Ctrip chairman James Liang backs start-up that helps parents find play dates for their young ones

James Liang Jianzhang is best known in Chinese business circles as the chairman of Ctrip, the country’s biggest online travel agent. But that is only one of the many hats he wears. The 50-year-old is also a passionate advocate for women’s rights and expert on population studies. Faced with a rapidly ageing society, Liang is […]

Chinese pro-market economist Wu Jinglian warns of ‘state capitalism’ dangers

An influential Chinese pro-market economist has warned of the dangers of “state capitalism”, joining a chorus of liberals who say state intrusion is eroding confidence in the country’s economic future. Wu Jinglian, who turns 89 this month, made the remarks in a video message delivered at a seminar in Beijing last week, hosted by liberal […]

Court verdict may shed light on why rising Chinese political star Zhao Yong was sidelined

Details have emerged in a corruption case that could shed light on why Zhao Yong – a former Hebei deputy party boss and rising star in Chinese politics – has been sidelined in the past two years. The case also shows the impact of President Xi Jinping’s far-reaching anti-corruption drive. After six years, tens of […]

Chinese school principal breaks the rules with his bold dance move

A bold primary school principal in northern China has abandoned the government’s daily exercise programme and is trying to get his pupils moving with a modern dance routine instead. Video footage of the 40-year-old principal, Zhang Pengfei – dressed in black and with a microphone in hand – leading his pupils through an energetic shuffle […]

Ronnie Chan, Donald Trump and what China got wrong in the trade war with the United States

When the meeting was over, there was supposed to be an agreement. In the early days of the administration of US President Donald Trump, Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang had gone to Washington for the annual strategic economic dialogue to hammer out a deal on narrowing the United States’ trade deficit with China – the target […]

China’s tech hub Shenzhen misses growth target but leapfrogs Hong Kong into Asia’s top 5, mayor says

Shenzhen failed to meet its economic growth target last year due to worse than expected results in key technology sectors but its mayor remains confident it did enough to overtake Hong Kong and join the ranks of the five biggest city economies in Asia for the first time in its history. The south China boom […]

Quebec City mayor cancels 10-day China trip amid diplomatic tensions

A Canadian mayor has cancelled a planned trip to China in March on the advice of authorities, according to local media, amid increasingly strained ties between the two countries. Régis Labeaume, the long-time mayor of Quebec City, capital of the Canadian province of Quebec, nixed an economic and tourism mission to two Chinese cities and […]

Resolving China’s ‘phantom conflict’ with the West demands a strong sense of perspective

With the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Canada – pending possible extradition to the US – and Beijing’s detention of several Canadians, the environment for cooperation between China and the rest of the world in academic, commercial and most other fields has become complex. Commentators are talking of a new cold war, though […]

US-China trade deal ‘could well happen’, Donald Trump says, but there may be a catch

US President Donald Trump said that positive progress has been made towards a trade deal with China amid media reports that US negotiators are insisting Beijing agrees to regular check-ups on its reforms and shorter timelines for rectifying the trade imbalance. Following vice-ministerial level talks in Beijing earlier this month, Trump said on Saturday that […]

China has opened thousands of new museums, but who wants them?

In a county near eastern China’s Taihu, a new museum featuring the large freshwater lake opened this month. The seven-floor structure – designed by the American architect Marshall Strabala, who was involved in the design of renowned skyscrapers like the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – is the fourth newly built museum in Changxing, Zhejiang province, […]

China wants consumers to drive economic growth, but they are already being squeezed

Yu Mingang had a good job helping Chinese manufacturers prepare to sell shares to the public until the cooling economy derailed those plans. As demand for auditing services sank, the 25-year-old accountant in the eastern city of Hangzhou was laid off in December. Yu tightened his belt: No more trips to the cinema or eating […]