24 April 2018

Greater China

  • Even though President Xi Jinping appears to have everything it takes to be a “good emperor”, Francis Fukuyama is deeply concerned about whether he can remain as sensible and incorruptible as before. Photo: Bloomberg

    Is Fukuyama wrong about China again?

    - Mar 16, 2018 10:45am
    Francis Fukuyama, the world-renowned American political scientist and author, has become famous for his wrong predictions, including those about China. After the collapse of the Soviet Eastern Bloc in 1989, Fukuyama published an essay, The End...
  • China's securities regulator has announced its largest ever fine on a single firm for stock price manipulation. Photo: Bloomberg

    CSRC slaps 5.5 bln yuan fine on firm for stock manipulation

    Mar 15, 2018 9:53am
    China’s securities regulator has slapped a record 5.5 billion yuan (US$871 million) fine on a Xiamen-based firm for manipulating share prices of some Shenzhen-listed firms. The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) is said to have levied...
  • The government revamp is a cornerstone of President Xi Jinping’s agenda to put the leadership of the Communist Party at the heart of policy with Xi himself at the core of the party. Photo: Xinhua

    China to merge regulators, create new ministries in major revamp

    Mar 13, 2018 5:17pm
    China is merging its banking and insurance regulators, giving new powers to policymaking bodies such as the central bank and creating new ministries in the biggest government shake-up in years, Reuters reports. The revamp is a...
  • President Xi Jinping casts his ballot during a vote on a constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits, at the third plenary session of the National People's Congress  in Beijing on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Missing the forest for the Xi

    - Mar 13, 2018 10:26am
    In recent weeks, Western media commentators have focused extensively on the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) decision to abolish presidential term limits, which will allow Xi Jinping to remain in power indefinitely. Unsurprisingly, they have generally...
  • Chinese police and security personnel are said to be testing smart glasses as part of surveillance measures and efforts to nab potential trouble makers. Photo: Reuters

    China police testing AI-powered glasses as new security tool

    Mar 12, 2018 9:52am
    Chinese police are said to be testing artificial intelligence (AI)-powered smart glasses as they stepped up security and surveillance measures amid the parliament session in Beijing.  At a highway checkpoint on the outskirts of Beijing, police are testing...
  • Ease of transaction, rather than anything else, has been the key reason why mobile payments have become popular in China. Photo: Xinhua

    Rise of mobile payments in China: Myths and facts

    - Mar 9, 2018 10:47am
    An article about why mobile payment is so popular in China has gone viral. The article, written by a Taiwanese manager working on the mainland, has however made many wrong conclusions. I have been managing information...
  • A patient at a psychiatric hospital in Fuzhou with bound feet. The Supreme People’s Procuratorate has issued guidelines to prevent local authorities from forcibly sending healthy people to mental institutions in order to silence them. Photo: AFP

    What is it like to be ‘made mentally-ill’ in mainland China?

    - Mar 9, 2018 10:33am
    In mainland China, the term “to be made mentally-ill” has become a popular phrase among netizens. It actually refers to the notorious act of some government departments to forcibly send people into mental hospitals in order...
  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing on March 5. During the speech, he reiterated the ‘Digital China’ goal. Photo: Reuters

    Why China wants to step up rural digitalization

    - Mar 8, 2018 1:40pm
    China has announced plans to abolish domestic data roaming fees and bring down rates for mobile internet services as part of efforts to promote a digital economy. It is good news for mobile phone users and internet...
  • Donald Trump's planned tariffs on steel and aluminum won't affect China as much as it does other major trading partners of the US. Photo: Reuters

    Why Trump’s tariff move may actually benefit China

    - Mar 6, 2018 9:52am
    Despite the noises from Beijing, China may actually end up a big winner due to US President Donald Trump’s plan to impose 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports. For starters,...
  • One day, President Xi Jinping will be replaced. But how will that happen? Who will replace him? Photo: Reuters

    President for life: Xi move will cause huge problems for China

    - Mar 5, 2018 2:41pm
    The decision by President Xi Jinping to end term limits for himself returns China to strongman rule, a style of government that many hoped had died with Mao Zedong in 1976. It also pits him directly...
  • China's defense spending for 2018 will rise 8.1 percent compared to the previous year. Photo: Reuters

    China boosts defense spending amid military modernization

    Mar 5, 2018 11:44am
    China unveiled its largest rise in defense spending in three years on Monday, setting an 8.1 percent growth target compared to 2017, fueling the country’s ambitious military modernization program amid rising Chinese security concerns.  The 2018...
  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers his speech at the opening session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    China warns Taiwan it won’t tolerate separatist activities

    Mar 5, 2018 10:50am
    China will never tolerate any separatist schemes for self-ruled Taiwan and will safeguard China’s territorial integrity, Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday. China has been infuriated over a US bill that seeks to raise official contacts...
  • Economists expect China's growth momentum to weaken this year as the government reins in corporate debt. Photo: Reuters

    China keeps growth target of around 6.5 percent this year

    Mar 5, 2018 10:41am
    China aims to expand its economy by around 6.5 percent this year, the same as in 2017, Premier Li Keqiang said in remarks prepared for delivery at the opening of the annual meeting of parliament on...
  • US President Donald Trump’s announcement of stiff tariffs on imported steel and aluminum touched off outcries of unfair protectionism from trading partners. Photo: Reuters

    Nations may dump US debt in case of global trade war: analysts

    Mar 5, 2018 9:05am
    US President Donald Trump’s plan to slap stiff tariffs on imported steel and aluminum has rattled financial markets and stirred fears that some trading partners might retaliate by dumping US Treasuries, Reuters reports. Should China, Japan...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen on a giant screen at the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

    China: Lifting term limits is about protecting party’s authority

    Mar 5, 2018 7:43am
    A Chinese government spokesman said removing presidential term limits in the state constitution is about protecting the authority of the ruling Communist Party with President Xi Jinping at its center, Reuters reports. The party said last...
  • A comedy skit at the annual CCTV Spring Festival Gala sparked accusations of racism and cultural imperialism. Photo: CCTV

    How a supposedly funny TV skit turned into a PR disaster

    - Mar 2, 2018 6:21pm
    A well-intentioned attempt to highlight the staunch friendship between China and African countries by mainland state TV producers has backfired and created a firestorm of controversy. At the annual Spring Festival Gala broadcast live on state-owned...
  • For thousands of years, state control was China’s default governance strategy, with a strong central government overseeing stability and preventing regional and factional rivalries from causing chaos. Photo: AFP

    Why there is no ‘Beijing Consensus’

    Feb 28, 2018 10:58am
    Four decades would seem to be plenty of time to identify the underlying logic of China’s development model. Yet, 40 years after Deng Xiaoping initiated the country’s “reform and opening up,” a “Beijing Consensus” – that...
  • Zhongguancun Science Park offers generous visa terms to attract top-notch scientists from overseas. Photo: Wikipedia

    Beijing dangles carrots to lure foreign talent to local tech hub

    Feb 28, 2018 9:15am
    Beijing, a major hub for artificial intelligence (AI) and semiconductors in China, is touting a new list of incentives to try and bait foreign talent for its equivalent of Silicon Valley in the Chinese capital. New...
  • In his new year greetings to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese leader Xi Jinping said: “China seeks to promote international strategic coordination with Russia.” Photo: AFP

    Russian meddling in US elections: Did China know?

    - Feb 20, 2018 1:37pm
    The indictment by Special Counsel Robert Mueller charging 13 Russian citizens and three Russian entities provides detailed allegations of what the Russians did when they interfered in the 2016 American presidential elections. The interesting question is,...
  • Some cash-flush Chinese travelers expect immediate intervention by “the mighty motherland” and kick up a big fuss even over the most minor inconveniences such as flight delays or cancellations. Photo:

    Beijing to blame for bad behavior of some Chinese tourists

    - Feb 20, 2018 11:56am
    Last year, Wolf Warriors 2, the monster blockbuster starring martial arts sensation Wu Jing, took the entire mainland by storm and became a huge sensation among Chinese moviegoers. The most talked about scene in the movie is...

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