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China in charge

Since 1980, China has lifted over 800 million people out of absolute poverty. The four biggest banks in the world are Chinese. Between 2011 and 2013, China poured more concrete than the United States did in the entire twentieth century. The rise of China is perhaps the most important fact of our lifetimes. But what happens next? There are more than enough ‘red scare’ stories in the Western press that treat this nation of 1.4 billion people as a terrifying monolith. With the collection of articles below, we’ve tried to do something different.


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A still from the music video 'Room Service', via the record label 88rising, by hip hop sensation Higher Brothers.

(Don’t) fight the power

Amy Hawkins surveys the cultural landscape in the world’s second-largest economy, China.
A returnee sits in a bus next to a picture of Syrian President Bashar al Assad in Qusayr, Syria July 7, 2019. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

‘Rebuilding’ and social cleansing in Syria

The Assad regime has laid out a blueprint for the reconstruction of Syria. But Syrian architects and urban planners Hani...
A guard at the Mombasa terminus of the Chinese-financed SGR railway. Saturday is one of the busiest times on the line, as Kenyans travel from Nairobi to the coast to visit family.

The Beijing connection

Christine Mungai reflects on the past, present and future of the relationship between China and the African continent.
Since the 1970s, the world’s human population has doubled to 7.7 billion.

Is concern about population growth exaggerated?

Does obsession with population size miss the point? Mohan Rao and Sara Parkin weigh in on the debate.

Should I call the cops if I witness a theft?

Ethical and political dilemmas abound these days. Seems like we’re all in need of a New Internationalist perspective. Enter...
Uyghur men in Xinjiang pray during the Corban festival (Eid) in 2016. Public displays of religiosity are now considered signs of extremism. Credit: Kevin Frayers/Getty

Xinjiang: living in a ghost world

Yohann Koshy speaks to anthropologist Darren Byler to find out what is going on in China’s predominantly Uyghur northwest...

How green is China?

Ma Tianjie examines the limits of China’s ‘ecological nationalism’.​
Car drivers in Bogotá, Colombia, spent 271 hours in traffic jams during 2018, in Dublin 246 hours and in London 227 hours, according to global traffic data cruncher INREX

What if...cities became car-free?

Vanessa Baird on how to turn a toxic bane into a liberating blessing.

China in charge

Yohann Koshy on the ironies and contradictions of what one day might be called the Chinese century.

Pyromaniac president, international pariah

Leonardo Sakamoto writes plainly about the suicidal drives and fake patriotism behind the culling of the Amazon rainforest.

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