Tag: Xi Jinping

As a Disorienting Decade Closes, a Perilous One Begins

A world without American leadership and in search of a fairer, post-carbon economic model is finely balanced between ascendant authoritarianism and popular protest against injustice and repression. It does not take much to push people over the edge. A subway fare hike in Chile or a proposed tax on WhatsApp calls in Beirut is enough […]

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China Has Lost Taiwan, and It Knows It

“Not a chance,” the president’s tweet said, in Chinese characters. That was the message from Tsai Ing-wen, the leader of Taiwan, on Nov. 5, after the Chinese government announced a string of initiatives to lure Taiwanese companies and residents to the mainland. “Beijing’s new 26 measures are part of a greater effort to force a […]

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China Cracks Down on Fentanyl. But Is It Enough to End the U.S. Epidemic?

When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? In this series, The Times investigates to see if those promises were kept. XINGTAI, China — An online pharmacy advertising itself as a seller of “high purity, real pure” fentanyl still responds right away to potential customers. “Which products […]

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After Electoral Loss in Hong Kong, Beijing Points Finger at U.S.

BEIJING — The Chinese government, still coming to terms with a stunning electoral victory for the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, is directing its ire at a popular foe: the United States. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the American ambassador to Beijing on Monday, a day after the local elections in Hong Kong […]

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Hong Kong Voted. Is Beijing Listening?

If nearly six months of increasingly disruptive and violent demonstrations in Hong Kong haven’t sent the Chinese government a clear enough message about how the city’s residents feel about democracy, Sunday’s landslide victory by pro-democracy forces in elections for district councils should erase any doubts. The councils, which deal with mundane local issues, are not […]

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New Leak Reveals Orders for China’s Internment Camps

HONG KONG — As the government accelerated mass detentions of Muslim minorities in northwest China, a senior official issued a secret directive giving detailed orders for how the rapidly expanding indoctrination camps holding them should be managed. Guards should impose pervasive, round-the-clock video surveillance to prevent escapes. Inmates were to be kept isolated from the […]

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China Didn’t Want Us to Know. Now Its Own Files Are Doing the Talking.

ImageUighur men having tea in Yarkand County in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, China.Credit…Gilles Sabrié for The New York Times No more denying, no more dodging. The Chinese Communist Party can no longer hide its relentless campaign of mass internment against the ethnic minorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, or claim that the effort […]

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Trump ‘Stands With Xi’ (and With Hong Kong’s Protesters)

WASHINGTON — President Trump would not commit Friday to signing legislation overwhelmingly passed by Congress to support pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong in an interview on Fox News. He also claimed that China’s government would have “obliterated” Hong Kong and killed “thousands” of people there were it not for him. And he spoke warmly about […]

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In Warning to Hong Kong’s Courts, China Shows Who Is Boss

BEIJING — After months of relative restraint, China’s Communist government this week took its most decisive steps to intervene in Hong Kong’s political crisis, signaling a more forceful response that could further inflame tensions in the Chinese territory. China’s top legislative body, the National People’s Congress, warned that it would use its authority, if necessary, […]

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Between the Lines of the Xinjiang Papers

ImageUighurs in Kashgar, in northwestern China, after the end of Ramadan in June.Credit…Greg Baker/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The documents recently leaked to The New York Times not only reveal the rationale and implementation of the Chinese Communist Party’s policies in Xinjiang, a nominally autonomous region in northwestern China. They also open a window onto […]

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‘1984’ in China

“Ying shou jin shou” — “Round up everyone who should be rounded up.” The echo of “1984,” “Brave New World” or “Fahrenheit 451” is unmistakable. But this is not dystopian fiction. It’s a real bureaucratic directive prepared by the Chinese leadership, drawing on a series of secret speeches by Xi Jinping, China’s authoritarian leader, on […]

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After Times Report, China Defends Its Crackdown on Muslims

BEIJING — The Chinese government on Monday portrayed the country’s crackdown in the western region of Xinjiang as a great success against terrorism, trying to counter renewed international criticism following a New York Times article detailing the internal deliberations that led to the mass detention of Muslims in re-education camps and prisons. A spokesman for […]

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Hong Kong Protests: How Does This End?

After nearly six months of escalating protests, Hong Kong is a mess, its reputation for efficiency in tatters, its economy in recession, its roads and rails often blocked. And there is no end in sight. That poses a quandary for those who admire and support the protest movement, but who recoil at the notion of […]

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5 Takeaways From the Leaked Files on China’s Mass Detention of Muslims

HONG KONG — Internal Chinese government documents obtained by The New York Times have revealed new details on the origins and execution of China’s mass detention of as many as one million Uighurs, Kazakhs and other predominately Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region. The 403 pages reveal how the demands of top officials, including President Xi […]

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In Struggle Over Parthenon Marbles, Greece Gets Unexpected Ally: Xi Jinping

For almost two centuries, Greece and Britain have tussled over who should possess the Parthenon Marbles, the crowning prize of timeless beauty and ancient civilization taken from Athens and now displayed at the British Museum in London. But Greece had an unexpected ally put its finger on the scale on Tuesday, when President Xi Jinping […]

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Trump Rules Out Complete Rollback of China Tariffs as Talks Continue

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday ruled out rolling back all the tariffs he has imposed on China and indicated that he has not yet decided which levies, if any, he might eliminate as part of an initial trade agreement. The comments came amid conflicting signals this week from the White House and China over […]

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90 Minutes a Day, Until 10 p.m.: China Sets Rules for Young Gamers

BEIJING — No playing video games after 10 p.m. No more than 90 minutes of gaming on weekdays. Want add-ons like virtual weapons and costumes? Keep it to $57 a month. The Chinese government has released new rules aimed at curbing video game addiction among young people, a problem that top officials believe is to […]

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China’s Xi Praises Free Trade. A U.S. Deal Goes Unmentioned.

SHANGHAI — Xi Jinping, China’s top leader, broadly endorsed free trade principles and promised to welcome foreign investment in a speech on Tuesday, but he stopped short of providing specifics or addressing his country’s long-running trade war with the United States. Speaking at the opening of the second annual China International Import Expo in Shanghai, […]

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China’s Xi Endorses Hong Kong’s Embattled Chief Executive

SHANGHAI — President Xi Jinping of China publicly backed the beleaguered leader of Hong Kong on Monday, in his most direct public comments so far on the pro-democracy protests that have shaken the city for months and raised doubts about her political survival. Mr. Xi gave his endorsement while meeting Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie […]

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Professors, Beware. A ‘Student Information Officer’ Might Be Watching.

CHENGDU, China — With a neon-red backpack and white Adidas shoes, he looks like any other undergraduate on the campus of Sichuan University in southwestern China. But Peng Wei, a 21-year-old chemistry major, has a special mission: He is both student and spy. Mr. Peng is one of a growing number of “student information officers” […]

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China Says It Will Roll Out ‘National Security’ Steps for Hong Kong

BEIJING — China will roll out new steps to “safeguard national security” in Hong Kong after months of antigovernment protests that have destabilized the semiautonomous city, the Chinese Communist Party leadership announced on Thursday. The vague yet potentially far-reaching proposal for Hong Kong was announced at the end of a four-day meeting of the party’s […]

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