Governance

The Uranus Building severely tilted after the earthquake on 3 April 2024.

Correspondent in Taiwan: Hualien after the earthquake

Following an earthquake that hit the coast of Hualien in Taiwan, the authorities are moving to rebuild infrastructure and facilities, so that residents can return to their lives as soon as possible. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Woon Wei Jong reports.
Paramilitary police stand guard ahead of the second plenary session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on 7 March 2024. (Jade Gao/AFP)

China’s ‘new quality combat capabilities’ still in exploratory phase

With “new quality combat capabilities” the latest buzzword among the Chinese leadership, the question is what the term or concept actually entails, given that it is currently not well defined, says Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Wong Siew Fong. This means that it is up to local government officials to explore and find their way.
University students attend a job fair in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province on 6 March 2024. (AFP)

Record-breaking number of graduates face bleak job market in China

With another record year for the number of graduates in China, Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Wong Siew Fong notes that the employment situation appears bleaker than ever. Those seeking to join the civil service are facing even tougher competition as government agencies cut down on hiring, while the private sector may not be the most attractive option for them.
Employees work on an assembly line producing wheel loaders at a factory in Qingzhou, Shandong province, China, on 17 January 2024. (AFP)

Will better 'Made in China' products solve China's economic problems?

China looks set to drive its economy by focusing on boosting production, industrial upgrade and promoting “new quality productive forces”. However, there are concerns that a move in this direction could lead to overproduction, impacting global markets. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu looks into the matter.
People walk on a sidewalk in the central business district in Beijing, China on 28 February 2024. (Greg Baker/AFP)

Chinese authorities ramp up meetings with foreign industry giants

Lianhe Zaobao journalist Liu Sha takes a closer look at the Chinese authorities’ frequent meetings with leaders from multinational companies, in particular those from the manufacturing and biopharmaceutical sectors, following the 20th Party Congress. What do these meetings signal, and will they work in terms of stabilising foreign investor confidence?
People walk along a shopping street in Beijing on 28 February 2024. (Wang Zhao/AFP)

Can China achieve its 5% growth target in 2024?

Given the current challenges to China’s economy, such as the soft property market and weak domestic demand, how achievable is China’s growth target of 5% for this year? Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing tells us more.
People ride rickshaws, locally known as "cyclo", along a street near the the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 16 February 2024. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP)

BRI's Funan Techo Canal could steer Cambodia away from Vietnam and towards China

Cambodia’s push to build Techo Canal, a waterway linking the Phnom Penh Autonomous Port to its coastal province Kep, means cargo ships may bypass the Vietnamese port of Cai Mep. Cambodian commentator Sokvy Rim weighs up the impacts of such a prospect.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and Premier Li Qiang arrive for the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on 5 March 2024. (Pedro Pardo/AFP)

China’s political black box has become even more opaque

Commentator Chen Kuohsiang says that China’s politics have become even more opaque and rigid since the announcement that the premier’s press conference will no longer be held at the end of the National People’s Congress. With no room left to express personal will or position, the Chinese premier has been reduced to the general secretary’s political implementer.
A Chinese paramilitary police officer stands guard at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on 3 March 2024, ahead of the country's annual legislative meetings known as the "Two Sessions". (Pedro Pardo/AFP)

What to watch for at China's Two Sessions this year

China’s annual Two Sessions or Lianghui kicks off on 4 March. With issues from GDP growth to unemployment to leadership changes, Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan takes us through the likely highlights of this year’s edition.