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What Africans really think about China’s role in Africa


It’s been 20 years since the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation was first held. Another summit is planned for September 2021 in Dakar, Senegal. Meanwhile, Chinese and African officials are reviewing and reflecting on their two-decade relationship. China’s growing engagement with Africa has had a positive, albeit uneven, effect on Africa’s economic growth, economic diversification, job … Continue reading

China’s next border friction may be with Afghanistan, the ‘graveyard of empires’


The US plan announced this week to speed up the withdrawal of thousands of troops from Afghanistan may have troubling consequences for China, which shares a border with the war-torn country in its far west region of Xinjiang. Acting defence secretary Christopher Miller said on Tuesday the US would cut its military presence in Afghanistan … Continue reading

Biden likely won’t reverse Trump’s trade war against China


President Trump’s slash-and-burn rhetoric against China may have brought few lasting economic benefits so far, but it has succeeded in one fundamental way: No administration can now afford to play nice with the United States’ biggest rival. Trump made hostility toward China a centerpiece of his “America First” trade agenda, launching bitter attacks against Beijing’s … Continue reading

Trump bans Americans from investing in Chinese firms he claims have ties to the military


President Donald Trump has signed an executive order banning Americans from investing in Chinese firms that the administration says are owned or controlled by the Chinese military. The order applies to 31 Chinese companies which it says “enable the development and modernization” of China’s military and “directly threaten” US security. Smartphone maker Huawei and Hikvision, … Continue reading

China warns of action after US Secretary of State says Taiwan not part of China


China will strike back against any moves that undermine its core interests, its foreign ministry said on Friday, after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Taiwan “has not been a part of China”. China calls Taiwan the most sensitive and important issue in its ties with the United States, and has been angered … Continue reading

Britain, EU join U.S.in condemning China’s crackdown on Hong Kong lawmakers


Britain and the European Union on Thursday condemned China’s move to disqualify fourpro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong — an action that has led to the mass resignation of the opposition in the city’s legislature. The move follows the approval on Wednesday by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a resolution giving Hong Kong authorities … Continue reading

TikTok asks defeated Donald Trump: ‘Are we still banned?’


Chinese video service TikTok has begun a legal challenge against the Trump administration over plans to shut it down in the US on 12 November. President Donald Trump ordered a ban on new downloads of the viral video service on that date unless ByteDance was purchased by a US firm. TikTok said it had worked … Continue reading

Why Trump will blame China for a Biden victory


President Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud and conspiracies against him are dominating right-wing media as his supporters attempt to come to terms with an almost certain election defeat. But while the president and his fans are struggling to find a clear narrative, right-wing Chinese-language media has already settled on a clear culprit: the … Continue reading

Eight charged in alleged Chinese plot to coerce family to return from US


Eight people have been charged with conspiring to work on behalf of China’s government in a plot to coerce a Chinese family in the US to return to their home country to face charges. Five of the individuals charged, including an American private investigator, were arrested on Wednesday in New Jersey, New York and California. … Continue reading

You can’t pay cash in China


It’s hard for those of us who live outside of China to grasp how paying for everything has gone digital in the country. Most businesses there, from the fanciest hotels to roadside fruit stands, display a QR code — a type of bar code — that people scan with a smartphone camera to pay with … Continue reading

Unfavorable views of China reach historic highs in many countries


Views of China have grown more negative in recent years across many advanced economies, and unfavorable opinion has soared over the past year, a new 14-country Pew Research Center survey shows. Today, a majority in each of the surveyed countries has an unfavorable opinion of China. And in Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, … Continue reading

U.S. to offer loans to lure developing countries away from Chinese telecom gear


The US government is embarking on an effort to persuade developing countries to avoid Chinese telecommunications equipment, offering financial assistance to use alternatives that Washington says are safer and have less restrictions. The United States is ready to offer loans and other financing, potentially worth billions of dollars in total, for countries to buy hardware … Continue reading

China warns it will detain American nationals following prosecution of Chinese scholars


The Chinese government has repeatedly warned American officials that they could possibly detain United States nationals in China due to the Justice Department’s prosecution of Chinese military-affiliated scholars, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.  The sources said that the message, which has been issued through the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and … Continue reading

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is a mess, not a master plan


Confrontation with China is reaching fever pitch in many Western countries. Clashes over trade, the South China Sea, COVID-19, and Huawei’s role in 5G development all signify a growing appetite for a new Cold War with Beijing. But while there are many good reasons to criticize China, there is also mounting danger that blanket Sinophobia … Continue reading

Negative views about China soared to record highs in many countries, Pew survey shows


Negative opinions about China have soared among countries and reached a record high for most of the 14 countries polled, according to a recent Pew Research Center. Negative views of China reached their “highest points” in 9 of those countries since the research center began polling on this issue more than 10 years ago, the … Continue reading

The CIA sent a team of 4 operators on a spy mission targeting China. None came back.


As Tropical Storm Higos blew in from the Pacific, Stephen Stanek, a covert CIA operative, faced a decision. It was time to either cancel the operation he was running or go forward with it. The storm was barreling through the Philippines but was then projected to veer north and miss their area of operation. Stanek’s … Continue reading

The Forbidden City at 600: How China’s imperial palace survived against the odds


When the American writer David Kidd arrived in Beijing in 1981, having not seen China’s capital for three decades, he found the city almost unrecognizable. The fabled city walls were gone; its temples turned into schools and factories. Only in the vast imperial palace complex of the Forbidden City “could I imagine that the city … Continue reading

Europe just declared independence from China


As the EU navigates an increasingly Sino-American world, it finally sees the need to stand together, even against Beijing. China’s diplomats were already having a terrible year in Europe, but this week they managed to make it even worse. At this rate, Chinese President Xi Jinping may achieve the dubious feat of alienating the Europeans … Continue reading

China’s 260 concentration camps are proof of pure evil


It turns out the Chinese Communist Party is bent on permanently locking up much of the Uighur Muslim population of the far-west region of Xinjiang: Satellite images show that Beijing has secretly built 260 high-security concentration camps to hold them. Many, perhaps all, include a factory in the camp so the prisoners can be forced … Continue reading

Death toll rises to 29 in north China restaurant collapse


Chinese authorities say the death toll has risen to 29 in the collapse of a two-story restaurant in the northern province of Shanxi. The Ministry of Emergency Management says another 28 people were injured, seven of them seriously, when the building suddenly tumbled on Saturday. It said Sunday that rescue operations have now concluded, but … Continue reading

China reportedly secretly built hundreds of prison camps to hold minority Muslims


China has secretly constructed new prisons and internment camps over the past several years as the Communist Party-ruled country ramps up its mass detention campaign against Muslim minorities, according to a report on Thursday. Since 2017, China has built 260 of the high-security camps that have the capacity to hold tens of thousands of people … Continue reading

China’s expansionism enters dangerous phase


China’s expansionist drive, from the East and South China seas to the Himalayas and the southern Pacific, is making the Indo-Pacific region more volatile and unstable. Along with the spread of the Wuhan-originating coronavirus, this has also given rise to growing anti-China sentiment. China’s border aggression against India since April dovetails with a broader strategy … Continue reading

China says it’s been vaccinating doctors and border workers since July


China has been using an experimental coronavirus vaccine on people who work in “high risk” professions since July, including front line medical professionals and border inspectors, a senior official from the national health commission revealed over the weekend. Zheng Zhongwei, director of the Science and Technology Development Center of the National Health Commission, said the … Continue reading

China’s Communist Party is a threat to the world, says former elite insider


Cai Xia is no stranger to defying expectations. During her years at the Chinese Communist Party’s top training center and think tank, the outspoken professor had surprised many with her liberal ideas and support for democratic reform. More recently, she caused a stir with a spate of scathing denunciations of China’s ruling elite and the … Continue reading

Mao Zedong thought Japan did the Communist Party a great favour by invading China


Hong Kong’s Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung said there could only be one answer to the question in the Diploma of Secondary Education history exam regarding Sino-Japanese relations between 1900 and 1945: Japan had done China harm, and no good at all, during the second Sino-Japanese war. On the face of it, few people … Continue reading

Taiwan shows military might in slick video as China circles


China should not underestimate Taiwan’s determination to defend itself, and military threats will only cause Taiwan’s people to be even more resolute, the island’s defence ministry said in a new video responding to repeated Chinese threats. China has stepped up military activity around the island, where the losing nationalists set up their government at the … Continue reading

Chinese stealth fighters head west to confront India


Two Chinese air force J-20 stealth fighters have appeared at an air base in China’s far west as the mountain stand-off between India and Chine enters its fourth month. The twin-engine J-20s are visible in commercial satellite imagery of Hotan air base, in the Uighur autonomous region of Xinjiang. Chinese social-media users first spotted the … Continue reading

How China’s expanding fishing fleet is depleting the world’s oceans


For years, no one knew why dozens of battered wooden “ghost boats” — often along with corpses of North Korean fishermen whose starved bodies were reduced to skeletons — were routinely washing ashore along the coast of Japan. A recent investigation I did for NBC News, based on new satellite data, has revealed, however, what … Continue reading

China restaurant apologises for weighing customers


A restaurant in central China has apologised for encouraging diners to weigh themselves and then order food accordingly. The policy was introduced after a national campaign against food waste was launched. The beef restaurant in the city of Changsha placed two large scales at its entrance this week. It then asked diners to enter their … Continue reading

United States senator calls on China to repay $1.6 trillion of century-old debt


Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., introduced a resolution Thursday calling on China to repay U.S. bondholders more than $1.6 trillion of sovereign debt, including interest, that pre-dates the country’s Communist government. The measure is co-sponsored by Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and a House measure led by Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn., is forthcoming. Resolutions lack the force … Continue reading

Coronavirus found on frozen food packaging in Chinese cities


Three Chinese cities have reported detecting coronavirus on imported frozen food over the span of four days, raising fresh concerns contaminated food shipments could lead to new outbreaks. On Thursday, health officials in the southeastern city of Shenzhen said a surface sample of frozen chicken wings from Brazil has tested positive for the virus. The … Continue reading

China’s days as world’s factory are over, IPhone maker says


A key supplier to Apple Inc. and a dozen other tech giants plans to split its supply chain between the Chinese market and the U.S., declaring that China’s time as factory to the world is finished because of the trade war. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Chairman Young Liu said it’s gradually adding more capacity … Continue reading

How to beat China and help the world’s poor


A proxy for the contest between American and Chinese capitalism will take place in developing countries, where institutions are manifestly not coping with the economic recession triggered by Covid-19. The two billion people who work outside the global financial system in the informal economy suffered a 60% drop in income in the first month of … Continue reading

Hidden Hand book review: China’s true global ambitions exposed


This is a remarkable book with a chilling message. The Chinese Communist party, for which dominating rural China in order to encircle its cities and win the civil war is part of its historic backstory, is now intent on doing the same internationally. Using whatever lever comes to hand – generously financing a thinktank in … Continue reading

Deception is key to Chinese military strategies


The role of deception in military operations has long been valued by Chinese military leaders and strategists. Despite this long tradition, few studies on Chinese military power touch on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)’s use of deception. China regards deception as a key component of national security policy and military planning, and PLA leaders continue … Continue reading

US will pay for companies to bring supply chains home from China


The Trump administration is willing to pay for U.S. companies to uproot their supply chains and bring them home from China, according to the president’s top economic adviser. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused supply chain disruptions and elevated concerns the U.S. has become too reliant on production in Asia, and specifically China, for goods and … Continue reading

China wields coronavirus to nationalise American-owned carmaker


China enticed an American entrepreneur with the opportunity of helping build a cutting-edge automobile company in the world’s largest car market, then used the uncertainty cast by COVID-19 to steal his intellectual property, the businessman says. Steve Saleen, founder of specialty high-performance sports car manufacturer Saleen Automotive, and his partner Charles Wang, a Chinese immigrant and former attorney … Continue reading

Dystopian Deeds: How China’s top-notch mass surveillance system threatens global freedoms


Every millimeter of Beijing is monitored by state-of-the-art surveillance cameras, according to the Beijing Public Safety Bureau. Facial recognition algorithms matched with images filed away in a secret database could see you in legal trouble for something you did near your front door. A semi-political post made in a private chat could lead to the loss … Continue reading

China’s assertiveness is becoming a problem for its friends, too


In the regular drumbeat of arrests of alleged Chinese spies, one case last month stood out. It did not involve the U.S. or another rival of China, but Russia, whose security services accused a prominent scientist of selling classified data on technologies for detecting submarines. Meanwhile a court in Kazakhstan in October convicted the Central … Continue reading

China increasingly worried about ‘losing face’ as Japan bankrolls exodus of firms


Japan’s decision to offer an initial group of 87 companies subsidies totalling US$653 million to expand production at home and in Southeast Asia has sparked debate whether the world’s third largest economy is trying to gradually decouple from China. The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on global supply chains, with the crisis underlining what many … Continue reading

Claims China is forcibly harvesting organs of Uighur population


Human rights activists are collecting evidence that people are killed for their organs For decades, the Chinese Communist Party depended on executed prisoners to bolster its organ transplant trade. Then it emerged that government leaders were relying on persecuted minorities to boost their bank. But despite claims that all harvested body parts now stem strictly from … Continue reading

Cultural genocide? What China is doing in Tibet today


While much of the international community has focused on abuses against the Uighur Muslims in the Chinese province of Xingang, the human rights horrors against Buddhists in Tibet – a decades-long conflict — have dropped from the limelight. “Tibet is one of the worst human rights crises in the world today. More than 150 Tibetans have self-immolated … Continue reading

China is what Orwell feared


Northwest of Beijing’s Forbidden City, outside the Third Ring Road, the Chinese Academy of Sciences has spent seven decades building a campus of national laboratories. Near its center is the Institute of Automation, a sleek silvery-blue building surrounded by camera-studded poles. The institute is a basic research facility. Its computer scientists inquire into artificial intelligence’s … Continue reading

Gordon Chang compares China to 1930’s Japan, warns of very dangerous activities by Beijing against US


Author and China expert Gordon Chang warned on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.” Monday that the Beijing government has undertaken “very dangerous activities, especially against the U.S. Navy and the Air Force” in recent years. “When a militant power wants to kill in great numbers, it usually succeeds,” Chang told host Stuart Varney in reference to … Continue reading

Chinese fugitive taken into custody as US claims Houston consulate was a part of espionage network


Senior US government officials said Friday that a Chinese scientist who had been hiding in the country’s San Francisco consulate after accusations of visa fraud is now in US custody and also charged that Beijing has been using its diplomatic outposts to run an espionage network to steal intellectual property from US businesses, universities and … Continue reading

Why is Xi Jinping pitting China against the world?


Xi Jinping has stifled dissent at home and is increasingly willing for China to assert itself abroad. Earlier this week, Chinese leader Xi Jinping held a rare meeting in Beijing with business leaders. Admitting that the Covid-19 pandemic had a “huge impact” on the country’s economy, Xi used a Chinese idiom to assure his listeners. … Continue reading

U.S. wants to build coalition to counter China’s ‘disgraceful’ menace


U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday the United States wants to build a global coalition to counter China as he accused Beijing of exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to further its own interests. U.S. President Donald Trump identifies China as the United States’ main rival, and has accused President Xi Jinping of taking … Continue reading

The cold war between U.S. and China just got a lot hotter


So, this is what life feels like “in the foothills of a new Cold War,” as Henry Kissinger has called it.Though perhaps the better metaphor would be “in the trenches,” for this week one could hear the steady din overhead from the escalating U.S.-Chinese conflict that will define our times. On Monday, Secretary of State … Continue reading

US considers travel ban on millions of Chinese Communist Party members


The US is reportedly considering imposing travel restrictions on Chinese Communist party members amid a deepening row, with president Donald Trump saying further sanctions were possible and Beijing vowing retaliation. A draft presidential proclamation would revoke visas for members of the Chinese Communist party as well as their families, according to the New York Times, … Continue reading

US allies once seemed cowed by China. Now they’re responding with rare coordination


Chinese President Xi Jinping surprised the world with a speech at Davos in 2017, defending free trade and joint action on climate change as then US president-elect Donald Trump argued for precisely the opposite. It might have been an overambitious pitch by Xi to position China as the world’s next leader, but it also seemed a genuine sign that Beijing … Continue reading

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