China Politics

Population Decline: The New Normal in China’s Demographics?

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China’s demographic decline is a tale long foretold, but it was never meant to happen quite so soon.

China Scrambles to Contain COVID-19 Outbreak ahead of Lunar New Year

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Mass lockdowns and temporary COVID-19 hospitals have returned to China, and the timing couldn’t be worse.

Data Puts China’s Recovery Prospects in Doubt

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The first official data has been published outlining the economic hit to China from COVID-19, and it’s considerably worse than many were expecting.

Hong Kong Protests: Echoes of Tiananmen Square

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Hong Kong’s quest for identity recognition, transparency, good governance, and rule-of-law is starting to resemble one of the darkest moments in China’s modern history.

Ghosts of Occupy Haunt the Hong Kong Authorities

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In an echo of 2014, protesters marching en masse in Hong Kong. And this time they might actually achieve their goal.

Huawei’s ‘Teachable Moment’ on Public Diplomacy

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The Chinese telecom’s public diplomacy blitz in the United States has room for improvement.

Backgrounder: A Brief History of China’s United Front

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Xi Jinping has dusted off an old ‘magic weapon’ to wage political warfare at home and abroad. Here’s a brief history of the global influencing operation that surprisingly few have heard of.

US-China Trade Deal (March 9, 2019)

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Zac and Nick discuss whether the rumored terms of the US-China trade deal are a win for the Trump administration.

How Low Can the Renminbi Go?

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What’s behind the recent devaluation of the renminbi, and what’s its floor?

Twin Traps Imperil China’s Trajectory in the Decade Ahead

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Avoiding the Thucydides Trap and the middle-income trap will require compromise, domestic stability, and constructive relations with the US.

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