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In 2000, roughly 3 per cent of the China’s population was classified as middle class. By 2018, more than half of China’s population – 707 million people – had entered the country’s middle-income bracket. Photo: AP
Why is China’s middle class starting to look like the US’ not a good thing?

Housing is increasingly unaffordable for China’s middle class, and household debt levels are rising, while the middle class faces the real possibility of not being able to do better than their parents.

8 Dec 2021 - 12:34AM
Wang Manyu of China (left) and Kanak Jha of the United States in action at the World Championships in Huston as two mixed doubles pairs between the two nations were formed to mark the 50th anniversary of the “Ping Pong” diplomacy. They beat Mariia Tailakova and Vladimir Sidorenko of Russia 3-0 in the opening round. Photo: Xinhua
Winning start for US-China teams at table tennis World Championships

‘Ping pong diplomacy’ returns in Houston after 50-year gap, with mixed doubles sides progressing through first round of the tournament. There were differing fortunes for Hong Kong’s paddlers on first day.

24 Nov 2021 - 5:36PM
The issue of China joining the United States in releasing crude oil reserves was raised during virtual the meeting between Xi Jinping and Joe Biden. Photo: Bloomberg
Explainer | How much crude oil is China sitting on, and can it help cool soaring prices?

The US asked China to release crude oil reserves to help stabilise soaring prices during the virtual meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden at the end of November.

25 Feb 2022 - 7:27PM
The domestic harvest season is looming and China is expecting a bumper crop after farmers sharply boosted corn planting this year. Photo: Xinhua
US trade deal may be hit with bumper harvest set to cool China’s buying spree

China has imported about 23 million tonnes in the 2020-21 marketing year, close to US Department of Agriculture’s forecast of 26 million tonnes.

1 Sep 2021 - 11:20AM
The people-to-people ties that have bound the US-China relationship together over decades of engagement have frayed, according to two Brookings Institution analysts . Photo: Reuters
US axes Chinese cultural programmes on propaganda grounds

US secretary of state says the exchanges are soft power influence tools offering carefully curated access to the Communist Party.

5 Dec 2020 - 11:08PM
Some members of a neighbourhood “block watch” in Manhattan’s Chinatown, which was organised after incidents of pandemic-inspired racism. Photo: courtesy of Karlin Chan
As xenophobia rises, Chinese-American communities look out for themselves

In New York and San Francisco, Chinatown residents have formed neighbourhood patrols in response to attacks they say are inspired by the pandemic and rhetoric by US President Donald Trump.

24 Oct 2020 - 5:19AM
Houston Rockets guard James Harden passes against the Charlotte Hornets during an NBA basketball game. Photo: AP
‘James Harden changed my life,’ says ex-Houston Rockets GM Morey

Departing NBA executive, whose Hong Kong tweet kicked off a firestorm with China last year, takes out full-page newspaper ad to thank Harden and Houston.

19 Oct 2020 - 12:01PM
Will the departure of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey signal a reset of relations between the NBA and China? Illustration: Henry Wong
A timeline of the NBA’s China crisis as Daryl Morey quits

Player attacks, hall-of-famer defences, support, criticism, accusations and rebuttals – all have been a feature of a hugely turbulent period for relations between the NBA and China.

19 Oct 2020 - 11:38AM
Daryl Morey is stepping down on his own accord, a person familiar with the decision said. Photo: AP
Hong Kong-tweeting NBA Rockets executive Morey steps down

Morey was the cause off a huge rift between the NBA and China after tweeting support for Hong Kong protesters last year.

19 Oct 2020 - 11:38AM
Liu Chuanxing of Qingdao Double Star Eagle tries to block Wang Junjie of Bayi Rockets during the 2019-2020 Chinese Basketball Association league. Photo: Xinhua
China’s most successful basketball team to quit league: reports

Bayi Rockets, founded by PLA soldiers in 1955, dominated early days of Chinese Basketball Association but are set to pull out this season, according to reports.

20 Oct 2020 - 4:30PM
Oklahoma City Thunder's Terrance Ferguson on the NBA court with the message ‘Black Lives Matter’. Photo: AP
NBA: Mavs owner Mark Cuban ‘OK with doing business with China’

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban grilled by Megyn Kelly over NBA’s support for Black Lives Matter movement, as former Fox News host highlights human rights abuses in China.

14 Oct 2020 - 10:06PM
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James speaks after receiving the NBA Finals MVP award. Photo: USA Today Sports
Trump lawyer Giuliani tells Lakers to ‘celebrate in Communist China’

‘How about a big parade in Communist China, Beijing. That’s where it belongs,’ former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani tells NBA champions Los Angeles Lakers on Twitter.

13 Oct 2020 - 1:27PM
A still from a Kimsooja video artwork, To Breathe – The Flags, that features in Asia Society exhibition “We Do Not Dream Alone”, a showcase of Asian art at its museum in New York. Photo: Asia Society/Kimsooja
‘Asia is the main dish here’ – Asian art’s big US showcase

Long awaited, delayed and now extended, Asia Society’s New York exhibition ‘to put Asian art in the foreground’ is notable for the diversity of artists represented.

14 Oct 2020 - 4:09PM
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope celebrates with forward LeBron James after making a three pointe against the Miami Heat in game five of the 2020 NBA Finals. Photo: USA Today Sports
NBA returns to Chinese state TV a year after Hong Kong controversy

Potentially decisive Game Five of the NBA Finals between Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat shown on CCTV-5 a year on from blackout following Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey’s tweet.

19 Oct 2020 - 11:38AM
Within hours of Mulan’s release, eagle-eyed viewers saw that Disney had thanked several entities in Xinjiang. Photo: Disney via AP
Disney says it had to work with Chinese government on Mulan

In letter to British politicians, company defends its cooperation with entities accused of human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

10 Oct 2020 - 5:55AM
Illustration: SCMP
New US museum shows Chinese-Americans’ role in building America

Chinese-Americans have contributed to the United States’ construction, fought in its wars and built communities from coast to coast.

7 Oct 2020 - 4:06PM
Nike has been actively courting e-sports fans in China. Photo: Handout
Nike airs e-sports ad ahead of League of Legends World Championship

American sports apparel giant Nike rolls out a glitzy e-sports commercial in China in its latest move to court players and fans in the world’s second-largest economy.

5 Oct 2020 - 8:15PM
Protesters shout slogans at Southorn Playground in Hong Kong on October 15, 2019, during a rally in support of NBA basketball Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and against comments made by Lakers superstar LeBron James. Photo: AFP
NBA-China: one year on from Daryl Morey’s Hong Kong tweet

Games have been shown with NBA commissioner Adam Silver confident they will return to CCTV, while Morey has kept his job and NBA’s China relationship has become politicised in the US.

5 Oct 2020 - 4:38PM