Eye on China

By James Skywalker | Curated China News & Selected Stories

China’s transition is complicated - but the dragon has not lost its fire

Predicting China's long-term trajectory is vital not just for the global economy, but for the strategies of many businesses

China has been the engine room of global economic growth over the past decade. So it is right to ask what the Dragon economy’s adjustment to a “new normal” means for the rest …

Asia

Chinese military parade's main message is not peace but power

It was all about peace, Xi Jinping insisted. “We Chinese love peace,” the president said as he stared out over Tiananmen Square and addressed the thousands who had gathered for his gigantic military parade. “No matter how much stronger it may become, China will never seek hegemony or …

Asia

Chinese social media reacts to military parade with patriotism and mockery

China’s military parade commemorating the end of the second world war was, as expected, a highly choreographed piece of stagecraft, with cameras seemingly placed to capture every possible angle.

But as is often the case in China’s somewhat freewheeling social media world, ordinary netizens were …

Asia

China’s Military Parades: A Look Back

Although the military parade in Beijing on Thursday will be the first in China to honor the anniversary of the end of World War II, major military pageants have been staged in the capital before, to celebrate the founding of the People’s Republic on Oct. 1, 1949. The parades were an annual event …

Military

China's Economic Slowdown: We May Have Seen Peak Coal

The coal market has known that China’s economy has been slowing even before the recent bout of stock market turbulence. Every new data set suggests that the economy is weaker, and the transition toward renewable energy is happening faster, than the consensus view has expected.

Coal use in China …

Asia

China has created a monster it can’t control

Beijing is desperate for further growth – but that would involve loosening the power of the state

When in trouble, shoot the messenger. This time-honoured approach to dealing with unwelcome news was much in evidence in China this week when nearly 200 people were rounded up and criminally charged …

Asia

Analysis: China's Military Parade Can't Hide Xi's Battered Credibility

BEIJING — It was officially described as a parade to mark Japan's World War II defeat 70 years ago, but Thursday was more than a naked show of force.

For almost an hour, wave after wave of goose-stepping soldiers, tanks and missiles passed through Tiananmen Square, where President Xi Jinping looked …

Asia

China, Vietnam agree to 'properly handle' disputes

BEIJING (Reuters) - The leaders of China and Vietnam agreed on Thursday to "properly handle" their disputes, China's official Xinhua news agency reported, amid tension over a territorial spat in the South China Sea.

China's increasingly assertive moves to press sovereignty claims in regional waters …

Asia

Beijing Turns Into Ghost Town as It Gears Up for Military Parade

BEIJING — The police and paramilitary units fanned out in streets across central Beijing on Wednesday, shutting down the heart of this world capital in preparation for a parade of some 12,000 Chinese troops called by President Xi Jinping to showcase the nation’s rising might for a global …

Military History

China welcomes an accused war criminal to a parade lambasting Japanese war crimes during WWII

Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir, an accused war criminal, has arrived in Beijing to attend a military parade celebrating the defeat of Japan—a country that China still accuses of not fully owning up to its own war crimes.

The International Criminal Court has accused Bashir of orchestrating …

East Africa

Beijing in lockdown for China's World War II military extravaganza

(CNN) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is determined that Thursday's massive military parade -- the first since he came to power in 2012 -- will proceed without a hitch.

Hundreds of factories have been shut to ensure that when the 12,000 troops, 200 fighter jets and 500 pieces of military hardware …

Asia

The real reason to worry about China isn’t what you might think - The Washington Post

Pay no attention to that Party member behind the curtain. The great and powerful Chinese government has spoken. Stocks are going up, and economic growth isn't going down.

(That should work, right?)

Well, no. Beijing is finding out that gravity applies to financial markets just as much as anything …

Asia

Five Chinese ships seen off Alaska coast, Pentagon says

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Five Chinese naval ships are currently positioned in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska, US officials confirm.

It is believed to be the first time Chinese military vessels have been seen operating in the area.

Officials say they have been monitoring the ships' …

Asia

Sweeping Change in China’s Military: Xi’s PLA Restructuring - China Real Time Report - WSJ

• Commentary

By Andrew S. Erickson

Chinese President Xi Jinping needs some positive achievements, immediately. The year began with his striking consolidation of leadership at home and abroad but has become mired in problems and widely-perceived blundering on economic issues. This only strengthens …

Military

China is rattling nerves as it prepares to strut its military might

Amid florid pomp and extreme security measures, China on Thursday will mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II by staging a massive parade featuring tanks, aircraft and thousands of goose-stepping soldiers.

Chinese leaders say the spectacle is intended to “remember history and uphold …

Asia

China's economy isn't crashing, it's changing

The photo you see below was snapped recently in Beijing. It might not be that special to some readers, but in my 25 years of visiting the Chinese capital, I’ve never seen a blue sky because it’s always been blotted out by yellow smog. Beijing is clearly undergoing a massive transformation right …

Asia

China's craze for fancy chairs is killing the world's forests

CHENGDU, China — While China clamps down on logging within its borders, illegal Chinese loggers are felling the world’s forests with abandon for the …

Asia

Beijing’s World War II Military Parade: What to Expect

This year, China declared a new national holiday, Victory Day, on Sept. 3 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Beijing will stage a huge military parade through the center of the city, where 12,000 Chinese troops, joined by military units from 17 other countries, will march …

Military

Can the Chinese Government Get Its People to Like G.M.O.s?

In China, which has one-fifth of the world’s population but just seven per cent of the world’s arable land, food security is a national obsession. Pesticides and enhanced fertilizers no longer improve crop yields as markedly as they once did, and staple crops, such as rice, may not grow as reliably …

Asia

Another Chinese industrial zone has experienced a major explosion

This is a developing news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

China’s state-run media are reporting a major blast at a chemical industrial zone in the Chinese city of Dongying, in the eastern province of Shandong. No casualties have yet been reported.

A loud blast was …

Asia

China hopes censorship and patriotic netizens will make its WWII parade a global victory

There are plenty of complaints ahead of China’s Sept. 3 WWII victory march plans. International critics are worried the military parade could whip up nationalism in the country, while many Chinese citizens are irritated by tough government controls rolled out ahead of the commemorative events.

How …

Asia

FT column: Militarism risky temptation for Beijing

By Gideon Rachman
The gigantic military parade that will pass through Beijing on Thursday is meant to be all about the past. But, inevitably, many in …

Asia

5 Things to Know About China’s Xi Jinping - WSJ

1 Red Nobility

Mr. Xi’s father was a leading figure in the revolution and served as a vice premier in the Communist government. That background, however, didn’t save Mr. Xi from being rusticated to a rural backwater in the radical Cultural Revolution. Many political insiders say his pedigree, rather …

Asia

Alibaba, JD.com Target Rural China for E-Commerce Growth - China Real Time Report - WSJ

China’s e-commerce titans, facing a slowdown in the growth of their core urban customers, are battling to crack a new frontier: the sprawling countryside. As WSJ’s Gillian Wong and Loretta Chao report:

Each morning at 7:30 a.m., Pang Weidong starts his delivery route at an Alibaba Group Holding …

Asia

Chinese smartphone makers plan world domination

Chinese phones used to be dismissed as cheap iPhone knock-offs, but companies like Huawei and Xiaomi are raising the bar

China has long been the world’s biggest smartphone market, representing over 30pc of the world's sales, but the slowdown in the country’s economy, together with suggestions of …

Asia

CHANOS: 5 things the world needs to understand about China

Jim Chanos, the founder of the short-biased hedge fund Kynikos Associates, has been questioning China's growth numbers since 2010.

Now — with a recent currency devaluation, flailing stock market indexes, debt at 280% of gross domestic product, and manufacturing data flashing 2009 numbers — it looks …

Asia

China "Punishes" Hundreds For "Maliciously" Manipulating The Market

The deadly chemical blast in the Chinese port of Tianjin was a preventable catastrophe in which more than 100 people lost their lives thanks in part …

Asia

Chinese reporter makes on-air 'confession' after market chaos

A journalist from one of China’s leading financial magazines has been paraded on state television to make an on-air “confession” for supposedly triggering stock market chaos with his reporting.

Wang Xiaolu, a business reporter for Caijing, was detained last Tuesday after writing a story that claimed …

Asia

U.S. said to be considering sanctions against China over cyberthefts

Cyberthefts are causing untold damage to U.S. businesses and the Obama administration has had enough. At least, that’s the impression given by a …

Foreign Policy