tweet by a Chinese official, his response reflected the insecurities facing many countries in dealing with China.

#afghanistan, #australia, #international-trade-and-world-market, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping, #zhao-lijian

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‘Trump Is Better’: In Asia, Pro-Democracy Forces Worry About Biden

The president-elect’s aim of restoring foreign policy norms has spooked human rights defenders in Asia, who praise President Trump as someone willing to confront dictators.

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China Says It Remains Open to the World, but Wants to Dictate Terms

China’s leader, Xi Jinping, is pursuing a strategy to make the country’s economy more self-sufficient, while making other places more dependent on it than ever.

#asia-pacific-economic-cooperation, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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Biden Wants to Be the Climate President. He’ll Need Some Help From Xi Jinping.

The U.S.-China relationship is at its lowest point in a half century, but there are also converging interests on global warming.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

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Biden Speaks to European Allies as Strongmen Stay Silent on U.S. Vote

The president-elect’s calls with four Western European leaders signaled a return to diplomatic normalcy and their support for his election win.

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Is Xi Jinping Too Strong for China’s Good?

Unlike any Chinese leader since 1949, he has no identifiable rivals and no likely successors.

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Rem Koolhaas Gives Beleaguered City Folk a Trip to the Countryside

In the last eight months, events have proved the celebrated architect’s premise prescient. By focusing on cities, planners have missed propulsive changes in the hinterlands.

#agriculture-and-farming, #architecture, #china, #guggenheim-solomon-r-museum, #koolhaas-rem, #manhattan-nyc, #rural-areas, #sustainable-living, #xi-jinping

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In Hunt for Coronavirus Source, W.H.O. Let China Take Charge

As it praised Beijing, the World Health Organization concealed concessions to China and may have sacrificed the best chance to unravel the virus’s origins. Now it’s a favorite Trump attack line.

#china, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #health-and-human-services-department, #international-relations, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #xi-jinping

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In Hunt for Virus Source, W.H.O. Let China Take Charge

As it praised Beijing, the World Health Organization concealed concessions to China and may have sacrificed the best chance to unravel the virus’s origins. Now it’s a favorite Trump attack line.

#china, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #health-and-human-services-department, #international-relations, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #xi-jinping

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Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Hurt American Alliances

It has become impossible for democracies to believe it is in their interest to take Trump’s America seriously.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #european-union, #merkel-angela, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #world-health-organization, #world-trade-organization, #xi-jinping

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As the West Stumbles, ‘Helmsman’ Xi Pushes an Ambitious Plan for China

China’s leader emerged from a key Communist Party meeting newly emboldened, outlining a road map for the country for years to come. Some have warned of overreach.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-relations, #xi-jinping

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U.S. Charges 8 in Plot to Harass Chinese Dissidents

Law enforcement officials said the suspects hired private investigators to locate the expatriates and then stalked, surveilled and threatened them.

#china, #demers-john-c-1971, #justice-department, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

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China Aims to End Extreme Poverty, but Covid-19 Exposes Gaps

The pandemic has worsened longstanding conditions that have widened inequality, hindering Xi Jinping’s vow to “leave no one behind.”

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #rural-areas, #xi-jinping

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