South China

Children of the Chinese Dream

As Xi Jinping begins his second term as CCP general secretary and president of the PRC, Reuters’ John Ruwitch and Anita Li profile 10 members of the generational cohort that entered the workforce as Xi’s tenure began 5 years ago—from whose contemporaries a future generation of Party le...

How Tech Firms Partner with Beijing to Punish and Reward Citizens

China’s top tech companies have often expressed willingness to share users’ personal data with the state as part of a tacit bargain that allows them to expand with minimal regulatory interference. Several revelations this year have made it increasingly clear how networks of surveillance,...

China’s Communist Party Congress and Xi’s Next Five Years

On October 18th, China’s ruling Communist Party will begin its 19th Party Congress—a five-yearly high-level meeting of senior party officials that will determine the future makeup of the Chinese leadership. The list of likely candidates for promotion to the Party’s top echelon include...

Benedict Rogers: World Must “Wake Up” on Beijing’s Threat to HK

Conservative UK human rights activist Benedict Rogers, who worked as a journalist for five years in Hong Kong just after the 1997 handover, has recently been a regular media commentator on the erosion of political freedoms in Hong Kong, a vocal critic of Chinese encroachment on sovereignty in the ...

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...