China-Policies & politics

The latest news on China politics, including domestic and foreign policy.
  1. This is the final story in a three-part series examining China’s plan to transform Hainan into an internationally influential ‘free-trade port’, as Beijing faces what it perceives to be an increasingly hostile international environment. You can read the first and second stories in the series here.From beautiful legs to beating hearts, China plans to tap its vast market for health tourism by transforming tropical Hainan into a destination for cutting-edge medical treatment.As part of its…
  2. Chinese exports will continue to face downside pressures due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the global economy, but the stronger-than-expected trade performance in June provides hope for a further improvement in the second half of the year, analysts said on Tuesday.Chinese exports returned to growth last month, with a rise of 0.5 per cent from a year ago, beating the 2.0 per cent decline expected by the market and improving sharply from the 3.3 per cent slump in May, according to…
  3. Beijing will impose sanctions on Lockheed Martin after the US approved a deal that would allow Taiwan to upgrade its Patriot missile defences.“The Chinese side has decided to take the necessary measure by imposing sanctions on Lockheed Martin Corporation, which is the chief contractor in the arms deal,” foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a news conference in Beijing on Tuesday.Last week the State Department approved a US$620 million package for the self-ruled island to extend the…
  4. Xu Zhangrun, the outspoken critic of China’s leadership, has been sacked by Tsinghua University, where he taught for 20 years, after being released from police custody on Sunday morning, sources told the South China Morning Post.“His dismissal from all positions is pretty much a certainty, and I learned it Monday night. It’s possible that this decision was made earlier than Monday. We just don’t know what the reasoning is yet, and if the decision complies with the regulations. Too soon. I don’t…
  5. Taiwan’s main opposition party fought with ruling party lawmakers to storm the parliament building and occupy the legislative chamber in protest against the nomination of a close aide to the president to a top-level watchdog.Lawmakers from both parties fought outside the building before a group of Kuomintang (KMT) legislators got into parliament’s main chamber, occupying the central podium seeking to prevent a confirmation hearing for former Kaohsiung mayor Chen Chu to head the Control Yuan, an…
  6. The 3 million Hongkongers who have been offered a path to British citizenship following implementation of the city’s controversial national security law could put pressure on certain cities, leading to a public backlash, according to think tanks in Britain.Although the number of Hong Kong residents likely to take up the offer is unknown, migration observers said a sharp and uneven influx of immigrants would translate into pressures on jobs, education, health care and housing systems.There are…
  7. As the relationship between Canberra and Beijing sours, distrust of China and concerns about drought and water shortages have fuelled talk that China is buying up Australia’s water sources with malicious intent.Water first became a tradeable commodity in some parts of Australia in the 1980s, but over the years the market has grown into an industry worth A$3 billion (US$2.08 billion) a year – the largest of its kind in the world.In Australia, Earth’s driest inhabited continent, landowning…
  8. A World Health Organisation advance team is in the Chinese capital this weekend but few other details have been released about a mission that could lay the groundwork for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.The WHO said last week that two experts – an animal health specialist and an epidemiologist – would start work on Saturday but by Sunday evening there was still no word on the name of the specialists, the schedule of the trip, and their agenda.Chinese authorities…
  9. This is the first story in a three-part series examining China’s plan to transform Hainan into an internationally influential ‘free-trade port’, as Beijing faces what it perceives to be an increasingly hostile international environment. You can read the second part in the series here.Political banners hanging from walls and fences across China’s Hainan province are a reminder that President Xi Jinping is going all out to turn the tropical island into the world’s largest free-trade port.Barely a…
  10. Xu Zhangrun, the outspoken critic of China’s leadership who was taken into police custody last week, returned to his Beijing home on Sunday morning, sources told the South China Morning Post.“As I learned, Xu returned home about 7.30am and was taking a shower and resting,” Wang Bin, a writer and close friend said of the Tsinghua University professor.“He’s well. I think he will tell the details later himself.”The Post was unable to reach Xu for comment. A police officer at Beijing’s Changping…