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Is China’s factory farming to blame for coronavirus?


Scientists are tracing the path of Sars-CoV-2 from a wild animal host – but we need to look at the part played in the outbreak by industrial food production. Where did the virus causing the current pandemic come from? How did it get to a food market in Wuhan, China, from where it is thought … Continue reading

An overview of China’s economy and how coronavirus affected it


China has been the highest contributor to global economic growth for more than a decade. The capitalist market reforms introduced by Deng Xiaoping in 1978 paved the way for its impressive growth journey. China has set one of the best examples of how opening up of an economy can transform a country into a dominant … Continue reading

Taiwan’s president elected to 2nd term as voters back tough stance against China


Tsai Ing-wen was reelected as Taiwan’s president by a landslide Saturday in a victory that signalled strong support for her tough stance against China among voters determined to defend their democratic way of life. Tsai, from the Democratic Progressive Party, soundly defeated Nationalist Party candidate Han Kuo-yu, receiving 57.2 per cent of the vote to … 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

US says China will be bound by maritime arbitration ruling in South China Sea


A senior U.S. official says that an upcoming ruling on a case brought by the Philippines to arbitrate territorial claims in the South China Sea will also be binding on China despite its boycott of the proceedings. China contends it won’t be bound by the ruling that the Hague-based tribunal will deliver this year. Chinese … Continue reading

CIA pulls staff from China after US government hack


The CIA has withdrawn staff from the US embassy in Beijing, fearing data stolen from government computers could expose its agents, the Washington Post reports. In April, data about some 21 million federal employees was stolen in a massive attack on the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Security companies have blamed Chinese state hackers … Continue reading

Why India should reject China’s obsession with bigger, denser megacities


The world is in awe of China’s relentless capacity to produce gargantuan cities, each outdoing the most recent superlative that describes its predecessor. If Shenzhen and Shanghai are megacities, and the Pearl-River Delta a sprawling urban agglomeration, then what should we call the 130 million-strong Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei city-region the government is currently planning? A gigacity? While … Continue reading

As old China slows, new China remains closed to foreign firms: ‘The worst time for multinationals’


As China’s old economy slumps, service industries from banking to telecommunications are poised to take up the slack. The catch for American and other foreign firms: They’re locked out of these new growth drivers. Overseas banks and life insurers have both seen their markets shares slip over the past decade, to 1.7 per cent and … Continue reading

India to beat China again as fastest-growing economy in 2016 says IMF


India will be the world’s fastest growing economy for the second consecutive year in 2016 at 7.5 per cent, IMF today said, even as it lowered its current year global economy growth forecast to 3.3 per cent. In its World Economic Outlook Update released here, IMF retained India’s growth projection for current year at 7.5 … Continue reading

US military plans new tactics to deter China in South China Sea


The US is developing new military tactics to deter China’s slow but steady territorial advances in the South China Sea, including more aggressive use of surveillance aircraft and naval operations near contested areas. The rethink comes in the wake of the series of low-level incursions China has used to shift the status quo in one … Continue reading

China: Can 20 plus years of prosperity after suppression at Tiananmen justify the massacre?


On every anniversary of the Tiananmen Protests, one of the most infamous events in Chinese history, a government spokesman is asked by reporters about the Tiananmen Massacre, despite that they clearly know the forever repeated answer. No exception this year. “…conclusion reached long ago”, the spokesman said. But what is the conclusion? Counter-revolutionary riot or … Continue reading

New Australian defence white paper fails to recognise China as any threat whatsoever


Asia is a potentially turbulent region, yet Australia has no sensible defence strategy. For more than 40 years Australia has been able to assume that it is a secure country in a peaceful region. That has kept its defence needs low and defence budget modest. Now Asia is changing fast, and the old assumptions no … Continue reading

Chinese state secrets revealed: Details of leaders’ families


China’s top two leaders have revealed photographs and details of their families, breaking a long-held taboo where such information is considered a state secret. In a surprise move, clearly for boosting their public support, the official Xinhua news agency released previously unpublished photographs of Communist Party chief Xi Jinping and incoming premier Li Keqiang late … Continue reading

Basic English Language Education In China: An Overview by Hu Guangwei


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