Jiang is hailed for mending ties with the West, the handover of Hong Kong, modernising the Communist Party at home and a successful bid to host Olympics.
Taiwan’s effective management of Covid-19 and its ‘mask diplomacy’ have raised its global profile, but it comes amid Beijing’s rising distrust of the island’s president and her party.
The virus itself can’t derail China’s economic miracle, but toxic geopolitics can.
An investigation could clear Beijing’s name; without one, the whole world will be doomed to repeat history.
Mounting calls in the US to demand compensation for perceived Chinese missteps over Covid-19 have the support of both political parties and public opinion. If Washington gave in, it would spell the end of 40 years of normalised diplomatic relations.
Trump, Brexit, trade war … the forces against globalisation have been gathering pace since 2008. Worryingly for China, the coronavirus threatens to deal the final blow.
Recent data has raised hopes of a slow recovery but the news might not be as good as it looks, writes Cary Huang.
For the US and Europe, the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted China’s dominance in critical medical supplies.
Millions of people are already out of work in China, with more to come as Covid-19 hits every sector of the economy.
China’s rulers have long seen the stable and sufficient supply of food as the most critical issue in maintaining political, social and economic stability.
Beijing has a tough choice to make: tolerate an unprecedented slowdown or go for massive stimulus and risk explosive consequences.
Covid-19 has left China’s state planners scrambling to amend the delayed economic plan. Amid uncertainty about how long the pandemic will last, it makes more sense to work out a rescue plan than to set a unrealistic growth target.
The truth to emerge from the pandemic is that all human beings share a common destiny. We are embroiled in our biggest battle since World War II.
Projections for the first quarter of the year are grim enough for China’s communist leader. And they don’t even paint the full picture.
During the Sars outbreak and after the Sichuan earthquake, US administrations reached out to China. During the Covid-19 crisis, however, the two countries have been playing the blame game as hawks push for economic decoupling.
The Covid-19 outbreak will foist profound changes on the world’s future development in terms of economics, society, diplomacy and geopolitics.
China’s increasing move towards authoritarian rule under Xi Jinping makes the country even more vulnerable to the outbreak of epidemics.
The Covid-19 epidemic is disrupting the global economy, supply chains and diplomatic events. Beijing likes to say that any event within its jurisdiction is an internal affair, but that clearly doesn’t apply in this case.
Economically speaking, Covid-19 is far more deadly than 2003’s Sars. This time around, a worst-case scenario threatens financial collapse, foreign exodus and large-scale bankruptcy.
Authoritarianism has made this outbreak worse, not better. The state’s strength in controlling information and suppressing dissent is a weakness in fighting disease.
The interim accord does not address the rapid deterioration in Sino-US relations, amid their increasing divergence in geopolitics, strategic goals and ideologies.
Beijing’s pressure on Taipei gave the Democratic Progressive Party a boost in the island’s polls, on its way to a landslide victory over the Kuomintang.
High-profile summits between Kim and Trump have ended in failure, with Pyongyang lifting its moratorium on nuclear testing. China, an acknowledged partner of influence in the region, should embrace its role as peacemaker.
Beijing and Moscow have stood by Tehran in the face of Washington’s belligerence. Now they must decide: how true a friend is Iran, really
The three countries have a complicated rivalry over war history and territorial claims, but economic cooperation remains their biggest bond.
China’s trade and tariff war with the US is its biggest economic threat with growth now expected to slip below the psychologically important 6 per cent figure. Yet the possibility of comprehensive US-China trade deals also underpins Beijing’s hopes of returning to sustainable growth.
Beijing’s recent decision to remove a statement about academic freedom sparked protests at Fudan University – and they had a point.
The trade talks have always been a one-way avenue – a deal between what the US wants and what China can give.
Decoupling has started but the signing of a phase-one US-China trade deal holds out hope that Washington is not ready to fully unfurl protectionism even as Beijing is unprepared for complete self-reliance.
The bickering by Macron and Trump distracted from the real development at Nato’s UK summit: a focus on Beijing’s growing military clout.