• Mon-06-2024
China’s maritime militia: the shadowy armada whose existence Beijing rarely acknowledges (June 13, 2024, The Guardian)

They look like simple fishing boats but are capable of swarming in huge numbers to help Beijing stake its territorial claims in the South China Sea. The militia has a long history in the area. Its key role in seizing Scarborough Shoal in 2012 set off one of the most high-profile territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

  • Mon-06-2024
How the Chinese state aims to calm the property market (May 23, 2024, The Economist) (Subscription required)

Since the height of the last boom in 2020, sales have dropped by more than half. To try to put a floor under the market, China’s government has turned to a new, old solution. It wants state-owned enterprises to step in to buy unsold property and turn it into affordable housing.

  • Mon-06-2024
Ice Dragon: China’s Antarctic Strategy (May 31, 2024, Modern War Institute at West Point)

China’s interest in Antarctica has been a consistent—and proportionate—feature of its rise as a global power. Its interest stems in part from the frozen continent’s wealth of untapped natural resources that could potentially secure Beijing’s economic prosperity well into the future. The important question for policymakers, however, is not why China has polar aspirations but how it intends to achieve them.

  • Mon-06-2024
Should you get a prenup? More Hong Kong couples opting in before marriage to avoid divorce ‘war’ amid high separation rate (May 24, 2024, South China Morning Post) (Subscription required)

Lawyers say most clients are wealthy residents seeking to protect their assets before marriage, likening such moves to buying life insurance. Couples need more preparation for marriage, but few are drawn to available courses, counsellors say

  • Mon-06-2024
A Visit to a "Marriage Market" in China (May 15, 2024, NPR)

China, the country that once feared overpopulation, is now experiencing a falling birthrate. The government is encouraging its citizens to have children. We visit a "marriage market" where hopeful young people are looking for a match.

  • Mon-06-2024
Policewoman who is tech expert picked as Hong Kong’s first astronaut for China’s space programme (May 24, 2024, South China Morning Post) (Subscription required)

Policewoman who used to work at secret technical services division selected after competing against more than 80 candidates from city, insider reveals. Chief inspector holds doctoral degree and was seconded to Security Bureau to carry out tech-related tasks

  • Mon-06-2024
A Chinese Model of Theological Education? (June 3, 2024, ChinaSource)

Our brothers and sisters from China have plenty of passion and new inspiration for theological training, and their passion and energy are about to burst. When a new, Chinese way of doing theological training is coming on the horizon, are you there to cheer Chinese Christians on and walk with them shoulder to shoulder?

  • Mon-06-2024
The Long History of Government Oversight and China’s Church (May 31, 2024, ChinaSource)

When studying the current state of Christianity in the People’s Republic of China, Western observers often quickly fixate on the controls imposed by the current government. Only one Protestant church is legally recognized—the Three Self Patriotic Movement—and therefore many Christians have chosen to worship in house churches that are underground. The government regulates baptisms and prohibits or closely monitors contact with foreign Christians and churches. All of this seems so foreign to our Western concepts of religious freedom. But is it China or America that is the anomaly?

  • Mon-06-2024
The Light of the Bible (June 4, 2024, Chinese Church Voices)

After the Bible arrived in China, it underwent a long and arduous journey from translation to publication, and eventually into the hands of every believer, transforming their lives and impacting society. Like a transplanted tree, it had to adapt, integrate, and withstand the harsh winds and rains. Despite countless hardships, this tree continued to grow, bloom, and bear fruit.

  • Mon-06-2024
‘We refuse to disappear’: the Hong Kong 47 facing life in jail after crackdown (June 2, 2024, The Guardian)

In the city’s largest ever national security trial – involving the prosecution of pro-democracy campaigners and activists from a group known as the “Hong Kong 47” – almost all the defendants were found guilty of conspiracy to commit subversion. Their crime was trying to win an election, holding unofficial primaries in 2020 attended by an estimated 600,000 residents.