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Why winter heating crisis will not stop China’s dash for gas

China’s plan to burn less coal and to use more natural gas will only accelerate despite a serious gas supply shortage in this winter, analysts have said. A renewed...

Friends in high places: why China’s merry band of extreme rooftoppers are reaching for new heights

When 21-year-old Tong Shenglin saw a photo taken from the top of his city’s tallest building three years ago, he knew he had to get up there and take...

Britain and China promise to speed up work on London-Shanghai stock connect

China and Britain have promised to continue and strengthen cooperation on a wide range of economic, financial and trade issues, including speeding up the introduction of a London-Shanghai stock...

Missile row casts long shadow as South Korea hopes for fresh start in relations with China

The past week may mark a turning point in Chinese-South Korean relations after Chinese President Xi Jinping and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in pledged to step up their...

China’s fallout with Australia: the tip of the iceberg?

As Beijing’s influence in the global economy grows and Washington’s clout recedes under its “America First” policy, political fallouts similar to that between China and Australia are to be...

Artist’s daring tribute to late dissident Liu Xiaobo goes on show in China… but only for a day

A French-Chinese artist’s tribute to late Chinese dissident and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo survived the first day of a public exhibition in Shenzhen; many would say miraculously. The miracle...

Is Taiwan trying to erase links to mainland China, or forget a bloody past?

In ancient Chinese dynasties it was standard practice for new rulers to destroy all symbols of their predecessors to ensure their legacies did not endure. A recent Taiwanese legislative...

China’s air pollution may be easier to beat than its dirty bureaucrats

Despite the onset of freezing winter in northern China, residents have been in for a pleasant surprise as far as air pollution is concerned. Since November, the chronic heavy...

Are China’s new green taxes tough enough to fight pollution?

As China prepares to impose new levies on the discharge of industrial pollutants, environmentalists say the system needs tougher tax rates and more stringent monitoring to deter the country’s...

Globetrotting Chinese boy tackles polar extremes before age of five

Many Chinese parents travel abroad with their children but few go to the lengths of Xu Chenghua and his wife, whose son accompanied them to the Arctic and Arctic...