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“I can use violence against you”: Cambodia’s leader warns protesters ahead of Australia visit

“I can use violence against you”: Cambodia’s leader warns protesters ahead of Australia visit

Leaders from Southeast Asia are descending on Sydney for a summit this weekend between Australia and the ASEAN nations. Among them is Cambodia’s Hun Sen,…
China is celebrating a state media reporter who slapped a volunteer at a UK conference

China is celebrating a state media reporter who slapped a volunteer at a UK conference

A Chinese reporter based in the UK who slapped an attendee at the Conservative party’s conference is being hailed as a hero at home. Kong…
A new Chinese game show is promoting the Communist Party’s agenda

A new Chinese game show is promoting the Communist Party’s agenda

There are so many ways for China to learn how great Xi Jinping is. Citizens can sit through this 90-minute documentary dedicated to praising China’s…
What tourist attractions look like with 700 million Chinese on the move

What tourist attractions look like with 700 million Chinese on the move

It’s Golden Week in China—which means hundreds of millions of Chinese are on the move. With seven days off to commemorate the National Day holiday,…
Pence’s aggressive speech just took China-US relations to a whole new level of bad

Pence’s aggressive speech just took China-US relations to a whole new level of bad

Less than a year ago, Donald Trump was banqueting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Beijing and toasting “to a friendship that will only grow…
Twice as many African presidents made it to China’s Africa summit than to the UN general assembly

Twice as many African presidents made it to China’s Africa summit than to the UN general assembly

As the current chairperson of the African Union, Rwandan president Paul Kagame was among the first five leaders to address the just-concluded 73rd session of…
China is investigating the missing head of Interpol for unspecified crimes

China is investigating the missing head of Interpol for unspecified crimes

Interpol president Meng Hongwei has been detained by by Chinese anti-corruption authorities who are investigating him for unspecified crimes. He went missing a week ago…
A knife emoji, then silence: The strange story of how China detained the head of Interpol

A knife emoji, then silence: The strange story of how China detained the head of Interpol

Two years ago, Meng Hongwei became the first Chinese person to head Interpol, the international police cooperation organization based in Lyon, France. Nearly two weeks…
Inside an upscale US mall’s shopping event for rich Chinese students only

Inside an upscale US mall’s shopping event for rich Chinese students only

On a sunny late September day in Boston, I walked into the high-end mall Copley Place and made my way to its center to a…
“Utterly messed up my life”: What Chinese people really think of the trade war

“Utterly messed up my life”: What Chinese people really think of the trade war

China’s ardent determination to win the trade war might not have all the public support it would like. Since the US and China entered a…
China rewrote a law to force Xinjiang Muslims into “psychological correction” camps

China rewrote a law to force Xinjiang Muslims into “psychological correction” camps

Hundreds of thousands of Uyghur Muslims in China’s far west have been forced into propaganda camps for patriotic “re-education,” according to rights groups. Now the…
Marco Rubio wants a Nobel Peace Prize for the most famous Uyghur imprisoned by China

Marco Rubio wants a Nobel Peace Prize for the most famous Uyghur imprisoned by China

Members of the US Congress are stepping up pressure on China over its treatment of its Muslim Uyghur population. Lawmakers of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission…
Invited to speak at a Chinese university? A spy could be trying to recruit you

Invited to speak at a Chinese university? A spy could be trying to recruit you

For the first time (paywall), a Chinese spy has been extradited to the US to face charges. The US Justice Department revealed yesterday (Oct. 10)…
China is playing the long game when it comes to football domination

China is playing the long game when it comes to football domination

China wants to be the world leader of a lot of things: advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, and, yes, football. Of those three, it’s football that…
Chinese investors are using “opaque” deals to control Ghana’s fishing industry

Chinese investors are using “opaque” deals to control Ghana’s fishing industry

Chinese control is widespread in Ghana’s industrial fishing fleets despite national legislation prohibiting foreign ownership, a new study claims. Operating through “front” Ghanaian companies, over…
A new $60 billion agency is the clearest sign the US is worried about China’s Africa influence

A new $60 billion agency is the clearest sign the US is worried about China’s Africa influence

OPIC is dead. Long live OPIC. In the last few years of US president Obama’s administration, there were increasingly loud calls for the government to…
Kenya must face up to rising claims of racial discrimination by Chinese against locals

Kenya must face up to rising claims of racial discrimination by Chinese against locals

The Chinese have established themselves as one of the biggest investors in Africa’s infrastructure projects. In Kenya, one of their flagship projects is the country’s…
The flawed debate around Africa’s China debt and the overlooked agency of African leaders

The flawed debate around Africa’s China debt and the overlooked agency of African leaders

The complex relationship between Africa and China has become even more complicated this year. Initially, 2018 was set to reaffirm the bond through the latest…
China is opening the world’s longest sea bridge

China is opening the world’s longest sea bridge

Fifteen years ago, China started to work on an ambitious project that would eventually become the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge ever built. Now that bridge,…
China’s search for sand is destroying Mozambique’s pristine beaches

China’s search for sand is destroying Mozambique’s pristine beaches

As a commodity, sand has historically been ignored underfoot, but as the world realized that it was not in fact an infinite resource the same…