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‘Another audience watching…’ Xi Jinping humiliated as Taiwan drill stunt backfires

Duncan Bartlett said China’s military drills after US Speaker Nancy Pelosi visit to Taiwan played a central role within China as “they were used as a bit of propaganda coup in terms of television” but argued they might have revealed how the Chinese army “might approach a potential invasion of Taiwan”. The Editor of Asian Affairs […]

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Xi Jinping risks trade nightmare with West if China pursues Taiwan war: ‘Economic crisis’

China’s military drills near Taiwan last week were used as preparation for an invasion, the island’s foreign minister has claimed. Joseph Wu claimed: “China has used the drills in its military playbook to prepare for the invasion of Taiwan. “It is conducting large-scale military exercises and missile launches, as well as cyber-attacks, disinformation, and economic […]

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Xi Jinping grasps ‘knife’ of internal security to complete grip on power

Xi Jinping finally has something that eluded him for almost a decade: a trusted confidante at the top of China’s police ministry. Wang Xiaohong’s appointment as public security minister in June marked another breakthrough for Xi in his relentless consolidation of power since being appointed head of the Chinese Communist party and its Central Military […]

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‘Stopping Putin in Ukraine Will Send a Message to Xi Jinping’

Hello and happy Thursday! The Kitchens are on vacation this week and we’re having a wonderful time. The picture below is from the dueling grounds at Weehawken, New Jersey—where Alexander Hamilton was shot by Aaron Burr. As we continue our travels I thought it’d be nice to provide a condensed and edited transcript of my […]

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China meltdown: Xi Jinping struggles to stop protests as anger against Beijing swells

Chinese leader Xi Jinping is struggling to quell anger among Chinese citizens as the country suffers a worsening economic crisis. Figures released yesterday showed the country’s economic growth has slowed sharply in the second quarter of the year. Economic analysts blamed this slump on the country’s zero-Covid approach that has forced economic capitals like Shanghai […]

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Inside China’s terrifying nuclear arsenal – how plans could hand Xi Jinping 1,000 warheads

Over the next five years, officials believe China could create another 350 warheads, and 650 more by 2030. Proliferation on this scale would bring the country’s overall numbers to 700 and 1,000. That would make the nation the third in history to acquire an arsenal in the four-figure range and vastly outmatch both the UK […]

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Beijing announces interest rate swaps with Hong Kong after Xi Jinping visit

Mainland China and Hong Kong financial regulators said on Monday that they will launch a programme allowing mutual access to interest rate swap trading in six months, in a move to promote the country’s financial derivatives markets. The arrangement, which was announced on the same day as an expanded currency swap between China’s central bank […]

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Xi Jinping ‘doesn’t fully understand’ investment fall putting China in ‘critical’ spot

Author and J Capital Research co-founder Anne Stevenson-Yang told ABC’s Alicia Loxley that local governments in China are stuck between a rock and a hard place, unable to continue building infrastructure because of a lack of Government funding. She said that even stimulation of the economy would not help because they have “less and less […]

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Xi Jinping insists Hong Kong must be governed by patriots on 25th anniversary of handover

China’s president Xi Jinping has warned that power in Hong Kong “must be administered only by patriots” while navigating a “new stage of development, from chaos to order” as he presided over the swearing-in ceremony of the territory’s new chief executive, John Lee. “No other places or countries in the world would allow those who […]

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China clamps down on Hong Kong as Xi Jinping visits to mark handover

Beijing is clamping down on Hong Kong ahead of a visit on Thursday by President Xi Jinping to mark the 25th anniversary of the end of British rule, barring some journalists from the celebrations, imposing a no-fly zone and reaffirming the combat readiness of the city’s military garrison. Xi’s first visit outside mainland China since […]