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Party Looks Set to Enshrine “Xi Jinping Thought” into Charter

Xi Jinping has now been in charge of the Party and state for five years. While Xi’s presumed accumulation of personal power has been oft-noted throughout his first term, no clear “banner term” representing his ideological and political legacy had yet emerged as he approached his se...

Chinese Foreign Aid “Clearly About China’s Self-interest”

While China’s increasing foreign investments in nations in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East has been well documented over the past 15 years, Beijing’s foreign assistance spending is officially classified as a state secret. A report and dataset published today by the AidData Res...

Oil rises to US$56 on Saudi export cut

LONDON: Oil rose to around US$56 a barrel on Tuesday, supported by Saudi Arabian export cuts in November and comments from OPEC and trading companies that the market is rebalancing after years of oversupply. Saudi Arabia has cut November allocations by 560,000 barrels per day (bpd), in line with .....

Stability Maintenance and Leadership Speculation Ahead of Congress

With traditional and online media controls on overdrive and state media issuing a “whirlwind” of praise for President Xi Jinping ahead of the upcoming 19th Party Congress in Beijing, CNBC’s Hailing Tan takes a look at the widespread “lock-down” measures that authoritie...