Tag: Communist Party of China

China Is Leasing an Entire Pacific Island. Its Residents Are Shocked.

SYDNEY, Australia — The island of Tulagi served as a strategic headquarters for Britain and then Japan when each dominated the Pacific. Before World War II, it was the capital of the Solomon Islands. During the war, its natural deepwater harbor across from Guadalcanal made it a military gem fought and died for. Now Tulagi […]

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LeBron James Faces Backlash Unseen Since ‘The Decision’

It has been almost a decade since the last time LeBron James faced widespread backlash. Fans in Cleveland burned his jersey. They threw rocks at a billboard with his face on it. James was maligned as a narcissist by Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, in a letter that was widely mocked. And […]

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American Basketball vs. Chinese Hardball. Guess Who Won.

BEIJING — Back in the Cold War, the sclerotic Soviet system proved no match for the lure of American soft power: bluejeans, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, Coca-Cola, Hollywood. All became symbols of American freedom and prosperity that no amount of communist prohibitions could stop. Today, China poses a far more formidable yet lucrative challenge for […]

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With No End to Unrest in Sight, Hong Kong’s Economic Pain Deepens

HONG KONG — It was the second day of Golden Week, usually one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping periods, and Matthew Tam and his co-workers at a jewelry store were looking as lonely as a band of Maytag repairmen, surrounded by display cases of luxury watches with nary a customer in sight. Sales at the […]

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Why China Went to War With the N.B.A.

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher A seven-word tweet in support of Hong Kong’s antigovernment protests by Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets, triggered a furor in both China and the United States. The ensuing controversy revealed the unspoken rules […]

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Dealing With China Isn’t Worth the Moral Cost

The People’s Republic of China is the largest, most powerful and arguably most brutal totalitarian state in the world. It denies basic human rights to all of its nearly 1.4 billion citizens. There is no freedom of speech, thought, assembly, religion, movement or any semblance of political liberty in China. Under Xi Jinping, “president for […]

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N.B.A. Commissioner Defends Daryl Morey as Chinese Companies Cut Ties

The main state television broadcaster in China announced Tuesday that it would not broadcast two N.B.A. preseason games scheduled for this week in Shanghai and Shenzhen, as the firestorm over a team executive’s Twitter post supportive of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong continued to escalate. In its statement, the broadcaster, China Central Television, chided Adam […]

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The World’s Wokest Sports League Bows to China

The national editor of this newspaper last year asked the commissioner of the N.B.A. at a conference how it felt “to be the wokest professional sports league.” It was a fair description: While Colin Kaepernick has been unable to find a job in the N.F.L. after kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality, […]

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Hong Kong’s Mask Ban Reveals Carrie Lam’s True Face

ImageProtesters defied a new emergency law banning masks at public gatherings in Hong Kong on Saturday.CreditFazry Ismail/EPA, via Shutterstock HONG KONG — This city has long prided herself on respecting the rule of law — the ultimate guarantee of Hong Kongers’ freedoms, human rights and way of life. It is one of the attributes that […]

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China Masters Political Propaganda for the Instagram Age

Lu Yingxin has been singing “My People, My Country” for the past week. An earnest propaganda anthem from 1985, the song typically wouldn’t stand a chance against Taylor Swift, K-pop and other modern tunes the 18-year-old college student and her friends like to listen to. Then, on Sunday, Ms. Lu and her roommates saw a […]

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Hong Kong Takes Symbolic Stand Against China’s High-Tech Controls

HONG KONG — There’s no sign to mark it. But when travelers from Hong Kong cross into Shenzhen in mainland China, they reach a digital cutoff point. On the Hong Kong side, the internet is open and unfettered. On the China side, connections wither behind filters and censors that block foreign websites and scrub social […]

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China, Where State Pomp Comes With Real Feeling

ImageAt the 70th anniversary celebration of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, on Tuesday.CreditMark Schiefelbein/Associated Press BEIJING — Attending China’s National Day celebrations over the years has been a bit like listening to different takes of a song, with the composer honing the themes and jettisoning the raw […]

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China’s Global Message: We Are Tough but Not Threatening

BEIJING — As President Xi Jinping of China watched from a rostrum above the iconic portrait of Mao, the weapons came one after the other down the Avenue of Eternal Peace. Intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of delivering multiple nuclear warheads. Drones built for precision strikes. Tanks and armored personnel carriers bearing soldiers in green uniforms. […]

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Pageantry in Beijing. Firebombs in Hong Kong.

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher As China celebrated 70 years of Communist Party rule, scenes of pageantry, pride and unity in Beijing contrasted with the firebombs, rubber bullets and mass protests in Hong Kong. We look at what this day of […]

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Cheers in Beijing Can’t Drown Out the Protesters in Hong Kong

It was hard to imagine a greater contrast. While China’s rulers were celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic with an enormous parade of missiles and technological achievements meant to intimidate and impress, Hong Kong witnessed some of the most violent protests in four months of demonstrations against Beijing’s encroachment on […]

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Protests Erupt Across Hong Kong, Overshadowing Xi’s Big Parade

BEIJING — China’s authoritarian president used the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule on Tuesday to pledge that nothing would stop his nation’s ascent. But the message was marred by some of the worst anti-government violence to convulse Hong Kong, including the first police shooting of a protester. Anticipation of a confrontation in Hong Kong […]

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In Pictures: China’s National Day Parade Features Pomp and Artillery

China kicked off an enormous military parade in Beijing on Tuesday to commemorate 70 years of Communist Party rule and celebrate the country’s emergence as a global power. The parade — which included 100,000 performers, 15,000 goose-stepping soldiers and an array of heavy-duty weaponry — began in Tiananmen Square and was among the largest in […]

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What Xi Jinping Hasn’t Learned From China’s Emperors

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.) on Oct. 1, the party-state has much to celebrate: an unprecedented record of economic development, world-class education and technological innovation, an increasingly prominent position on the world stage. But even as the authorities go to extreme lengths to assure a triumphant […]

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China National Day Live Updates: A Parade and Protest Fears

Here’s what you need to know: ImageChinese visitors looked down the street toward Tiananmen Square in Beijing during the daily flag raising ceremony after the area was closed to the public for official events on Monday.CreditKevin Frayer/Getty Images China is split between parades and protests. More than 100,000 soldiers and performers will parade through the […]

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China’s 70th Anniversary: Parades and Protests

President Xi Jinping will preside on Tuesday over a large military parade and pageant involving 100,000 performers as China commemorates the 70th anniversary of Communist rule and its rapid emergence as a global power. National Day is an important holiday in China’s political calendar and the authorities in Beijing have left little to chance: For […]

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