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China’s Xi Jinping meets IOC chief Bach ahead of Winter Olympics

by Jing Xuan Teng China’s President Xi Jinping had a rare pandemic-era encounter with a foreign visitor Tuesday when he met with Olympic chief Thomas Bach as the country readies to host the Winter Games. The meeting is expected to be the first of several for the Chinese president — who has not left the…

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Taiwan is on the frontline of confrontation with China, but will Beijing ever wage war?

China’s dramatic rise over the last several decades has ramifications for the world in almost every conceivable area, from economic globalisation and climate change to human rights, democracy and national security. Few places are more susceptible to China’s newfound power and associated ambitions than Taiwan, the democratically ruled society that Beijing considers to be a…

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Interview: Veteran journalist Stephen Vines on Hong Kong’s struggle for democracy against the world’s largest dictatorship

Hong Kong’s reputation as an international city with guaranteed liberties and freedoms is crumbling nine months after Beijing imposed a national security law on the region in response to the pro-democracy protests that rocked the city in late 2019. In his latest book Defying the Dragon: Hong Kong and the World’s Largest Dictatorship, veteran journalist…

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