Politics

China celebrates its 70th anniversary. (iStock)

Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping – Five generations of CPC leaders

On the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China, we present a series of interviews with five ordinary people of China as they reveal their extraordinary lives. As an opener, we begin by taking a look at developments in China under its five leaders.
Professor Wang Gungwu: China’s reforms - whose way is the best?

Highlights from the keynote speech: Prof Wang Gungwu

(Highlights video) Professor Wang Gungwu speaking at ThinkChina’s launch on 24 September 2019.
Protesters in Hong Kong hold up their hands to symbolise their five demands. (AFP)

Housing measures the top priority in resolving HK’s woes

With the ongoing unrest in Hong Kong, what can its government do to soothe the anger?
Professor Wang Gungwu: China’s reforms - whose way is the best?

Wang Gungwu on China’s reforms (Full video and text)

(Full video and text) Professor Wang Gungwu speaking at ThinkChina’s launch on 24 September 2019.
Most of its citizens think that today’s China is a prosperous, harmonious, confident, stable, and responsible power. (iStock)

China’s soft power conundrum: The big divide

While the majority of Mainland Chinese believe that China is a prosperous, harmonious, confident, stable, and responsible power, many outsiders do not. What has China done to boost its soft power and international image? Have these efforts been effective?
China’s rapid rise and sustainable growth have generated enough force to give rise to new national institutions. (iStock)

Dawn of a new history: The search and re-creation of China's political and economic systems

China has established its own economic, social, and political systems. It is writing a new history and setting itself apart from the West.
Will the world be able to understand China better? (iStock)

How not to get lambasted on the world stage: Some advice for China

China has made efforts to be accepted on the international stage. These efforts are not always well-received.
The right-left confrontation in China is growing more polarised. (Image: Jace Yip)

Is China’s public discourse becoming polarised?

The current political spectrum in China, explained in one diagram - scroll down for more.
While Taipan mooncakes (left) have been removed from e-commerce sites and physical stores in mainland China, Maxim’s mooncakes (right) have become especially popular following comments by group chief Annie Wu against the actions of Hong Kong protesters. (Facebook)

Are mooncakes innocent of politics? Apparently not in Hong Kong and mainland China

The recent protests in Hong Kong have gained its share of supporters and detractors, and sentiments have spilled over to impact businesses, for better or worse.