Herders to hoteliers: China lures millions of tourists to Tibet

By Helen Roxburgh In a room warmed by an open wood stove, Baima says her family converted their white-brick house into a hotel as China’s Communist leadership ushers tens of millions of tourists to the politically sensitive region of Tibet. Surrounded by mist-covered mountains, nearly 500 kilometres (300 miles) from the capital Lhasa and close […]

China’s disenchanted youth ‘lie flat’ to cope with modern life

By Beiyi Seow Ground down by the sapping realities of modern city life, China’s youth are “lying flat”, the latest buzzword for those tapping out of a culture of endless work with little reward. With growing inequality and rising costs of living nudging traditional markers of success out of reach, some young people are choosing […]


Hong Kong’s cultural revolution has arrived at the arts

It was always going to be a matter of time before the new Cultural Revolution surge sweeping through Hong Kong would focus on the arts. This is, after all, intrinsic to the idea of a revolution described as being cultural. What was less expected was that this new attack on Hong Kong’s way of life […]

The X-factor in China’s declaration of victory against poverty

Since December 4 last year, when Xi Jinping declared China’s victory in the fight against poverty during a meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee, this claimed victory has been a centrepiece of the CCP’s propaganda efforts, both domestically and globally. Those efforts have further intensified since February 25, when Xi again spoke of a “complete victory” during […]


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 […]

Interview: The Taiwanese politician on the frontline of democracy, 17 km from mainland China

Wen Lii was approached by Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after it suffered significant losses in the 2018 mid-term elections and began looking for fresh candidates. He was offered the chance to stand in Taipei but turned them down. Instead, the former policy researcher asked to run in Taiwan’s smallest electoral district: the Lienchiang […]

HK 2020 Interview: Ex-governor Patten says widespread British support for new visa rights for Hongkongers

Hong Kong’s last colonial governor Lord Chris Patten says Britain’s move to offer Hongkongers who hold British National (Overseas) passports and close family members a pathway to citizenship has won support “across the board” in the UK, thanks to Chinese leader Xi Jinping and his Communist regime that “made life difficult” in the city. In […]


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