When the Obama-era vice-president said China was ‘not competition’ for the US, the backlash was enough to make him walk back his comments, but the challenges facing President Xi Jinping, from the economy to wrangling the country’s bureaucrats, are vast
An increasingly hawkish US has been closing its doors to Chinese investors, students and academics. But such disengagement reeks of paranoia that could worsen already strained ties between the world’s two largest economies.
A pact could help Beijing transform its economy and take the reins on the world stage. And then? Reforming the WTO, joining the new TPP, negotiating free-trade with Japan, Korea and schmoozing Europe should be priorities
The release of a six-year-old speech by the Chinese president, in which he warns of the struggle ahead between socialism and capitalism, comes as the People’s Republic reaches its 70th anniversary – a mark the USSR never passed.
China is spending billions in an effort to tell its stories to the world. But the official media’s poor coverage of an explosion at a chemical plant in Jiangsu exposes just how clueless its propaganda officials really are
The country has had an appalling food safety record over the past decade, with an abundance of public health scandals affecting children. But as long as the ruling class and elites enjoy special privileges, their vows will mean little
Going by official media, the intensity of pledges of allegiance to the president were reminiscent of the 1960s heyday of Mao Zedong. But the Chinese people have grown more mature about political indoctrination.