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Remembering the Cultural Revolution: Mao's Mangoes and Beyond

Jemimah Steinfeld | Posted 05.17.2016 | World
Jemimah Steinfeld

Wei remembers clearly the first time she tried a mango. She was six years old, from Dalian in north-east China, and just as she bit into the fruit her parents told her that it was the deceased leader Chairman Mao.

Chinese Cities Will Not Become Greener Without a Decentralized and Smarter Taxation System

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

In a recent visit to Xuzhou city, Jiangsu Province, a third tier Chinese city with nearly 10 million inhabitants and also a resource-exhausted city, we could not help but think what we would do and what we could achieve when facing the city's environmental and economic challenges.

Shadow Banking in China: A Morphing Target

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

China's shadow banking system thrived in the years after the global financial crisis, until reined in by regulators since 2013. Nevertheless, new forms of shadow banking are emerging.

Rumor, Manipulation and Change: China's Entrepreneurs Correctly Predicted the Great Fall of China

Ryan McMunn | Posted 09.10.2016 | Business
Ryan McMunn

The sooner the Chinese government stops putting GDP growth targets out, and starts getting realistic economic data from the provinces, the better off the Middle Kingdom will be.

Writing a New Chapter of U.S.-China People-to-People Exchanges

Ambassador Zhang Qiyue | Posted 09.08.2016 | World
Ambassador Zhang Qiyue

Ties between the U.S. and China have become the defining bilateral relationship in the 21st century, and getting it right is key to global peace and prosperity.

WATCH: China's Alarming New Military Recruitment Video

J. Michael Cole | Posted 08.17.2016 | World
J. Michael Cole

Bombast and appeals to nationalism make all the sense in the world as part of a campaign to recruit young people. However, the undeniably martial tone of the video, combined with references to blood and genes, will hardly contribute to China's efforts to dispel rising apprehensions about its future intentions.

In China, The Communist Party Rubber Hits The Capitalist Road

Nathan Gardels | Posted 08.05.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

Decades into reform, this is finally where the Communist Party rubber hits the capitalist road and a restless public connected by social networks. The nemesis undoing its capacity to stem volatility and maintain stability through traditional hierarchical control is the democratization of information.

How is Economic Slowdown and Environmental Degradation Democratizing China?

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 08.03.2016 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

While many discuss whether some signs of environmental improvement result from economic slowdown, and less intensive use of natural resources, or from successful pro-green regulations, we argue that a much deeper transformation is happening across China.

As China Awakens, America -- And Pakistan -- Should Take Note

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 07.30.2016 | World
Akbar Ahmed

BEIJING -- "When China wakes, she will shake the world." Napoleon's famous comment on China has had China-watchers scratching their heads for two centuries as to what exactly he meant. The answer may be tied to Xi Jinping's vision of the future of China.

These Are Portraits Of Rights Lawyers Rounded Up In China On 'Black Friday'

China Digital Times | Sophie Beach | Posted 07.13.2015 | World

Free the Rights Defense Lawyers, by Badiucao for CDT Cartoonist Badiucao has drawn portraits of eight of the dozens of human rights lawyers and...

Why Is China's Stock Market Crashing?

The Diplomat | Bo Zhiyue | Posted 07.08.2015 | World

China’s stocks tumbled in recent weeks. Barely three weeks earlier, on June 12 (Friday), Shanghai Composite (SSEC) closed at 5166.35 points, the hig...

Will the 13th Century Pax Mongolica Return With China's New Silk Road?

Robert Skidelsky | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Robert Skidelsky

LONDON -- Eurasia is an idea whose time, it is said, has come around again. Recent historical research has rescued the old Silk Road from historical oblivion. The late American sociologist Janet Abu-Lughod identified eight overlapping "circuits of trade" between northwest Europe and China that, under the aegis of a Pax Mongolica, flourished between the 13th and 14th centuries.

Why China Has to Go Beyond the Existing Global System to Grow

Zhang Jun | Posted 06.09.2016 | World
Zhang Jun

SHANGHAI -- From China's perspective, sustained domestic economic growth seems unlikely within the existing global system -- a challenge that Japan and the other East Asian economies did not encounter during their economic rise. Indeed, the only country that has encountered it is the U.S., when it replaced the U.K. as the world's dominant economic and financial power before World War II; fortunately, that precedent is one of accommodation and a peaceful transition.

Here Is the Way Forward for Troubled China-U.S. Relations

Fu Ying | Posted 06.09.2016 | World
Fu Ying

BEIJING -- I just returned from a trip to the United States during which I met with some U.S. lawmakers and esteemed professors, touched base with seven think tanks and talked to a number of media professionals. It struck me that their views toward China are diversified and their signals mixed. In my view, China watchers in the U.S. can be divided roughly into three schools of thought.

Why China Has the Right to 'Build Sovereignty' in the South China Sea

Shen Dingli | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
Shen Dingli

SHANGHAI -- There are many ways to dispel suspicion and build trust other than by sending a warship or spy plane into the contested space and water in the name of free navigation or innocent passage, either to invite a fiasco or test respective ability to deescalate at the last minute.

The U.S. Should Defend Global Commons, Not Naval Supremacy, in Asia

Yanmei Xie | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
Yanmei Xie

BEIJING -- Washington needs to state and re-state that what it is determined to defend is the global commons, not its naval supremacy in the South China Sea. The former wins high ground in the court of international opinion. The latter may generate headlines for the grandstand wanting to see U.S.-Chinese rivalry, but it will likely result in a limited alliance and set the region down a zero-sum track.

When It Comes to Luxury Brands, Chinese Youth Are 'Not Buying It'

Hannah Lincoln | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
Hannah Lincoln

BEIJING -- Youth crave values, and fancy brand names don't stand for much but exclusivity, elitism, and in the worst case, corruption.

Is China's Choice to Submit to the U.S. or Challenge It?

Fu Ying | Posted 05.26.2016 | World
Fu Ying

Is the prevalent understanding of world order amongst Americans [that of] a world dominated by U.S. rules and power? Is it only centered on American values and interests and supported by U.S. alliances? Does that mean that, from the U.S. perspective, rising powers only have two choices: to submit or to challenge? What would you do if you were in our situation?

Is China Finally Discovering the Limits to Growth?

Chandran Nair | Posted 05.11.2016 | World
Chandran Nair

HONG KONG -- Xi might be the first major world leader to admit that on a finite planet, infinite and unrestrained growth, especially in the world's most populous country, will prove not just unsustainable but downright catastrophic. Could Xi be tapping into a global awakening to the fact that we have been in denial for too long about the unintended consequences of unfettered growth?

Russia Looks To China As Ties With West Fray

Reuters | Vladimir Soldatkin and Timothy Heritage | Posted 05.08.2016 | World

By Vladimir Soldatkin and Timothy Heritage MOSCOW, May 8 (Reuters) - Russia and China signed a $25 billion deal to boost Chinese lendi...

The Uber App In Beijing Has A Communist Flair

Fusion | Kashmir Hill | Posted 05.04.2015 | World

As part of its worldwide domination plan, the car-hailing service Uber launched its smartphone app in Shanghai nearly two years ago. Now it’s operat...

Why Are China's Leftists Embracing Confucius?

Taisu Zhang | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
Taisu Zhang

Since the 1990s, leftists have become considerably more tolerant, even accepting, of "cultural conservatism" than they were for virtually the entire 20th century. The need to accumulate additional ideological resources to combat a perceived "Western liberal" other is a powerful one.

China's New Silk Road Initiative Will Boost the Global Economy

Philipp Mißfelder | Posted 06.20.2015 | World
Philipp Mißfelder

BERLIN -- The New Silk Road Initiative will not only result in an enormous surge in growth for China. With "One Belt, One Road," President Xi Jinping is launching one of the largest development projects in history and offers new perspectives to countries such as Uzbekistan and Tajikistan threatened by terrorism.

China Needs a Strong Leader Like Xi -- but the Rule of Law Like Singapore

Zheng Yongnian | Posted 06.13.2015 | World
Zheng Yongnian

SINGAPORE -- This is a rare window of opportunity for China. If Xi had not launched the anti-corruption campaign now, it would have been impossible to do so in 10 years time. By then the vested interest groups would have become too powerful. If the economic oligarchy becomes a political one, China will become the Russia of yesterday.

Meet the Chinese Lumberjack Who Slept With an Alien

Michael Meyer | Posted 06.06.2015 | World
Michael Meyer

"Once, humans believed that the earth was flat," he said. "Even a decade ago, people would not believe that a cell phone could work. Humans, if we have never seen something with our own eyes, naturally doubt that it exists, or that life could be that way. I was the first to be brave enough to say: 'I saw that.'"