Hits of the week: Filipino helpers in China, the rise and rise of e-sports, and the drive behind Xi’s military overhaul

Take another look at five stories that have risen to the top of the rankings over the last week

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 05 August, 2017, 6:02pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 August, 2017, 6:01pm

Confusion over proposals for Filipino domestic helpers in China

Why it matters:

Reports surfaced that China was considering allowing domestic workers from the Philippines to be hired in five big Chinese cities, but the Chinese embassy in Manila said it was not aware of the issue. An estimated 200,000 Filipino domestic helpers already work in China illegally. In Shanghai, a Filipino helper earns almost double the minimum salary for a helper in Hong Kong. If Beijing approves the plan, it could open the door for Filipino helpers in Hong Kong and the rest of Asia to find higher-paying jobs across the border.

Confusion lingers over proposals for Filipino domestic helpers entering China

The phenomenal rise of e-sports in China

Why it matters:

Seven in every 10 people in China are gamers, outnumbering the entire US population. Fans of the games sink big chunks of time and money not just into playing but also to watch and reward their favourite tournament competitors. For savvy businesspeople, e-sports offer a huge market and tremendous potential for growth.

The phenomenal rise of e-sports in China where gamers outnumber the US population

What’s driving President Xi’s military modernisation push?

Why it matters:

When President Xi Jinping launched a sweeping military reform after taking power five years ago, it was more than just a drive to make the PLA a stronger fighting force. Xi is a firm believer that political power grows out of the barrel of a gun and only by shaking up the old internal alliances can the Communist Party maintain the control of the army.

What’s driving Chinese President Xi Jinping’s military modernisation push?

Xi personally behind island-building in the South China Sea

What it matters:

It was long rumoured but an article tucked away in a Communist Party journal finally confirmed it. We now know that it was President Xi Jinping’s personal decision to embark on China’s aggressive land reclamation projects in the disputed South China Sea.

Xi personally behind island-building in the South China Sea

Xi pays tribute to China’s revolutionary marshals – except one

Why it matters:

President Xi Jinping did not have a lapse of memory when he failed to mention late marshal Lin Biao’s name at an event to mark the 90th anniversary of the PLA. It was a deliberate omission to send a clear message to the armed forces that Communist Party loyalty is more important than military expertise.

Xi pays tribute to marshals of China’s Communist revolution – except one