What’s up, China?
In less than four decades, China has turned its economy into a $10.4 trillion behemoth whose size is second only to that of the United States. It has moved hundreds of millions of people from the countryside into cities. Its middle class, coveted by corporations hunting for new customers, became the world’s largest in 2015 when it reached 109 million people. China’s actions around the globe – from investments in Africa to island-building in the South China Sea to partnerships with Hollywood studios – are shaping the economic, political and cultural orders of the 21st century.
This place is big.
As the nation of 1.36 billion people has grown in stature, so has attention upon it. Countless news organizations, independent websites, commentators and regular citizens track China’s every move, trying to figure out what makes it tick. It can be overwhelming.
SupChina is here to help.
Taming the torrents
In our regular newsletter, we’ll channel this river of information flowing from more than 150 high-quality sources into a two-minute read that will keep you up to speed on the country’s most important business, political and cultural news. On our website, you’ll find our quick looks at the day’s news along with content showcasing deeper analysis. Our podcast will bring together people with a variety of perspectives on the nation to create lively, informative and surprising discussions.
Unknotting the issues
China faces an extraordinary array of challenges. Its environment is suffering. The country struggles with deeply rooted government corruption. An economy trying to transform into one driven by consumers is slowing, threatening social stability. The free flow of information, so critical to highly developed nations, clashes with the authorities’ desire for control. Officials are still learning how to oversee a developing financial industry whose bouts of tumult rattle investors. An increasing and aging population is placing more and more demands on the government. Will China become more democratic? Or will it go the other way?
English speakers around the globe want answers to those questions. SupChina wants to provide them. We’ll be clear, but not cold. We’ll be pointed, but not partisan. We are serious with a twist – a voice that pulls in readers new to the country while engaging those already in the know.