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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attends the closing session of the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 11.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attends the closing session of the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 11.

China’s Premier Steps Up to Issue Economic Warning

Recent appearances may fuel speculation that Li Keqiang’s star is rising, but it’s not that simple.

Security personnel stand guard at the entrance to the Forbidden City near an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping as the closing session of the National People's Congress takes place in Beijing on March 11.
Security personnel stand guard at the entrance to the Forbidden City near an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping as the closing session of the National People's Congress takes place in Beijing on March 11.

Expanding State Power Still Tops Xi’s Agenda

A recently publicized speech reflects how the Chinese leader sees the country’s economic challenges.

Workers wearing protective gear stack up boxes to deliver in the Jing'an district in Shanghai on May 7.
Workers wearing protective gear stack up boxes to deliver in the Jing'an district in Shanghai on May 7.

China’s COVID-19 Data Doesn’t Match Its Harsh Restrictions

Officials say case numbers in Shanghai are falling, but millions of residents are still locked down.

People line up at COVID-19 testing site at a shopping complex in Beijing on May 4.
People line up at COVID-19 testing site at a shopping complex in Beijing on May 4.

Can China Manage the Economic Side Effects of Lockdowns?

As the threat of further closures looms, economists are downgrading the country’s growth projections.

Health workers wear protective suits as they wait to register office workers for COVID-19 tests in Beijing on April 27.
Health workers wear protective suits as they wait to register office workers for COVID-19 tests in Beijing on April 27.

Who Profits From China’s Zero-COVID Strategy?

As Beijing braces for possible lockdown, the leadership shows no sign of changing course.

A community volunteer checks out vegetables to be distributed to residents in a compound during a lockdown in Pudong district, Shanghai, China, on April 12.
A community volunteer checks out vegetables to be distributed to residents in a compound during a lockdown in Pudong district, Shanghai, China, on April 12.

Lockdowns Expose China’s Dysfunctional Trucking Industry

COVID-19 outbreaks are hitting domestic supply chains at their weakest point.

A woman shelters from the rain during a lockdown in Shanghai on April 13.
A woman shelters from the rain during a lockdown in Shanghai on April 13.

China’s Lockdowns Take Economic Toll

An omicron surge will likely have long-lasting consequences for GDP growth.

A resident sits on a rooftop of a building in the Jing'an district of Shanghai on April 6.
A resident sits on a rooftop of a building in the Jing'an district of Shanghai on April 6.

Shanghai Households Are Running Out of Food

Lockdown and logistical disaster have left people hungry.

A worker wearing a protective gear walks next to barriers that separate a neighborhood under lockdown from the street in Shanghai on March 30.
A worker wearing a protective gear walks next to barriers that separate a neighborhood under lockdown from the street in Shanghai on March 30.

Shanghai Enters Full Lockdown

The announcement has sparked panic-buying and confusion throughout the city, where centralized quarantine facilities are already overloaded.

Rescuers for the flight recorder at a plane crash site in Guangxi, China, on March 22.
Rescuers for the flight recorder at a plane crash site in Guangxi, China, on March 22.

Plane Crash in China Raises Puzzling Questions

The country has not had a serious flight accident since 2010, but officials aren’t sharing many details.

A health worker gets a swab sample from a woman to be tested for COVID-19 in Beijing on March 16.
A health worker gets a swab sample from a woman to be tested for COVID-19 in Beijing on March 16.

China Confronts Looming COVID-19 Crisis

The biggest pandemic surge since the initial outbreak in 2020 is already straining the country’s restrictive system.

Chinese President Xi Jinping drinks a cup of water during the second plenary session of the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 8.
Chinese President Xi Jinping drinks a cup of water during the second plenary session of the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 8.

Russia’s Isolation Spurs Rethink in China

As Moscow grapples with the swift effects of economic sanctions, Beijing looks toward self-sufficiency.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying gestures during the daily press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Beijing on Feb. 24.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying gestures during the daily press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Beijing on Feb. 24.

Did Russia Catch China Off Guard in Ukraine?

Beijing may have at least bought Moscow’s narrative of a quick invasion.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose during their meeting in Beijing on Feb. 4.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose during their meeting in Beijing on Feb. 4.

China’s Murky Position on Ukraine

Beijing has indicated tacit support of Moscow, but there is some uncertainty behind the scenes.

Eileen Gu celebrates with her gold medal during the women's freestyle big air medal ceremony during the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing on Feb. 8.
Eileen Gu celebrates with her gold medal during the women's freestyle big air medal ceremony during the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing on Feb. 8.

Eileen Gu and the Chimerican Dream

The Olympic freestyle skier has stirred controversy for representing China. She is the product of a vanishing shared space between the Chinese and American elite.

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