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A Guide to Contemporary China

‘Reforming’ Hong Kong China’s lawmakers want Hong Kong’s electoral system ‘reformed’, a move overwhelmingly endorsed at the fourth session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC). The Election Committee of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will undergo changes in shape, size and composition, with a new committee set up to vet qualifications of election […]Read More

Guide To Life In Contemporary China

Xi’s ‘Complete Victory’ Against Poverty Chinese state media outlets are extremely impressed by President Xi Jinping’s declaration that he has lifted his countrymen out of absolute poverty. What this means, according to the government, is that 100 million rural people in 832 impoverished counties have running water and some level of income. This ensures a […]Read More

A Guide to Contemporary China

Laughter: Officially Sanctioned By The Government Laughter is the best medicine especially when it is sanctioned by the government! CCTV (China Central Television) has grabbed eyeballs with its new show ‘Gold Medal Comedy Class.’ Ever since its first performance telecast late last month, the show has been trending on Weibo with 600 million views. The […]Read More

‘Xi Holds The Whip Hand But It Doesn’t Help China’

NEW DELHI: China under Xi Jinping appears to be turning the clock back, to the time when state surveillance and control over their citizens’ lives was pervasive. In an exclusive chat with StratNews Global on his book India’s China Challenge, author and journalist Ananth Krishnan believes that Xi has absorbed some harsh lessons from the […]Read More