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(Don’t) fight the power

Amy Hawkins surveys the cultural landscape in the world’s second-largest economy.

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NI 522 - China in charge - November, 2019
(Previous page) A guard at the Mombasa terminus of the Chinese-financed SGR railway. Saturday is one of the busiest times on the line, as Kenyans travel from Nairobi to the coast to visit family.Photo: Luis Tato/Bloomberg/Getty

The Beijing connection

China is Africa’s largest trading partner and has become deeply involved with the continent’s politics in recent years. This has not been without its controversies. Christine Mungai reflects on the past, present and future of the relationship between these two powerhouses.

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NI 522 - China in charge - November, 2019
Uyghur men in Xinjiang pray during the Corban festival (Eid) in 2016. Public displays of religiosity are now considered signs of extremism.Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty

Living in a ghost world

Since 2016, at least a million people have been sent to re-education camps as part of the Chinese government’s persecution of the Uyghur people. Yohann Koshy speaks to anthropologist Darren Byler to find out what is going on in China’s northwest province.

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NI 522 - China in charge - November, 2019
A fisher catches crayfish near a canopy of solar panels in Yangzhou. China has quickly become the world’s poster-child for renewables.Photo: Meng Delong/Getty

How green is china?

Ma Tianjie examines the limits of China’s ‘ecological nationalism’.

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NI 522 - China in charge - November, 2019
China - The Facts

China - The Facts

Where’s the money going?; More money, more problems; Climate breakdown; In focus.

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NI 522 - China in charge - November, 2019
Since the 2008 economic crisis, China has invested heavily in infrastructure. The largest radio telescope in the world, for observing outer space, was completed in 2016 in southwest China.Photo: Liu Xu/Xinhua/Alamy

China in charge

From a poor agricultural nation to the second-largest economy in the world: the rapid rise of China is one of the most remarkable facts of this era, as Yohann Koshy finds out. But how did it happen? And what comes next?

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NI 522 - China in charge - November, 2019
Chinese People’s Republic soldiers patrol the Paracel Islands, also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. The US asserts its military dominance via naval patrols and bases in the region.Photo: Stringer/Reuters

Who is militarizing the South China Sea?

This area is a simmering cauldron for conflict between China and its neighbours – and the US. Mark J Valencia makes sense of the situation.

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NI 521 - Who owns the sea? - September, 2019
There are 15,000 African traders, students and workers living in Guangzhou, China.Photo: Joerg Boethling / Alamy

China: The Chinese dream

Carlotta Dotto reports on the trials and tribulations of Asia's largest African migrant population.

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NI 517 - Trade in Turmoil - January, 2019
Illustration: Steve Munday

Open China?

China is making promises, but keeping them may be hard...

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NI 517 - Trade in Turmoil - January, 2019
Illustration: Steve Munday

A rustbelt romance

Enter the ‘new protectionism’ – and Trump’s trade wars.

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NI 517 - Trade in Turmoil - January, 2019
The face of plastic recycling that China wants to change. A worker sorts plastic in Dong Xiao Kou, a 'scrap village' on the outskirts of Beijing where poor migrant families survive from recycling rubbish.Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty

No more of your junk

Last year, China announced a ban on imports of ‘foreign garbage’. The result? Western stockpiles of used paper and plastic have reached crisis proportions. Adam Liebman on why we need a less rosy notion of what actually happens to our recycling.

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NI 516 - The dirt on waste - November, 2018
Workers labouring on a suspension bridge across the Yangtze River in May 2018.Photo: AFP/Getty Images

China: a post-neoliberal order?

If the global financial crisis symbolized the decline of the West, it also signalled that the future belongs to China – a superpower that ‘understands’ the developing world better than the US, IMF or World Bank, according to Martin Jacques.

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NI 514 - The next financial crisis - July, 2018
A freight train that originated in Duisburg, Germany arrives in Dazhou, China.Photo: China Stringer Network

One belt, one road

China’s dazzlingly ambitious international investment programme – the Belt and Road Initiative – is well under way, with designs to bring infrastructure to half the planet. Wayne Ellwood on the scale of this juggernaut and its economic and political ramifications.

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NI 513 - A better media is possible - June, 2018
Pollution struggle

Pollution struggle

Residents from a coastal village in the Gambia are suing a Chinese-owned fishmeal plant accused of pollution, writes Nosmot Gbadamosi.

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NI 512 - Public ownership rises again - May, 2018
Liangzi woos Tao, with the help of  a BMW, in Jia Zhangke’s brilliant Mountains May Depart.

Mixed Media: Film

Mountains May Depart, by Jia Zhangke, and Makala, by Emmanuel Gras are reviewed this month.

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NI 509 - What's left for the young? - January, 2018
‘Curing’ homosexuality

‘Curing’ homosexuality

LGBT+ people are still subjected to forced confinement, medication and even electric shocks to try to change their sexual orientation, writes Alessio Perrone.

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NI 509 - What's left for the young? - January, 2018
Photo: Tamba Tengbeh

Reasons to be cheerful

A breath of fresher air; Hope in sight; Frack off, say Scots.

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NI 508 - Clampdown! Criminalizing dissent - December, 2017
China leads in industrial robots. Estimates for select countries/regions, in thousands of units.Source: nin.tl/UNCTADrobots

When the Foxbots muscle in

Industrial robots are being put to work on a massive scale in China. Taking the case of electronics giant Foxconn, Jenny Chan considers what an automated future holds in store for human workers.

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NI 507 - Humans vs robots - November, 2017
Mistaking high test scores in China as a measure of quality, the West has adopted an exam-orientated system.Image: Song Dynasty print under a CC Licence

Fatal attraction

Why is the West racing to copy Asia’s education system as fast as the East scrambles to reform it? Yong Zhao takes to task an unhealthy and deluded romanticization of education.

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NI 505 - Bad Education - September, 2017

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China in charge November, 2019
China in charge November, 2019
China in charge November, 2019
China in charge November, 2019
China in charge November, 2019
China in charge November, 2019
Who owns the sea? September, 2019
Trade in Turmoil January, 2019
Trade in Turmoil January, 2019
Trade in Turmoil January, 2019
The dirt on waste November, 2018
The next financial crisis July, 2018
A better media is possible June, 2018
Public ownership rises again May, 2018
What's left for the young? January, 2018
What's left for the young? January, 2018
Clampdown! Criminalizing dissent December, 2017
Humans vs robots November, 2017
Bad Education September, 2017
The Equality Effect July, 2017
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