Tag: Xi Jinping

Luxury Homes Tie Chinese Communist Elite to Hong Kong’s Fate

HONG KONG — Li Qianxin, the elder daughter of the Chinese Communist Party’s No. 3 leader, has quietly crafted a life in Hong Kong that traverses the city’s financial elite and the secretive world of Chinese politics. For years, she has mingled with senior executives of state companies through Hong Kong and mainland professional clubs […]

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Jimmy Lai Is Arrested in Hong Kong. Freedom Loses Again.

Early on Monday, the police in Hong Kong arrested Jimmy Lai, founder of the popular tabloid Apple Daily, on charges of collusion with a foreign country, one of the vaguely defined crimes under the anti-sedition law adopted this spring by Beijing. It was the latest and clearest signal that China intends to make full use […]

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Jimmy Lai: Does Hong Kong Have a Fighting Chance Against China?

ImagePresident Xi Jinping of China reaching to vote in favor of new national security laws for Hong Kong during the National People’s Congress in Beijing on Thursday.Credit…Mark Schiefelbein/Associated Press Editors’ Note, Aug. 10, 2020: Jimmy Lai, the founder and majority owner of Next Digital, which publishes the Apple Daily newspaper, was arrested in Hong Kong […]

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We’re All Hong Kongers Now

WASHINGTON —  On Thursday, July 30, I fell asleep watching reruns of “Law and Order.” The next morning, I woke up a fugitive. Chinese state television said that the Hong Kong authorities had issued arrest warrants for six activists who promote democracy for that supposedly semi-autonomous region. I was one of the six. The charges? […]

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Trump Administration Penalizes Chinese Officials for Hong Kong Crackdown

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday imposed sanctions on 11 senior Chinese Communist Party officials and their Hong Kong allies, including chief executive Carrie Lam, over their role in cracking down on political dissent in the southern Chinese territory. These are the first sanctions against officials from China and Hong Kong over suppression of […]

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U.S. Health Secretary to Visit Taiwan, in a Move Likely to Anger Beijing

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The United States’ top health official, Alex M. Azar II, will lead a delegation on a trip to Taiwan, a rare high-level visit by an American official to the island that is likely to anger China and further fray ties between Beijing and Washington. The trip by Mr. Azar, the secretary of […]

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‘Clean Up This Mess’: The Chinese Thinkers Behind Xi’s Hard Line

HONG KONG — When Tian Feilong first arrived in Hong Kong as demands for free elections were on the rise, he said he felt sympathetic toward a society that seemed to reflect the liberal political ideas he had studied as a graduate student in Beijing. Then, as the calls escalated into protests across Hong Kong […]

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China Tries Its Favorite Economic Cure: More Construction

XUZHOU, China — At a cavernous factory in the Chinese city of Xuzhou, 100 new workers have just been hired to produce giant construction cranes. Nearby, at another sprawling factory, employees toil until midnight to assemble drilling and tunneling machines. A few blocks away, their colleagues at a factory that makes dump trucks have received […]

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The Vatican Is Said to Be Hacked From China Before Talks With Beijing

WASHINGTON — Chinese hackers infiltrated the Vatican’s computer networks in the past three months, a private monitoring group has concluded, in an apparent espionage effort before the beginning of sensitive negotiations with Beijing. The attack was detected by Recorded Future, a firm based in Somerville, Mass. The Chinese Communist Party has been waging a broad […]

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As the World Gets Tougher on China, Japan Tries to Thread a Needle

TOKYO — Earlier this year, as it became clear that the coronavirus pandemic was not going to pass quickly, the Japanese government delayed plans for what would be the first state visit by a Chinese leader to Tokyo since 2008. Now, with Chinese military aggression rising in the region and Beijing cracking down on Hong […]

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Officials Push U.S.-China Relations Toward Point of No Return

WASHINGTON — Step by step, blow by blow, the United States and China are dismantling decades of political, economic and social engagement, setting the stage for a new era of confrontation shaped by the views of the most hawkish voices on both sides. With President Trump trailing badly in the polls as the election nears, […]

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The Two China Fires

We’ll probably never know exactly what sorts of documents were incinerated at China’s Consulate in Houston in the days before the United States forced it to close on Friday, after accusing it of being a hub of espionage. We may also never know what caused this month’s catastrophic fire aboard the U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard, a […]

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The World Is Changing. Here’s How the U.S. Can Stay No. 1.

A renowned scholar of American diplomacy once slapped his 4-year-old in a fit. Coolly, she responded, “You shouldn’t do this.” “Why not?” he asked. “You don’t have that many friends.” That’s the best take on President Trump’s foreign policy, especially when it comes to America’s oldest friends. Mr. Trump’s favorite target is Angela Merkel, Germany’s […]

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China’s Communist Party Expels Ren Zhiqiang, Escalating War on Dissent

China’s ruling Communist Party has expelled an outspoken and prominent property tycoon who denounced the country’s authoritarian leader, Xi Jinping, paving the way for his criminal prosecution and escalating its efforts to quash dissent among the elite. The party announced the expulsion of the tycoon, Ren Zhiqiang, late Thursday, and said that it had seized […]

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China Faces Dilemma After U.S. Consulate Closure Escalates Conflict

BEIJING — Two weeks ago, China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, pleaded with the United States to step back from the brink and find ways to work together. Just days later, he complained to his Russian counterpart that the United States had “lost its mind, morals and credibility.” The question now is what China can do […]

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China’s Mars Tianwen-1 Launch Will Answer a ‘Heavenly Question’

Having already joined the upper ranks of spacefaring nations, China is preparing to try its next bold leap: launching an orbiter, a lander and a rover to Mars, perhaps on Thursday. The mission — shadowing NASA’s Perseverance rover and the United Arab Emirates’ Hope orbiter — aims to place China where its Communist leadership has […]

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How the Cold War Between China and U.S. Is Intensifying

Tensions between China and the United States have reached the most acute levels since the countries normalized diplomatic relations more than four decades ago, with the American government’s ordering that China close its Houston consulate being just the latest example. In defense, trade, technology, human rights and other categories, actions and reprisals by one side […]

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China-U. S. Confrontation Intensifies on All Fronts

Tensions between China and the United States have reached the most acute levels since the countries normalized diplomatic relations more than four decades ago, with the American government’s ordering that China close its Houston consulate being just the latest example. In defense, trade, technology, human rights and other categories, actions and reprisals by one side […]

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When China Met Iran

Leaked news this month that China and Iran had come to the verge of signing a 25-year trade and military partnership agreement struck like a geopolitical storm in Washington — a rising rival of America and a longtime foe joining forces to threaten the United States’s predominant position in the Middle East. The agreement ambitiously […]

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With a U.N. Veto, Russia and China Add to Syria’s Misery

Earlier this month in the United Nations Security Council, the world saw a preview of what Russian and Chinese global “leadership” looks like: a world order where the most vulnerable suffer for the political gains of those at the top. Twice, Russia and China vetoed U.N. resolutions which would have ensured that lifesaving humanitarian aid […]

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U.S. Weighs Sweeping Travel Ban on Chinese Communist Party Members

The Trump administration is considering a sweeping ban on travel to the United States by members of the Chinese Communist Party and their families, according to people familiar with the proposal, a move that would almost certainly prompt retaliation against Americans seeking to enter or remain in China and exacerbate tensions between the two nations. […]

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The Chinese Decade

It is quite extraordinary that a pandemic originating in a Chinese province, a disease whose initial cover-up briefly seemed likely to deal a grave blow to the Communist regime, has instead given China a geopolitical opportunity unlike any enjoyed by an American rival since at least the Vietnam War. This opportunity has been a long […]

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The Left’s Deafening Silence on China’s Ethnic Cleansing

China now plays host to the world’s largest forced incarceration of an ethnoreligious minority anywhere since the Second World War. With upwards of nearly two million Uighurs now forced into scattered gulags across the region, their captivity marks the largest imprisonment—based not on crimes, but on ethnicity and religion alone—since the Holocaust. And as The […]

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