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The three mistakes the Chinese government has made in its mishandling of the coronavirus crisis


Even though the SSRS disaster demonstrated the need for greater openness, China has made the same mistakes in the current crisis while expecting a different outcome. Wuhan’s decision to suppress the bad news was particularly dire. Given the Communist Party’s tight grip on power, it is hardly surprising that it would mortgage the health of … Continue reading

China ramps up virus propaganda, and stirs even more outrage


The 14 women from northwest China cried silently as a group of men shaved off their long black hair, a precaution meant to help prevent infection before they treat patients inflicted with the deadly new coronavirus. The nurses were featured in a video released over the weekend by the Gansu Daily, a media outlet affiliated … Continue reading

It’s time for global businesses to admit it: China isn’t a good investment


Global companies have flocked to invest in China for decades, lured by the promise of cheap, skilled labor and a stable, if tyrannical, government. Recent economic shocks show it’s time for them to rethink that cozy arrangement. The coronavirus outbreak is the first shock to the Chinese industrial complex. The disease is spreading so fast … Continue reading

Cats are wearing coronavirus masks in China


As the deadly coronavirus outbreak continues to ravage the country, pet owners in China are putting on makeshift masks on their furry friends. Photos on the Chinese social media app Weibo show pets – namely cats – wearing the makeshift masks, many of them made from traditional surgical masks. Owners are cutting holes in the material to … Continue reading

Virus storytellers challenge China’s official narrative


After nearly a week of roaming China’s epidemic-struck city, filming the dead and the sickened in overwhelmed hospitals, the strain of being hounded by both the new virus and the country’s dissent-quelling police started to tell. Chen Qiushi looked haggard and disheveled in his online posts, an almost unrecognizable shadow of the energetic young man … Continue reading

China’s outrageous threats to the Wall Street Journal


Facing Chinese threats to disrupt the Wall Street Journal’s operations, the Trump administration should warn that it will retaliate against any Chinese action directed toward the publication. The Chinese Communist Party is upset over Walter Russell Mead’s recent Wall Street Journal column “China is the real sick man of Asia.” China says that the column … Continue reading

Death of whistleblower doctor unleashes fury in China


With the coronavirus spreading around the world, Chinese leader Xi Jinping told President Trump in a phone call Friday that his government is confident about and capable of defeating the epidemic. Anger was swelling online in China over the death of a whistleblower doctor who tried to sound the alarm about the deadly outbreak but … Continue reading

Coronavirus crisis shows China’s governance failure


As the Communist Party cements control, more officials worry about pleasing their bosses than taking care of the people. Wuhan’s mayor blamed higher-ups. A senior disease control official blamed layers of bureaucracy. A top government expert blamed the public: The people, he said, simply didn’t understand what he told them. As China grapples with a … Continue reading

China says Xi Jinping is directing its Wuhan coronavirus response, but he’s nowhere to be seen


Since he first intervened in the Wuhan coronavirus crisis in late January, ordering “all-out efforts” to contain its spread, Chinese President Xi Jinping has been personally directing the country’s response. At least, that’s what state media has been repeatedly emphasizing — Xi himself has not been seen for several days, missing from his usual place … Continue reading

China is the real sick man of Asia


The mighty Chinese juggernaut has been humbled this week, apparently by a species-hopping bat virus. While Chinese authorities struggle to control the epidemic and restart their economy, a world that has grown accustomed to contemplating China’s inexorable rise was reminded that nothing, not even Beijing’s power, can be taken for granted. We do not know … Continue reading

American universities are a soft target for China’s spies, say U.S. intelligence officials


It was a brazen scheme to steal another company’s product, according to a federal criminal complaint. University of Texas professor Bo Mao, prosecutors say, took proprietary technology from an American Silicon Valley start-up and handed it over to a subsidiary of Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications conglomerate. But what makes the case against Mao particularly noteworthy … Continue reading

As coronavirus spreads, so does anti-China sentiment


Fears of the outbreak have fueled xenophobia as a wave of panic spreads, sometimes outstripping practical concerns. In Japan, the hashtag #ChineseDon’tComeToJapan has been trending on Twitter. In Singapore, tens of thousands of residents have signed a petition calling for the government to ban Chinese nationals from entering the country. In Hong Kong, South Korea … Continue reading

Coronavirus crisis exposes cracks in China’s facade of unity


With anger rising over the response to the coronavirus outbreak, even some with ties to China’s leaders have called for acknowledging divisions, not papering them over. From the outside, China’s Communist Party appears powerful and effective. It has tightened its control over Chinese politics and culture, the economy and everyday life, projecting the image of … Continue reading

It’s high time China halted counterfeit capers


The Trump White House has said lots about fake news these past three years. Now it’s going after fake products — counterfeit goods, usually from China — that pretend to be high-priced originals. I started investigating these knockoff goods nearly 10 years ago, and I have some stories to tell. Like the time I got … Continue reading

China is quarantining a city of 11 million to contain the Coronavirus


On Wednesday the Chinese government announced a partial quarantine of Wuhan, the city of 11 million at the center of a deadly coronavirus outbreak, with all major modes of public transit shut down. The severe measure was prompted by growing concern over the pneumonia-like virus that doesn’t respond to antibiotics. According an ongoing tally from … Continue reading

Former Interpol president sentenced to prison in China for corruption


The former president of Interpol has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison. Meng Hongwei, the first Chinese national to assume the presidency of the France-based international law enforcement organization, received his 13 1/2-year sentence for corruption Tuesday in a Chinese courtroom. Meng pleaded guilty last year to using his position in China … Continue reading

Real-Life Iron Man? China is developing military exoskeletons


China has joined the Great Exoskeleton Arms Race. With America and Russia developing exoskeletons—essentially the powered armor suits depicted in science fiction and superhero films like Starship Troopers and Iron Man—it was inevitable that China would follow suit. In October 2019, the People’s Liberation Army’s Army Equipment Department held a competition for the best exoskeleton … Continue reading

What Americans don’t understand about China’s power


Chinese leaders stretching back to Deng Xiaoping have often thought in terms of decades. A decade encompasses two of China’s famous five-year plans, and it’s a long-enough period to notice real changes in a country’s trajectory. As it happens, I spent time in China at both ends of the decade that just ended, first in … Continue reading

Germany investigates three suspected of spying for China


German authorities raided the homes and offices of three people suspected of spying for the Chinese government, officials said on Thursday, giving no details about their identities or the nature of the alleged espionage. “This is a preliminary investigation against three known persons,” said Markus Schmitt, a spokesman for the German federal prosecutor, Peter Frank. … Continue reading

China paid a big price for stealing a Russian fighter jet design


Remember that Russian carrier-based jet that China copied without permission? Those airplanes are crashing, and Russia doesn’t seem too broken up about it. Though Russia and China are now friends, even holding joint exercises, Russia’s Sputnik News recently trotted out an article titled “Chinese Navy Short on Carrier-Based Fighters, Only Has Problem-Ridden J-15.” The J-15 … Continue reading

The moral hazard of dealing with China


Academic institutions must grapple with the question of when engagement becomes complicity. Shortly before its first-ever applications period was due to close, the Schwarzman Scholars program held an admissions seminar at the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing. The elite China-based graduate program, funded by American businessman Stephen Schwarzman’s personal wealth and fundraising efforts and modeled … Continue reading

How China may help its enemy get elected in Taiwan


Taiwan’s President Tsai can thank Beijing for its stupidity if she stays in power. This Saturday, voters in Taiwan will choose their next president and the national Legislature. Tsai Ing-wen, the incumbent president who is detested by the Chinese government because of her tough — if, until recently, low-key — anti-China stance, has chosen as … Continue reading

China’s bid to challenge Boeing and Airbus falters


Development of China’s C919 single-aisle plane, already at least five years behind schedule, is going slower than expected, a dozen people familiar with the program told Reuters, as the state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation (COMAC) struggles with a range of technical issues that have severely restricted test flights. Delays are common in complex aerospace programs, but … Continue reading

How Taiwan’s elections remind the world – and Hong Kong – that Chinese culture and democracy can co-exist


When the islanders on the windswept Taiwanese archipelago of Matsu go to the polls this Saturday, Lii Wen, the enthusiastic young candidate for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, knows he has little chance of winning a seat. But he still considers his electoral race a victory. Matsu’s 13,000-strong population will make their free choice between … Continue reading

World’s first 350km-per-hour driverless bullet train goes into service in China


China has just hurtled past another milestone in its vast high-speed railway expansion plans. As the countdown to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics continues, the new 108-mile high-speed railway line connecting the capital with Olympic host city Zhangjiakou has just entered service, cutting the travel time between the two from three hours to 47 minutes. … Continue reading

A dramatic before and after look at China’s first aircraft carrier


A picture of China’s first aircraft carrier before it was eventually completed has surfaced on the Chinese internet. The images showed up on Tencent’s microblog and show a rusty, unfinished hulk. The ship, built for the USSR but never completed, was towed to China where it eventually became the carrier Liaoning. The article also lists … Continue reading

Archaeologists excavate 200 more Chinese terracotta warriors


In 1974, farmers digging a well in China’s Shaanxi province stumbled upon fragments of a life-size clay figure crafted in the shape of a battle-ready soldier. Subsequent excavations revealed a stunning, now-iconic archaeological discovery: an army of “terracotta warriors,” each rendered with unique traits some 2,000 years ago. The clay army flanks the mausoleum of … Continue reading

Make no mistake: China would destroy U.S. cities in a nuclear war


When one reads enough Chinese naval literature, diagrams of multi-axial cruise missile saturation attacks against aircraft carrier groups may begin to seem normal. However, one particular graphic from the October 2015 issue (p. 32) of the naval journal Naval & Merchant Ships [舰船知识] stands out as both unusual and singularly disturbing. It purports to map … Continue reading

Why China’s crackdown on academic freedom will backfire


Chinese academics and intellectuals should not have been enraged by the communist leadership’s move to drop a written statement about academic freedom from the charters of a handful of universities. Not only has there rarely been such freedom in China since the founding of the people’s republic in 1949, this rarity is commonplace in communist-ruled nations. … Continue reading

The 235 days that rattled China and shook the world


They were 235 days that shook the world, rattled China’s regime and refuted the most pernicious wishful thinking since the appeasement of dictators collapsed eight decades ago. Nothing more momentous happened in 2019 than Hong Kong’s heroic insurrection. It began with the April 3 introduction by Beijing’s Hong Kong satraps of an extradition bill that … Continue reading

China built its J-20 stealth fighter aircraft without any guns


China’s J-20 stealth fighter doesn’t have a gun. That could be a problem for the Chinese air force. Observers of the twin-engine stealth fighter long had speculated that the J-20 lacks a cannon. Photography of J-20s since the type’s first flight in January 2011 hadn’t revealed bulges or openings that might point to an internal … Continue reading

Pilot shortages could ground China’s plans to develop combat-ready aircraft carrier fleet


A shortage of naval pilots is holding back Beijing’s ambitions to develop a truly combat-ready fleet, military analysts have said. China officially commissioned its second aircraft carrier the Shandong last week, which means it will need at least 70 pilots, along with more supporting flight officers. However, plans to further expand its fleet to five … Continue reading

For China’s underground churches, this was no easy Christmas


Li Chengju glared at her prison interrogator as he pressed her to renounce her Christian church and condemn her pastor. Her captor warned she would not be so lucky as the pastor, who was locked in secret detention but at least might get a day in court. “Look at you. You sweep the floors at … Continue reading

A jungle airstrip stirs suspicions about China’s plans for Cambodia


The Chinese military’s “string of pearls” strategy depends on far-flung regional outposts. Some think Cambodia is becoming one. When completed next year on a remote stretch of shoreline, Dara Sakor International Airport will boast the longest runway in Cambodia, complete with the kind of tight turning bay favored by fighter jet pilots. Nearby, workers are … Continue reading

China is seeking to ‘take over’ Australia’s political system, former Australian spy chief claims


The retired Asio chief Duncan Lewis has reportedly warned that the Chinese government is seeking to use “insidious” foreign interference operations to “take over” Australia’s political system. Anyone in office could be a target and the strategy’s full impact might not be apparent for decades, Lewis is reported to have told the political journal Quarterly … Continue reading

China commissions 2nd aircraft carrier, challenging U.S. dominance


China commissioned its first domestically built aircraft carrier on Tuesday, reaching a new milestone in its ambitions to build a modern navy capable of challenging American dominance of the seas, especially in the Pacific. China’s leader, Xi Jinping, presided over a commissioning ceremony at the Chinese naval base in Sanya, on the southern island of … Continue reading

China’s foreign minister says the US has successively angered and suppressed China


Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said on Friday that the United States had seriously damaged the hard-won mutual trust between the countries by criticizing Beijing over issues such as Hong Kong and the treatment of Muslim Uighurs. “Such behavior is almost paranoid, and is indeed rare in international exchanges, seriously damaging the hard-won foundation of … Continue reading

Be sceptical of Trump’s new trade deal with China


As with so many assertions from President Trump, skepticism is in order about his announcement Friday of a “phase one” trade deal with China. Start with the seemingly straightforward issue of exactly what Mr. Trump got in return for reducing some U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports and forgoing others that were set to take effect … Continue reading

China is not as strong as it seems


American opinion has moved away from its once-benign view of China. That older view, still favored by many business people, held that a prosperous China would threaten its neighbors less than a poor China, and anyway would offer the United States great economic advantages. Accordingly, this view recommended that the West engage China in a … Continue reading

China’s J-20 stealth fighter is capable, but has some big flaws


Reports say China put its stealth fighter — the J-20 — into service last month. The aircraft, built by the Chengdu Aerospace Corporation, is a twin-engine multi-role fighter that can reach speeds of 2,100 kilometers per hour. It’s believed the J-20 will have two primary missions. First, it could be deployed as a long range … Continue reading

Beijing’s policies uniting US interest groups against China


China’s US policies are uniting a broad range of American interests against the world’s second largest economy, and a veteran US diplomat believes it is time for a new approach. Christopher Hill, former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said China needed to start peeling back its assertive stance across the … Continue reading

Donald Trump should cancel China trade deal and raise tariffs


President Trump said last week that it may be better to wait until after his reelection to complete a trade deal with China. As a scheduled increase in tariffs on China approaches on December 15, Trump should stick with this instinct: he doesn’t need a deal and shouldn’t throw a lifeline to the Chinese Communist … Continue reading

China’s plan to fight a nuclear war against America is to nuke U.S. cities


When one reads enough Chinese naval literature, diagrams of multi-axial cruise missile saturation attacks against aircraft carrier groups may begin to seem normal. However, one particular graphic from the October 2015 issue (p. 32) of the naval journal Naval & Merchant Ships [舰船知识] stands out as both unusual and singularly disturbing. It purports to map … Continue reading

China’s plan for six aircraft carriers just ‘sank’


China reportedly is slowing its plan to acquire two aircraft carriers for each of its regional fleets. Instead of speeding ahead with the development of a six-carrier fleet — two each for the northern, eastern and southern fleets — the Chinese navy could stop after acquiring flattop number four. “Plans for a fifth [carrier] have … Continue reading

China must answer for Xinjiang cultural genocide in court


International law is a vital part of fighting for the Uighur people. The substantial leaks to the New York Times and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists of internal policy documents of the Chinese Communist Party regarding the crackdown on the Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in China’s western region of Xinjiang dramatically shift the … Continue reading

Is it possible Trump is on the right track with China?


“Trump’s trade war is losing, not gaining, support,” Paul Krugman wrote this week in his column “Why Is Trump a Tariff Man?” So why does the president avoid making the deals that might end this perpetual state of economic uncertainty? In a word, freedom. “Tariffs let him exercise unconstrained power, rewarding his friends and punishing … Continue reading

629 Pakistani girls sold as brides to China


Page after page, the names stack up: 629 girls and women from across Pakistan who were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China. The list, obtained by The Associated Press, was compiled by Pakistani investigators determined to break up trafficking networks exploiting the country’s poor and vulnerable. The list gives the most … Continue reading

US House approves bill that calls for sanctioning Chinese officials over Muslim detainment camps


The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would require the Trump administration to toughen its response to China’s crackdown on its Muslim minority, demanding sanctions on senior Chinese officials and export bans. The Uighur Act of 2019 is a stronger version of a bill that angered Beijing when it passed … Continue reading

China has lost Taiwan, and they know it


“Not a chance,” the president’s tweet said, in Chinese characters. That was the message from Tsai Ing-wen, the leader of Taiwan, on Nov. 5, after the Chinese government announced a string of initiatives to lure Taiwanese companies and residents to the mainland. “Beijing’s new 26 measures are part of a greater effort to force a … Continue reading

China has a new aircraft carrier, but a lack of fighter jets that can use it


Is China’s newest aircraft carrier half-full or half-empty? That depends on how you look at the vessel’s aircraft capacity. The ship, prosaically named the Type 001A for now, is China’s second carrier and the first built in China. The first carrier, the Liaoning, is a refurbished ex-Soviet vessel. The Liaoning could carry twenty-four J-15 fighters. … Continue reading

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