Own goal
China’s football troubles reflect broader issues within the economy
Slow growth and politics take their toll
Why more young Chinese want to be civil servants
They are looking for security in a volatile time
The puck stops here
China is in danger of being humiliated at the winter Olympics
Its ice-hockey team has been drawn against Canada and America
The new scold war
China pushes back against critics of its policies in Xinjiang
This time, it’s personal
China wants the world to know that resistance to its rise is futile
It should worry more about why it is so distrusted
Nipping and tucking
Why so many young Chinese seek plastic surgery
It’s not just that they want to stay young
Watching China
Even doveish China-watchers in America are becoming hawkish
On this, the difference between the Biden and Trump administrations is small
Culture clash
China blocks mention of Oscar-winner Chloé Zhao
She has occasionally criticised China, upsetting nationalists on social media
Is China’s population shrinking?
Leaks from the census say it is. Official media give mixed messages
Do no harm
Violence against doctors in China is commonplace
Paying medics poorly means they often overprescribe, causing patient anger
Hong Kong
Leading democrats in Hong Kong are jailed
Some of the territory’s most respected democratic activists fall foul of the National Security Law
A collection of Chinese contemporary art falls prey to politics
It is part of the broader clampdown going on in Hong Kong

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