A large screen shows news coverage of Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) meeting former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou in Beijing on 10 April 2024. (Greg Baker/AFP)

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.
Anti-landing barricades are seen on the beach with China's Xiamen in the background in Kinmen, Taiwan, on 18 December 2023. (Ann Wang/Reuters)

From Kinmen to the South China Sea: Weaponising narratives

In cases like the Kinmen capsizing incident and in its dealings with the Philippines, China uses its own interpretation of history and international law to launch a narrative where it is the aggrieved party, says Philippine academic Charmaine Misalucha-Willoughby. She cautions that crafting a narrative requires anchoring it in strategy instead of being knee-jerk reactions that can lead nations down paths best avoided.
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.
A fisherman looks out at hundreds of fishing boats moored at the dock in Little Kinmen, on 26 February 2024. (SPH Media)

Capsizing incident highlights fierce competition between Kinmen and Xiamen fishermen

The waters around Kinmen have long been coveted by fishermen from both sides of the Taiwan Strait for the priceless yellow croakers. However, the recent capsizing of a mainland Chinese fishing boat has sparked a fresh round of tension, with the mainland public dissatisfied with the Taiwan authorities’ fishing restrictions against mainland fishermen. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Woon Wei Jong speaks with the local fishermen in Kinmen to find out more.
Taiwan's President-elect William Lai Ching-te during a campaign event in Taipei, Taiwan, on 11 January 2024. (Chan Long Hei/Bloomberg)

Beijing’s dilemma: What to do with President-elect William Lai

Now that the Democratic Progressive Party's William Lai has been elected as Taiwan's next president, cross-strait relationship has entered a period of uncertainty, says US academic Zhu Zhiqun. Beijing is stuck in a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation with regard to how it could handle its future relationship with Lai. The US elections in November will also have a key bearing on US-China relations and the prospects for stability across the Taiwan Strait.
Apartment blocks are pictured in Beijing, China, on 16 December 2017. (Jason Lee/Reuters)

Real estate sector in China’s first-tier cities still in a slump

The real estate sector in China’s first-tier cities such as Beijing and Shanghai has recorded declining performance since the pandemic, with a full rebound still nowhere to be seen. Given the usual lag in the effectiveness of policies after implementation, will the real estate market see a silver lining ahead? Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing tells us more.
Children and their parents wait at an outpatient area at a children's hospital in Beijing, China, on 23 November 2023. (Jade Gao/AFP)

Packed children’s hospitals in Beijing reflects China's social conditions

Academic Zhang Tiankan notes that crowded children’s hospitals in Beijing actually reflect social conditions, such as mindsets towards hospital treatment being the best and also the stressful education system, as children do their homework even while hooked up to IV drips. In many cases, rushing to the hospital as an immediate response could do more harm than good and be a great drain on public resources.
People dine near a screen broadcasting obituary of China's former Premier Li Keqiang during the evening news, following his death, at a restaurant in Beijing, China, on 27 October 2023. (Tingshu Wang/Reuters)

China’s reform and opening up in dire straits after passing of Li Keqiang?

Later generations of Chinese may take reform and opening up for granted, but this key national policy and strategy was in fact hard fought by an earlier generation of leaders such as the late former Premier Li Keqiang. With great outpourings of grief seen after Li's demise, are the Chinese people learning something about cherishing something only after it's gone?
China's Premier Li Keqiang waves as he arrives for a news conference after the closing ceremony of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on 15 March 2017. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

Netizens and scholars react to Li Keqiang's sudden death

The sudden death of former Chinese Premier Li Keqiang from a heart attack at the age of 68 has prompted an outpouring of shock, as well as tributes in the form of videos about his life and work, as well as quotes. Lianhe Zaobao journalists Chen Jing and Miao Zong-Han look back on Li's career and give a sense of the reactions to his passing.