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US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together after a meeting during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' week in Woodside, California, on 15 November 2023. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP)

Fruitful summit a sign of improving US-China relations?

Both China and the US needed a successful summit to take place for their own domestic reasons, and the San Francisco meeting achieved that, says EAI senior research fellow Lance Gore. However, the real question is whether the US is actually going for a win-win cooperation with China, or a lose-lose situation hoping that China will lose more?
People queue to enter the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, on 19 October 2023. (Edgar Su/Reuters)

China is not ready for a showdown with the US

To build the “community of shared destiny for mankind”, it is necessary to hold hands with liberalism, for it is still the international mainstream. However, finding points of agreement does not entail complete Westernisation, says East Asian Institute senior research fellow Lance Gore. What it means is to do better than the Western countries in actualising a system of human values that is identical or similar. Before China gets the world's approval in soft power, it's not ready for a showdown.
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?
A giant screen displays live news broadcast of an obituary for the late Chinese former Premier Li Keqiang, at a shopping complex in Beijing, China, on 27 October 2023. (Florence Lo/Reuters)

China's stability will not be affected by Li Keqiang's death

Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan analyses the recent passing of former Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, and the comparisons people have drawn to the passing of former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Hu Yaobang.
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.
A soldier stands guard at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on 18 October 2023. (Xiaoyu Yin/Reuters)

China remains without a defence minister: Who can Xi Jinping trust?

In one fell swoop, China has removed two of its five state councilors. While anti-corruption efforts in China have been ongoing for a decade, corruption within the system remains widespread. Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong highlights what to expect for the currently vacant post of defence minister and how anti-corruption efforts will come into play in appointing the next minister.
US President Joe Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 leaders' summit in Bali, Indonesia, 14 November 2022. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

US and China cannot defeat each other: They are their own biggest enemies

Healthy competition between systems to see what works best to improve the lives of the people would be a more productive framework of engagement between China and the US, which each have their flaws, says US academic Zhu Zhiqun. A little cultural humility in the process of self-exploration and self-critique will go a long way.
Visitors gather for the flag raising ceremony at Tiananmen Square to mark National Day in Beijing, China, on 1 October 2023. (Andrea Verdelli/Bloomberg)

How Xi Jinping built a party-centred administrative regime

Among President Xi Jinping’s efforts to ensure the permanence of the Chinese Communist Party’s regime, institutional restructuring has been an area of great focus. After two major rounds of integrated party-state institutional reform, a party-centred administrative regime appears to be emerging to add to the diversity of the regime types of the world.
A shot of the 7.15 million RMB (US$0.98 million) Cowherd and Weaving Maid sculpture in Pingdingshan city, Lushan County, in China's Henan province. (Internet)

Why did China's Cowherd and Weaving Maid statue draw flak?

Vanity projects in China often do not pan out as planned, and the latest project to make the headlines is a sculpture of the Cowherd and Weaving Maid in Lushan county in Henan province, which has been criticised for being expensive and ugly, and possibly a copy of another sculpture. Another factor is possible corruption and personal benefit, which is also difficult to root out.