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‘We believers just go to church and pray’: Chinese Catholics feel removed from Vatican-Beijing tensions

Ian Johnson, the veteran reporter on religion in China (interviewed on Sinica here and here),

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Maldives in crisis is torn between India and China

The Maldives, a small nation of little more than 400,000 in…

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Detained Hong Kong bookseller gives surreal interview, raising stakes for Sweden

According to the Chinese government and state media, Gui Minhai is…

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Is China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs finally going to get some muscle?

China’s foreign ministry has long been known as the weakling among…

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‘We will have to thank them for those islands’: The Philippines’ mixed signals on the South China Sea

In July 2016, a tribunal at the Hague ruled in favor…

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AI submarines, ship-mounted rail guns, and other Chinese military tech

China’s military has made several waves recently with ambitious technological advances…

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Philippines feel helpless as China completes South China Sea development

“What do they want us to do?” This was the rhetorical question from a government spokesperson at a press…

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Pentagon issues correction after document labels Taiwan as part of China

Chinese officials aren’t the only ones sensitive about labeling/mislabeling Taiwan…

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Vatican and Beijing on cusp of ‘historic breakthrough in relations,’ says report

The Vatican and Beijing, who have long endured icy relations, have…

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Hong Kong votes to ban ivory trade by 2021

At the very end of 2016, China’s State Council — the…

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UK’s May comes to China severely hobbled by Brexit

A little over two years ago, then-Prime Minister of the United…

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China denies report of bugging African Union building, AU diplomat says ‘at least they have never colonized us’

In 2012, China gave an important gift to the chief diplomatic institution of the African continent, the African Union…

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When it comes to China business, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have no comment

Jared Kushner shakes hands with Cui Tiankai,…

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China’s economic mastermind promises blue skies and controlled debt in 3 years

Liu He 刘鹤, one of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s closest advisors…

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Sweden summons Chinese ambassador over snatching of bookseller

“It wasn’t like this a few years ago,” a Western diplomat…

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