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Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road: a potent symbol of change

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China’s 21st century initiative to revive the ‘silk road’ on land and sea may be the most ambitious development the world has seen At a time when globalisation from the West appears to be in retreat, the Belt and Road Initiative is a potent symbol of the rise of China-based globalisation. The BRI, part of […]

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China’s new celebrity politicians

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China’s politicians are beginning to shed their staid image for the limelight of social media, notes ELAINE JEFFREYS The emergence of commercial entertainment and sports stars as an elite stratum in China is a relatively recent phenomenon. Nonetheless, celebrity has entered the terrain of governance along with the growth of commercial popular culture, the loosening […]

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Xi stakes out the moral high ground

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With his appeals to China’s sense of national greatness, Xi Jinping seems to be following in the footsteps of Mao. KERRY BROWN reports. Meeting Chinese leaders, either at provincial or national level, is always a dramatic occasion for visitors. Governors or Party secretaries of provinces, or members of the Politburo or ministries in Beijing, receive […]