Tom Phillips

China nets Brazilian football players

A growing number of Brazilian players are signing for clubs in China, which aims to be a football superpower.

Democracy is a joke, says China – look at Trump

Upheaval elsewhere, and particularly when it underscores the perils and pitfalls of democracy, easily becomes frontpage news in China.

China embraces love hotels

The country is witnessing a sexual revolution and business is booming for romantic short-stay hotels.

Personality cult grows around China’s ‘Big Daddy’ Xi

The growing emphasis on Xi is fuelling concerns – even in the Communist Party – that China is now falling back towards a Mao-type personality cult.

Cloned cows to feed China

Chinese company BoyaLife plans on supplementing China's growing demand for beef by producing 100 000 cow embryos a year.

Taiwan and China edge closer

But the first official meeting between the two countries could backfire for the Taiwanese leader.

US ratchets up tension with China

But the Pentagon is insisting its naval provocation did not breach any international maritime laws.

Mugabe awarded ‘China’s Nobel peace prize’

Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president, is being honoured for supposedly "injecting fresh energy" into the global quest for harmony.

China seizes on (part of) its history

The horrors of Japanese camps are being told but nothing is being said of what followed.

Reporter the fall guy for Chinese crisis

Business reporter Wang Xiaolu has been paraded on Chinese state TV to make an on-air "confession" for supposedly triggering stock market chaos.

The case of Wang Yu, emblem of China’s human rights crackdown

The detention of Wang Yu was the opening salvo in an unprecedented crackdown on China's human rights lawyers.

Inside the world of super-rich women

Welcome to Brazil's first reality show to delve into the lives of the country's growing class of super-rich.

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