Politics & Current Affairs

After the 19th Party Congress: Promotions, anti-corruption, and a scramble to research Xi Jinping Thought – China’s latest political and current affairs news

Here is a rundown of the major developments in Chinese politics since the closing of the 19th Party…

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China’s leadership scraps internal polls after ‘vote buying’ – China’s latest political and current affairs news

A detailed October 26 article (in Chinese) on central state media Xinhua (shorter English version here) has…

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On Wang Yang, Xi Jinping, Belt and Road – China’s latest political and current affairs news

Yesterday, I called Wang Yang 汪洋 “the most interesting new member of the Politburo,” and complained that Wang…

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China sets out to ‘regain its might’ in the world – China’s latest political and current affairs news

By 2050, two centuries after the Opium Wars, which plunged the “Middle Kingdom” into a period of hurt and…

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The Communist Party just enshrined Belt and Road, and India’s not happy – China’s latest political and current affairs news

President Xi Jinping’s signature policy proposal, the Belt and Road Initiative, is now a constitutionally mandated pursuit of…

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Last chance to speculate on China’s leadership transition – China’s latest political and current affairs news

The new lineup of the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC), the seven-member team leading China’s government helmed by General Secretary…

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Consensus forming that Xi will not retire in 2022? – China’s latest political and current affairs news

The South China Morning Post says that “sources familiar with top-level party discussions” believe that Xi Jinping will name…

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Consensus forming that Wang Qishan will retire? – China’s latest political and current affairs news

The South China Morning Post says “two well-placed sources” believe that the man considered second most powerful in China,…

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Xi highlights environmental protection in speech – China’s latest political and current affairs news

Coverage of Xi Jinping’s speech to China’s 19th national congress on October 18 mostly focused, rightly, on topics such…

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Foreign aid: China gives a fifth as much as the U.S., and there is no ‘master plan’ – China’s latest political and current affairs news

Last week, the U.S.-based research group AidData released an extensive data set and study of China’s financial transactions…

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A China-led Asian order ‘has arrived,’ former Australian ambassador says – China’s latest political and current affairs news

“Whether we like it or not, and mostly we don’t, Xi Jinping will be the single most important influence…

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After Doklam, another beef in Sri Lanka – China’s latest political and current affairs news

As the border standoff in Doklam continues to simmer, Sri Lanka, a country with a centuries-old cultural…

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Good signs emerge in China’s battle against pollution – China’s latest political and current affairs news

Although President Xi Jinping had a difficult time finding a delicate balance between combating various kinds of pollution and…

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A barred human rights activist and booing soccer fans in Hong Kong – China’s latest political and current affairs news

“I said: ‘Does this mean “one country, two systems” is dead? Is it “one country, one system” now?’ He…

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F. Warren McFarlan on U.S.-China relations, xenophobia, and the ambition of Chinese companies

F. Warren McFarlan is professor emeritus and former senior associate dean at Harvard Business School. He…

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