Deteriorating legal order: US-China rivalry and the challenge to WTO rules

Academic Wang Jiangyu opines that the World Trade Organization (WTO)’s power has been declining, given that its appellate body’s ability to hear the disputes brought forward by member states has been at a standstill since 2019. So what does it mean for China to initiate dispute settlement proceedings against the US through the WTO?

China’s EV market: Rapid development amid slowing sales

Chinese automakers have made improvements in production and quality of electric vehicles (EVs), leading to a growing number of people who are purchasing EVs. However, convincing people to make the switch is not easy, as sceptics still have reasons for holding on to their fuel vehicles.
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Ma Ying-jeou built a bridge, would William Lai cross it?

US academic Zhu Zhiqun opines that although Ma Ying-jeou built a bridge for future cross-strait dialogue and exchange through his recent visit to mainland China, how cross-strait relations will develop in the next few years largely hinges on Taiwan's president-elect William Lai’s decision.

The legal and ethical considerations of 'resurrecting' the dead with AI

Recent AI-generated videos of deceased celebrities have sparked heated debate on whether it is ethical or legal to use the likeness of famed personalities in such videos. Lianhe Zaobao’s China Desk looks into the recent trend of “resurrecting” the dead and the implications.

Xi Jinping's conundrum fixing the Chinese economy

Japanese academic Toshiya Tsugami notes that even as China's economy is facing a difficult time, the Chinese government's efforts to prevent the bubble from bursting might in fact be having the opposite effect in the long run, and the more important thing is to fix structural problems.
 
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How to understand Iran’s attack on Israel?

Although its consulate was attacked, military retaliation was not Iran's first choice against its enemy, opines Chinese academic Fan Hongda. In the absence of a peaceful resolution to the dispute, it has no choice but to retaliate militarily against Israel. In this way, Iran launched an attack on Israel on 14 April.

Rising cryptocurrency appeal in China despite ban and escalating restrictions

In times of economic uncertainty, the allure of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is stronger, despite China’s ban on cryptocurrency trading and mining since 2021. In some cases, it might even be a means for wealth transfer. NUS academic Ben Charoenwong discusses the issue.

How billions in Bitcoin laundered from China ended up in British hands

A high roller from the UK has been found to have participated in what the British Metropolitan police described as the largest Bitcoin money laundering case in UK history, resulting in the seizure of 61,000 bitcoins, now worth approximately 31 billion RMB.

Xi-Ma meeting: Can Chinese ethnic sentiments bridge the gap between Taiwan and the mainland?

As an advocate of the 1992 Consensus, former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has always been in support of “one China, different interpretations”. However, during his recent trip to mainland China, he continually emphasised the common Chinese ethnicity, perhaps to rouse China’s sentiments.

Jack Ma's reappearance energises Chinese internet and investors: Will Alibaba rise again?

Jack Ma recently sent out an internal memo, affirming Alibaba’s reforms and organisational restructuring, stating that the company has returned to a healthy growth track. Meanwhile, reports suggest that Ma, having returned from obscurity, is once again deeply involved in strategic decisions. Will this be Alibaba’s foray back to the top? Lianhe Zaobao’s China Desk tells us more.

[Video] China's brewing coffee culture

From diverse specialty blends to a new university programme in Coffee Science and burgeoning cafe scenes across the country, coffee has evolved from an exotic import to an integral part of China's food and beverage culture. With a penchant for ambience and novelty, coffee aficionados in China are reshaping the nation's coffee scene.

[Photo story] How earthquakes have shaped Taiwan's collective psyche

The earthquake that hit Hualien in Taiwan on 3 April 2024 is just the latest in a long list of earthquakes in Taiwan’s history, for example the 921 earthquake of 1999 and the earthquake of 1935 that hit Taichung. How have these earthquakes affected the people of Taiwan and shaped their psyche through the ages? Historical photo collector Hsu Chung-mao provides some insight.

China-US competition: Managing bottom lines for a win-win situation

Academic Fei-Ling Wang says that the competition between China and the US could become a non-zero-sum game that is mutually beneficial to the two sides and even to the world. This would depend on how the countries uphold their worldview, outlook on life and values and are able to "live and let live".

Would Marcos’s dialogue promises bring peace and stability to the South China Sea?

The joint military exercises that the Philippines has conducted with the US and its allies have not only failed to decrease China’s “offensives” but also incited its “aggressiveness”, says Chinese academic Peng Nian.

From Pakistan to Afghanistan, China grappling with rising terrorist threats

Academic Alessandro Arduino observes that the spike in violence along the route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project is reviving concerns about the "three evils" — terrorism, separatism and extremism — which China, Russia and the Central Asian republics have feared since the inception of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

Apple's bid to pull off a rebound in the Chinese market

Chinese consumer interest in Apple iPhones is waning as competitors eat away at its market share. Analysts also believe that the lack of innovation in the new releases has led to declining sales. Meanwhile, Chinese manufacturers remain an important part of the production of Apple products, with no viable replacement in sight. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Daryl Lim speaks with experts and academics to find out more about Apple’s place in China.
 
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