By John Chan, 13 May 2013
The suspicious death of a young female migrant worker sparked demonstrations in the Chinese capital.
By John Chan, 10 May 2013
There are growing concerns about China’s slowing economy and the fragility of its financial system.
By John Chan, 9 May 2013
The 2013 annual Pentagon report on the Chinese military depicts China as an aggressor threatening global cyber security and regional stability in Asia-Pacific.
By Julien Kiemle and Marc Wells, 6 May 2013
Governor Brown’s recent trip to China aims at attracting Chinese capital with promises of poverty wages in California.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 4 May 2013
The current border stand-off between India and China reflects the explosive political tensions unleashed by the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia.”
By Deepal Jayasekera, 27 April 2013
India has alleged that a platoon of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) intruded 10 kilometers into Indian territory.
By John Chan, 26 April 2013
The Chinese media has appealed for a joint “war on terror” with the US as means of convincing Obama to ease up on his “pivot to Asia.”
By John Chan, 20 April 2013
Confronted by Obama’s aggressive “pivot to Asia” aimed at encircling China, Beijing has been forced to rethink its military doctrine.
By John Chan, 18 April 2013
Taiwan launched live-fire exercises this week, based on the premise of countering a Chinese attack on islands in the Taiwan Strait.
By John Chan, 15 April 2013
Kerry made clear that the US would continue to deploy advanced weapons in the region, unless Beijing “put some teeth” into forcing North Korea to denuclearise.
By John Chan, 10 April 2013
A debate has opened up in Chinese ruling circles over its longstanding alliance with North Korea.
By Patrick O’Connor, 10 April 2013
Rudd’s international tour reflects concerns in ruling circles about the growing danger of war between China and the US.
By Peter Symonds, 6 April 2013
The committee’s purpose is to refocus all aspects of the Australian state apparatus on China as an integral part of Washington’s confrontational policies toward Beijing.
By John Chan, 4 April 2013
Amid China’s economic slowdown and falling exports, sharpening social tensions have been expressed in several strikes by workers.
By John Chan, 3 April 2013
Each of the three latest disasters occurred in a large enterprise directly owned and operated by the national government.
By John Chan, 28 March 2013
Xi declared that China would treat Africa as an “equal” partner, in contrast to the former colonial powers.
By John Chan, 26 March 2013
Mutual concern over US militarism is driving China and Russia into closer military and economic ties.
By Peter Symonds, 21 March 2013
China has warned that the US boosting of anti-ballistic missile systems in the Asia Pacific will only intensify geo-political antagonisms.
By John Chan, 20 March 2013
Premier Li Keqiang has now joined the new CCP leadership as it prepares to implement a sweeping pro-business agenda.
By John Chan, 18 March 2013
The two top leaders—President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang—set out their economic and foreign policy orientation in broad terms.
By John Chan, 16 March 2013
While seeking to avoid any immediate confrontation with the US, China’s new president has emphasised the need to defend the country’s core interests.
By John Chan, 8 March 2013
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, as he stepped down, warned of an “unbalanced” and “unsustainable” economy.
By Peter Symonds, 27 February 2013
Ex-assistant secretary of state Kurt Campbell described the escalating tensions between China and Japan as the most difficult situation he had faced.
By Sampath Perera, 26 February 2013
Indian opposition to the transfer of the Pakistani port to China points to the explosive geo-political tensions triggered by the US “pivot to Asia.”
By Peter Symonds, 23 February 2013
The demonisation of China as a global cyber threat follows a well-established modus operandi: it is to establish the pretext for new US acts of aggression.
By Barry Grey, 21 February 2013
The anti-China propaganda offensive is part of an aggressive expansion of US military capabilities, both conventional and cyber-based.
By John Roberts, 19 February 2013
Beijing has intervened to shore up its relations with Burma and to prevent the ethnic conflict from spilling into southern China.
By John Chan, 16 February 2013
The surge of debt during 2012 is a sign of financial distress, as local governments struggle with a slowing economy, and borrow to repay existing loans.
By John Chan, 13 February 2013
The move—backed by the Chinese regime and Western corporate giants—is an attempt to avert a social explosion.
By Peter Symonds, 7 February 2013
The latest Japanese claims come on top of months of escalating friction between the two countries following Tokyo’s “nationalisation” of the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.
By Joseph Santolan, 31 January 2013
The case represents a further ratcheting up of tensions between China and other regional claimants to the South China Sea.
By a correspondent from China, 28 January 2013
Chinese TV, newspapers and Internet blogs promote militarism and war.
By Peter Symonds, 22 January 2013
Clinton’s comments were a thinly-disguised warning that the US could intervene if China continued to challenge Japanese control over the contested islands.
By John Chan, 21 January 2013
China’s growth rate slowed to 7.8 percent in 2012, putting pressure on employers to cut costs.
By Peter Symonds, 17 January 2013
With Washington’s encouragement, Japan’s new government is pursuing an aggressive diplomatic and military strategy against China.
By Will Morrow, 14 January 2013
Southern Weekend journalists protested against the re-writing of the paper’s New Year’s Eve editorial by a local propaganda official.
By Joseph Santolan, 12 January 2013
The meeting was calculated to defuse long-standing historical objections to Japanese expansionism throughout the South East Asian region.
By Peter Symonds, 8 January 2013
While the latest incidents have not escalated into a dangerous diplomatic row, each had the potential to do so.
By Will Morrow, 7 January 2013
The main purpose is to stifle online political discussion and the use of social media to organise protests.
By John Chan, 31 December 2012
Economic and political power in China is concentrated in the hands of a tiny super-rich elite associated with the Communist Party.
By John Chan, 29 December 2012
Amid an economic slowdown, a number of strikes and protests have erupted.
By John Chan, 18 December 2012
Xi’s trip to southern China replicated Deng Xiaoping’s 1992 “southern tour,” which accelerated the restoration of capitalism.
By Peter Symonds, 15 December 2012
Both countries have exploited the issue to stir up nationalism to divert attention from a worsening economic and social crisis at home.
By John Chan, 14 December 2012
The push by China and Russia for greater Eurasian economic integration is coming into direct conflict with US interests.
By John Chan, 12 December 2012
The campaign seeks to dampen widespread public hostility to the regime’s endemic corruption and prepare the ground for a pro-market offensive.
By Peter Symonds, 5 December 2012
The Philippines and Vietnam have condemned new Chinese regulations to permit the boarding of foreign ships in what Beijing regards as its territorial waters.
By Oliver Campbell, 28 November 2012
Li Yuanlong’s arrest is a warning that the new Communist Party leadership will be ruthless in suppressing political dissent.
By John Chan, 27 November 2012
On his 1992 tour, Deng made no secret of his embrace of capitalism.
By John Chan, 27 November 2012
The regime is not only fearful that corruption will fuel a working class rebellion, but is exploiting the issue to push through its pro-market agenda.
By John Chan, 26 November 2012
The tour became a key turning point in the process of capitalist restoration in China.
By Oliver Campbell, 24 November 2012
The gulf between circumstances of the children and the lavish surroundings of the recent Communist Party congress highlights the deep social divide in China.
By John Chan, 23 November 2012
International and local business elites are pressing for a new round of economic restructuring in China, especially targeting state enterprises.
By Nick Beams, 23 November 2012
China and India will not be able to provide the basis for a new period of global growth
By John Chan, 21 November 2012
The seven Politburo members represent the new property-owning elite created by the regime’s program of restoring capitalism over the past 30 years.
By John Chan, 19 November 2012
The economy is markedly slowing and the US is waging an offensive to block China’s rise as a potential rival.
By John Chan, 16 November 2012
All factions have agreed that the regime is heading for a confrontation with the working class.
By John Chan, 14 November 2012
The Chinese leadership is gearing up for a new round of privatisation and pro-market restructuring.
By John Chan, 9 November 2012
Despite the show of unity at the CCP congress, deep divisions remain over domestic and foreign policy.
By Joseph Santolan, 9 November 2012
The ASEM gathering was dominated by the worsening economic crisis in Europe and the growing US confrontation with China.
By John Chan, 8 November 2012
The wealth of the top CCP leaders is a carefully guarded secret, because of the mounting popular hostility toward these self-proclaimed “people’s servants.”
By John Chan, 7 November 2012
Despite the eventual agreement to expel Bo Xilai in order to allow the congress to proceed, enormous tensions remain within the leadership.
By John Chan, 5 November 2012
Whoever prevails in the Chinese Communist Party congress, their mandate is to carry out an onslaught on the living standards of the working class.
By John Chan, 2 November 2012
Local residents are deeply concerned that pollution from the Ningbo Chemical Industrial Zone has led to rising rates of cancer and other diseases.
By John Chan, 1 November 2012
Allegations like those that brought down disgraced official Bo Xilai have surfaced against Premier Wen Jiabao.
By Peter Symonds, 24 October 2012
By encouraging Japan to aggressively assert its interests, the Obama administration is responsible for the current tensions with China.
By John Chan, 19 October 2012
The latest growth figures underscore the fact that China is not immune from the breakdown gripping the world economy.
By John Chan, 17 October 2012
The escalating diplomatic row between China and Japan led to a boycott of IMF/World Bank talks in Tokyo by top Chinese financial officials.
By Alex Lantier, 16 October 2012
Washington is deepening its support for Japan in its standoff with China over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.
By John Chan, 10 October 2012
The unbearable conditions at Foxconn parallel those that fuelled the recent strikes by South African miners and Bangladeshi garment workers.
By Nick Beams, 9 October 2012
The annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank which starts in Tokyo today comes amid growing signs of a major economic downturn.
By John Chan, 8 October 2012
Workers making the new iPhone at the Zhengzhou plant have been forced to work over 20 hours of overtime per week and to meet strict quality standards.
By John Chan, 8 October 2012
The conflict between the governments in the world’s second and third largest economies over disputed islands in the East China Sea could compound global economic turmoil.
By Will Morrow, 8 October 2012
In the worst maritime disaster in Hong Kong for 40 years, a ferry boat rapidly sank after colliding with a privately operated vessel.
By Louis Zou, 2 October 2012
Students are increasingly being exploited as a source of cheap labour for major corporations operating in China.
By John Chan, 29 September 2012
While an agreement in the top Chinese leadership has been made about Bo’s fate, none of the bitter inner-party factional differences have been resolved.
By Peter Symonds, 26 September 2012
Despite talks between Chinese and Japanese officials, tensions remain high over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.
By John Chan, 25 September 2012
In a sign of rising social tensions, the Chinese authorities deployed thousands of police to suppress the protest.
By Peter Symonds, 22 September 2012
While appealing for calm between Japan and China, Panetta took further steps to bolster the US-Japan alliance, exacerbating an already tense standoff.
By John Chan, 21 September 2012
Both governments have seized on the dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands to whip up chauvinism to deflect attention from deepening social and economic crises at home.
By John Chan, 19 September 2012
Both the Chinese and Japanese governments have stirred nationalist “public opinion” to such levels that it could drive them into a military confrontation.
By John Chan, 15 September 2012
The disappearance of the president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, from public view points to bitter factional infighting within the Chinese Communist Party regime.
By John Chan, 14 September 2012
The ousting of President Hu Jintao’s right-hand man, Ling Jihua, earlier this month is another indication of sharp factional infighting before the upcoming CCP congress.
By Peter Symonds, 13 September 2012
The dispute has the potential to escalate into a dangerous confrontation between the world’s second and third largest economies.
By Mark Church, 12 September 2012
The Chinese missile tests are a response to the US military build-up in Asia and fears that China’s nuclear arsenal is vulnerable to an American “first strike.”
By Peter Symonds, 11 September 2012
Far from being a voice of moderation, Clinton used her trip to further undermine and isolate China, stoking disputes particularly over the South China Sea.
By Oliver Campbell, 10 September 2012
The impact of the quakes has been magnified by shoddy building standards, poor transport infrastructure, and limited rescue and relief operations.
By John Chan, 8 September 2012
The letter underscores the sharp factional differences within the Chinese Communist Party prior to its upcoming congress.
By Mark Church, 7 September 2012
Two mine explosions have claimed 45 and 15 lives respectively, once more demonstrating the dangerous conditions in Chinese mines.
By Peter Symonds, 6 September 2012
The blunt reactions of Chinese officials and the media point to deepening resentment at the Obama administration’s aggressive intervention into the region.
By Tom Peters, 4 September 2012
Washington is asserting itself throughout the Pacific region and stoking tensions with China.
By Stefan Steinberg, 1 September 2012
At the center of the latest Sino-German talks were appeals from Berlin for financial support by China to prevent a collapse of the euro zone.
By John Chan, 23 August 2012
The sentence was undoubtedly a political decision made at the top level in Beijing, amid sharp factional struggles prior to the upcoming 18th Chinese Communist Party congress.
By Peter Symonds, 21 August 2012
The editorial cynically blames China for the dangerous tensions in the strategic waters that the Obama administration has deliberately stoked in the past two years.
By John Chan, 20 August 2012
Both governments are exploiting the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute to whip up chauvinist sentiment and divert from growing social tensions at home.
By Nick Beams, 16 August 2012
Data showing a marked slowdown in the Chinese economy have a global significance for they make clear that the economic breakdown is deepening and extending to all parts of the world.
By John Chan, 13 August 2012
Chinese leaders are hoping to bury factional differences as President Hu Jintao prepares to hand power to the “fifth generation” leadership.
By Peter Symonds, 13 August 2012
While the CSIS is a non-government body, its assessment was commissioned by the US Defense Department.
By John Chan, 8 August 2012
Beijing will try to stem a six-quarter slowdown in the world’s second largest economy by boosting bank credit and further stimulus measures.
By Peter Symonds, 7 August 2012
The US statement was calculated not to lower, but to raise regional tensions by giving implicit support to China’s neighbours to press their claims to disputed territory.
By John Chan, 2 August 2012
For the second time in a month, a mass protest has forced authorities to stop the construction of a polluting industrial facility.