A security guard stands near surveillance cameras on a lamp post at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg
Frank N. Pieke
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Frank N. Pieke

Why the West should stop projecting its fears onto China and cultivate a more mature relationship

  • In the West’s black-and-white telling, China has been either good or evil in the past 70 years. The West swoons when it sees China becoming more liberal, but demonises Beijing when it stirs up Western fears of techno-surveillance

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A security guard stands near surveillance cameras on a lamp post at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg
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President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party’s Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, makes a speech during the opening ceremony of a training programme for party officials in Beijing on September 3. Photo: Xinhua
Minxin Pei
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Minxin Pei

China’s Communist Party is looking at the beginning of the end of one-party rule

  • After nearly 70 years in power, China’s one-party regime is approaching the longevity frontier for dictatorship amid an economic slowdown and tensions with the US
  • A crackdown on opponents and an emphasis on nationalism may boost support in the short term but staying in power to celebrate the party’s centenary will be a challenge

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President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party’s Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, makes a speech during the opening ceremony of a training programme for party officials in Beijing on September 3. Photo: Xinhua
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