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In Xi Jinping's big year, political price of China's zero-COVID policy climbs
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In Xi Jinping's big year, political price of China's zero-COVID policy climbs

While much of the Western world suffered huge outbreaks, China's 'dynamic zero-COVID' approach was upheld as an emblem of Xi's shrewd leadership and celebrated during the ruling Communist Party's centenary last year

COVID19: China fudges, hides real death numbers in Shanghai outbreak
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COVID19: China fudges, hides real death numbers in Shanghai outbreak

In response to questions about Shanghai’s COVID-19 figures, China’s top medical authority, the National Health Commission, said in a fax that there is “no basis to suspect the accuracy of China’s epidemic data and statistics.”

Shanghai allows four million out of homes as COVID-19 rules ease
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Shanghai allows four million out of homes as COVID-19 rules ease

Shanghai shut down businesses and confined most of its population to their homes starting 28 March after a spike in infections.

China’s slowing economy in spotlight during annual legislature meeting
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China’s slowing economy in spotlight during annual legislature meeting

China’s economic growth slid to 4 per cent over a year earlier in the final three months of 2021

Xi Jinping has two big deep secrets: how long he will stay in power and his political heir
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Xi Jinping has two big deep secrets: how long he will stay in power and his political heir

Xi Jinping has already sought to prevent undercurrents of discontent from converging into opposition before the congress

‘The chairman of everything’: As Xi Jinping tightens hold on China, grip on economy slipping
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‘The chairman of everything’: As Xi Jinping tightens hold on China, grip on economy slipping

The Chinese president has upended tradition to restore strongman rule in China and tighten Communist Party control over the economy and society

Living by the code: In China, COVID-era controls may outlast the virus
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Living by the code: In China, COVID-era controls may outlast the virus

The pandemic has given Xi Jinping, China’s top leader, a powerful case for deepening the Communist Party’s reach into the lives of 1.4 billion citizens, filling out his vision of the country as a model of secure order, in contrast to the 'chaos of the West'

China lifts monthlong COVID-19 lockdown in Xi'an, new restrictions in Beijing as cases rise
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China lifts monthlong COVID-19 lockdown in Xi'an, new restrictions in Beijing as cases rise

Xi'an has been a cornerstone of the ruling Communist Party's 'zero tolerance' strategy toward COVID-19 that mandates lockdowns, travel restrictions and mass testing whenever a case is discovered

China shifts into propaganda overdrive in pandemic era but world is beginning to see through it
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China shifts into propaganda overdrive in pandemic era but world is beginning to see through it

After China was not invited for Biden's 'Summit for Democracy', Beijing issued a 'White Paper' stating that it had a 'democracy that works'

China's Xi Jinping hails Hong Kong's 'patriots only' election in meeting with Carrie Lam
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China's Xi Jinping hails Hong Kong's 'patriots only' election in meeting with Carrie Lam

Xi said after the elections that he is certain Hong Kongers will join in 'realising the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation'

China's Communist Party bashes US before Biden summit, says 'such democracy brings disaster to voters'
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China's Communist Party bashes US before Biden summit, says 'such democracy brings disaster to voters'

Party officials questioned how a polarized country that botched its response to COVID-19 could lecture others, and said that efforts to force others to copy the Western democratic model are 'doomed to fail'

China silent on tennis star Peng Shuai despite growing overseas concern
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China silent on tennis star Peng Shuai despite growing overseas concern

Peng Shuai has not been heard from since accusing former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual abuse

Xi Jinping puts his stamp on CCP history, but is his support as strong as his predecessors?
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Xi Jinping puts his stamp on CCP history, but is his support as strong as his predecessors?

The inner political dynamics of the CCP’s leadership are largely unknown. Commentators guess intelligently about groups and factions, about policy divides and preferences, about past experiences and future visions

Door open for dialogue to discuss Dalai Lama's future but not Tibet, says China
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Door open for dialogue to discuss Dalai Lama's future but not Tibet, says China

The Dalai Lama should stop 'secessionist activities' and take concrete measures to win the trust of the central government and Chinese people, said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin

China's Communist Party leaders begin top meet expected to further tighten Xi Jinping's grip on power
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China's Communist Party leaders begin top meet expected to further tighten Xi Jinping's grip on power

Some 400 members of the party's powerful Central Committee gathered in Beijing for the four-day plenary is being held behind closed doors

China's #MeToo scandal: Tennis, sex and politics combine as Peng Shuai accuses ex-vice premier of sexual assault
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China's #MeToo scandal: Tennis, sex and politics combine as Peng Shuai accuses ex-vice premier of sexual assault

Peng is a former top-ranked doubles player, taking 23 tour-level doubles titles, including Grand Slams at Wimbledon in 2013 and the French Open in 2014.

All’s not well in the Middle Kingdom: China finds itself internally divided and globally isolated
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All’s not well in the Middle Kingdom: China finds itself internally divided and globally isolated

Economically, strategically and even politically, China finds itself in a fix today. If it doesn’t mend its way, it would soon find its superpower dream going kaput.

China names ethnic Uyghur Erkin Tuniyaz, who gained notoriety for backing Beijing's policies, new Xinjiang governor
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China names ethnic Uyghur Erkin Tuniyaz, who gained notoriety for backing Beijing's policies, new Xinjiang governor

Tuniyaz has rebuked Western governments' criticism of Beijing's policies in Xinjiang, particularly the use of facilities critics call detention centers but which China says are intended for vocational training and deradicalization

China clamps down on pop culture in bid to ramp up 'ideological control' on youth
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China clamps down on pop culture in bid to ramp up 'ideological control' on youth

In a series of sweeping measures, Beijing has moved to check what it considers the excesses of modern entertainment, and urged social media platforms to promote patriotic content.

Xi Jinping chases 'rejuvenation of the great Chinese nation' with control of tycoons, society
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Xi Jinping chases 'rejuvenation of the great Chinese nation' with control of tycoons, society

Beijing has launched anti-monopoly and data security crackdowns to tighten its control over internet giants, including e-commerce platform Alibaba Group and games and social media operator Tencent Holdings Ltd