The “root” of Hong Kong: Chinese officials on Basic Law

Secondary school students across Hong Kong listened to Li Wei's live speech. As the chairman of the Basic Law Committee, Li clarified the relationship between the Chinese constitution and Hong Kong's legal foundation. While some students jotted down notes, others, perhaps not understanding Mandarin, dozed off after a mere five minutes of Li's speech. Li …

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China’s 19th Communist Party Congress: The most powerful leader since Mao

It's China's most important political event in recent years. The China Communist Party's 19th National Congress opened last Wednesday, October 18, and officially closed today, October 24. Held at the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, this week-long conference proves the extent of President Xi Jinping's authority and power. So what …

‘Eco-cities’: Are they the answer to China’s environmental problems?

What started out as experimenting with new green urban designs has turned into something even bigger. China is currently developing 285 eco-cities. 285.   They're being built all across China, as a part of China's attempt to rapidly transition and stabilize its many fronts. 80% of all prefectural-level cities are said to have at least one …

The Hong Kong-China Train: Bringing over not only passengers, but laws

It's the latest controversial plan in Hong Kong: one that would allow Chinese mainland law to apply in Hong Kong territory. Hong Kong has unveiled a plan to build a high-speed train that links West Kowloon to the Shenzhen border - an attempt to streamline operations at the upcoming Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, due …

Liaoning and OOIL: The show(s) of force in Hong Kong

Liaoning, China's first operational aircraft, arrived in Hong Kong Friday morning (July 7, 2017), just days after the Chinese President Xi Jin-ping warned the city against independence forces. As protests raged on behind him, he warned Hong Kong that challenges to the Beijing government was "impermissible". The political climate around Hong Kong and Beijing has grown …

North Korea’s Missile Addiction: The controversial sparks explained

North Korea has long been noteworthy for its "remarkable" dictatorship, but it proved to truly be a force to be reckoned with, when it fired at least six test missiles in 2006. Since then, North Korea has boasted their nuclear power from flaunting missiles during the Day of the Sun, to launching a new type …

China’s One Belt, One Road: The changing status quo

"Spanning more than 68 countries and encompassing 4.4 billion people and up to 40% of the global GDP, China's One Belt, One Road project is not short on ambition," CNN writes. It's true. Promises of massive economic boosts and being able to lift millions out of poverty have been boasted by China, but could this just be another …