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As the coronavirus pandemic eases, China is widely believed to have the potential to maintain a 5-6 per cent growth rate. Photo: AFP

No 1 priority for China is still GDP growth, senior economic official asserts

Comments from Han Wenxiu come amid worries that focus on high-quality development and ‘common prosperity’ could sideline China’s economic growth priorities.

7 Nov 2022 - 9:19AM
Illustration: Craig Stephens

Opinion | Taiwan: Beijing sees coercive force as peaceful nudging – the US does not

Where Beijing sees grey-zone activity and psychological warfare as peaceful means to push unification with Taiwan, for the US, coercion is clearly stipulated in the Taiwan Relations Act as something it opposes and must act against.

7 Nov 2022 - 3:00AM
Chinese President Xi Jinping with members of the new Politburo Standing Committee a day after the conclusion of the Chinese Communist Party’s 20th National Congress. Photo: Kyodo

Editorial | A Politburo without a female member is a disappointment

China can benefit from a more diverse voice especially at a time of geopolitical tensions when projecting the right image is a challenge. Hopefully, the lack of female representation is a temporary exception.

6 Nov 2022 - 7:34AM
Joe Biden and Xi Jinping in 2012. Photo: AFP

Opinion | Why US, China power transition does not have to be dangerous and lead to war

Domestic politics are causing the deteriorating Washington/Beijing relationship, including the most dangerous issue: Taiwan.

6 Nov 2022 - 9:30AM
Xi Jinping delivers a report to the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on behalf of the 19th Central Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 16. Photo: Xinhua

Opinion | China’s path to modernisation will support global stability

“Chinese modernisation”, a key phrase in Xi Jinping’s recent congress report, holds a promise for the world. A China that stays committed to high-quality development will give a much-needed shot in the arm to the global economy.

1 Nov 2022 - 4:30PM
Illustration: Craig Stephens

Opinion | How China can best achieve high economic growth for another decade

The key to reviving China’s economic prospects lies in addressing the paradox that China is a highly distorted economy yet with substantial growth potential. Future growth requires a restructuring of the state’s role in allocating resources.

31 Oct 2022 - 9:15AM
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee. Photo: Xinhua/File

Back To The Future | Communist Party’s moment of crisis turned Xi from ‘weakest’ to ‘most powerful’ leader

China’s long-standing norms, including retirement age and balance of power at the top, are set aside as Xi Jinping seeks to restore party discipline.

28 Oct 2022 - 10:38AM
Xi Jinping delivers a report to the 20th party congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 16. A key element of China’s economic success is adherence to party leadership. Photo: Xinhua

The View | How China plans to rise to its economic challenges

To ensure long-term prosperity, China will concentrate on innovation, and further reforms and opening up, while working to ensure a stable global order. For the nearer term, Beijing plans to focus on stability with practical macro policies to solve current problems and anticipated challenges.

28 Oct 2022 - 11:30AM
President Xi Jinping delivers a report to the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 16. Photo: Xinhua

Opinion | What the 20th party congress reveals about China’s trajectory

It is unsurprising that Xi Jinping chose loyalists to surround him in the Politburo Standing Committee, but the elevation of ideology tsar Wang Huning bears watching. In terms of strategy, it is clear national security will continue to take precedence over economic growth, especially with regard to conflict with the US.

26 Oct 2022 - 5:29AM
A woman walks past an electronic billboard displaying the Hang Seng Index figure in Hong Kong on Monday. Photo: EPA-EFE

Editorial | China economy needs a shot of confidence from new leadership

Market sell-off following latest growth figures, major leadership reshuffle and impact of external negative factors have investors and businesspeople seeking policy direction.

26 Oct 2022 - 3:18AM
Illustration: Craig Stephens

Opinion | US and China must avoid the tragedy of armed conflict over Taiwan

There is growing concern in Beijing that the US is hyping up the possibility of war, and creating a self-fulfilling prophecy that sucks China in. It is in the long-term interest of both countries that Chinese and US leaders meet and find a path towards peaceful coexistence.

25 Oct 2022 - 9:53AM
Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 20th National Congress of China’s ruling Communist Party in Beijing, China. Photo: AP

Editorial | Rather than closing doors, new leadership will open new ones

Xi Jinping’s new hand-picked team to run China for the next five years and beyond is relatively young and will have to tackle many daunting challenges ahead, and that means it must continue to reform and engage proactively with the rest of the world.

24 Oct 2022 - 12:27AM
Xi Jinping presides over the second meeting of the presidium of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Beijing on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

Asian Angle | What situation in Cambodia, Pacific, Sri Lanka shows about China’s influence

China’s international influence does have the power to shape the world but there are limitations to the influence especially when much of what Beijing does is shrouded in secrecy and not subjected to scrutiny.

22 Oct 2022 - 8:00AM
The China Laos railway is one of hundreds of projects under Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative across Asia, Africa and the Pacific. Photo: Xinhua via AP

Asian Angle | What Xi Jinping’s third term means for belt and road, China-Asean ties

Belt and road investments suffered contractions due to disruptions brought on by the pandemic, but funding for projects in Southeast Asia rose in 2020.

21 Oct 2022 - 9:00AM
China is the biggest customer of US chips. Strictly enforcing the chip ban could inflict pain back on the US by inhibiting growth of its own companies. Photo illustration: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Macroscope | Why an accelerated US-China tech decoupling is truly worrying

A blanket ban on products that use US technology being sold to China would not just affect China’s tech development and hurt US companies with Chinese business. It would also rip up global tech supply chains, leaving the world economy with higher inflation and slower growth.

20 Oct 2022 - 1:48AM
Residents wait in line to get routine coronavirus tests in Beijing on Monday. President Xi Jinping has given no indication of a possible change to strict zero-Covid rules. Photo: AP

As I see it | Don’t expect China’s zero-Covid policy to change just yet

Delivering his ‘work report’ at the opening of the party congress, President Xi Jinping made just two references to the pandemic.

18 Oct 2022 - 6:16PM
Residents wait in line to get their routine Covid-19 throat swab tests at a testing site in Beijing. Photo: AP

Editorial | Refinements needed as Beijing stands by zero-Covid policy

China has made it clear controls must remain in place and there are no plans to relax them, but they could be made more humane and scientific.

19 Oct 2022 - 5:05AM
This photo taken on March 21, 2013 shows a woman with one of her grandchildren in their home in Chengde, Hebei province. Photo: AFP

Opinion | Why China faces a long struggle to arrest its population decline

After four decades of birth control, China has finally woken up and realised that it may have gone too far in implementing the one -child policy, but Beijing’s U-turn in population policy has come too late.

18 Oct 2022 - 7:00AM
China’s then commerce minister Gao Hucheng (left) and Australia’s then prime minister Tony Abbott (centre) and minister for trade Andrew Robb pose for a photo after signing a free trade agreement between the two countries on June 17, 2015, in Canberra, Australia. The era of enthusiasm and optimism from the wider world over engagement with China appears to be at an end, representing a loss for all sides. Photo: Getty Images

Opinion | A China closed off from the rest of the world is a loss to everyone

The days of China’s rise driving international forums, meetings and events bringing people together from all over the globe seem like a distant memory. The growing gap between China and other countries is a loss for everyone involved, the world as a whole and the future of multilateralism.

18 Oct 2022 - 3:30AM
A man in Shanghai watches a screen showing the live broadcast of Chinese President Xi Jinping attending the opening ceremony of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. Photo: Reuters

Editorial | Despite challenges, Xi makes clear that his ambitions for China can and will be met

President not only praises the achievements of the past 10 years at Communist Party’s national congress but more importantly outlines his blueprint for turning the country into a leading global power by mid-century.

17 Oct 2022 - 5:00AM