China retaliates to Pelosi’s Taiwan visit

China retaliates to Pelosi’s Taiwan visit

From the moment it became know that the US House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, was planning to visit Taiwan during a tour of Asia, the Chinese leadership made it very clear she should not ‘interfere’ and that Beijing would retaliate. These statements from senior Chinese officials meant that as soon as Pelosi landed in Taiwan, Beijing had to retaliate and back up their threats with action. […]

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China wary of Russia’s war in Ukraine

China wary of Russia’s war in Ukraine

As Putin ordered Russian troops to invade Ukraine, international responses were as predictable as ever. Europe and America condemned the Russian aggression, countries which rely on Russia for trade and military hardware – such as Pakistan and India – refused to criticize Moscow, and Russia’s neighbours Armenia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijani remained quiet despite the war on their doorsteps. China’s response to Russia’s invasion in Ukraine […]

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Will China Open for the Year of the Tiger?

Will China Open for the Year of the Tiger?

It’s been two years since the Covid-19 virus was first detected in the city of Wuhan, eastern China. Since then, the virus has mutated and spread to over 200 countries. Strict lockdowns were introduced in most countries to slow the spread of the virus and many of these countries are now relaxing restrictions as normality slowly returns. Few countries have tackled the virus with such […]

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James Bond Spoofs and Chinese Spies

James Bond Spoofs and Chinese Spies

British and Chinese security agencies have long been suspicious of one and other. They regularly accuse each other of undermining national security and interfering in domestic governance. China’s latest barb is among the country’s most novel – a video spoof mocking MI5, British intelligence and spies like ‘James Pond’. The James Bond spoof was broadcast on China’s Xin Hua News Agency, and can also be […]

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Is Cantonese a language or a dialect?

Is Cantonese a language or a dialect?

‘Is Cantonese a language or a dialect?’ If you ask, ‘Is Cantonese a language or a dialect?’ to a group of people in China, you are guaranteed to get a variety of responses and often a heated debate. Some will argue that Mandarin is the official language of China and Cantonese is a regional dialect while others will insist that Cantonese is a language in its […]

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Chinese tennis star disappears after accusing former vice premier of sexual assault

Chinese tennis star disappears after accusing former vice premier of sexual assault

One of China’s biggest sporting stars, Peng Shuai, has disappeared after making sexual assault allegations against the country’s former vice premier

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A Fear of Pop Culture?

A Fear of Pop Culture?

In recent months Beijing has been taking a strong stance against popular culture, cracking down on talent shows, regulating fan groups, limiting access to computer games and detaining some of the country’s most popular celebrities. The reasoning behind these measures are not entirely clear, but Beijing’s actions suggest China’s leaders are worried about the growing influence of pop culture. Television Shows Controlling television and radio […]

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The Secrets of Chinese Mathematics

The Secrets of Chinese Mathematics

Across Europe and North America there is a commonly held belief that people from China are inherently good at Mathematics. This stereotype has been reinforced in popular culture, with the geeky Chinese student a regular fixture in memes, cartoons and high school movies.  These stereotypes are supported by some factual data, such as the international recognised ‘Programme for International Student Assessment’, PISA Mathematics rankings. Over […]

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After summer success, China readies for Winter Olympics

After summer success, China readies for Winter Olympics

The year 2021 was never meant to be on the olympic calendar, but the Covid-19 pandemic created a one year postponement to the olympics for the first time in the modern era. As such, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the 2020 Paralympics were truly unique olympic events. With these sporting spectacles successfully completed, attention now turns to Japan’s neighbour. China had great success at this […]

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China’s Euro 2020 Fanatic Football Fans

China’s Euro 2020 Fanatic Football Fans

The Euro 2020 football championship reaches its zenith this weekend with the final between England and Italy. After a one year delay to this competition, fans around the world have jubilantly celebrated the return of international football played in front of thousands of spectators. China’s football fans have been particularly excited to celebrate the Euro Football Championship and analyst expect over 50 million Chinese fans […]

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