A bit more Mao-like

How Xi Jinping might change the Communist Party’s constitution

Two possible revisions could put him on a pedestal with Mao

Still frosty

Some progress in the border dispute between China and India

Yet a mutual snub suggests it is far from over

The widening gap

Reforms to China’s hukou system will not help migrants much

Big cities are still reluctant to give them social benefits

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Forbidden love story

A film about rural outcasts made waves in China

Until it was pulled from cinemas


Xi Jinping won’t ditch Vladimir Putin, for now

China’s goal in Ukraine is Western disunity and failure, more than a Russian triumph

Change the channel

China has plans for grand canals

The building scheme is part of an effort to become a “transportation power”

Next-generation thinking

New leaders will soon inhabit China’s top decision-making bodies

Will they change the country?

They will take blood

China’s government is mass-collecting DNA from Tibetans

It doesn’t bother to hide its aim: social control

Too rich for some

China’s government bites down on expensive mooncakes

Why the high-priced pastry makes officials nervous

Travelin’ man

Xi Jinping will at last venture abroad again

Why is Central Asia his destination?

Shaking with frustration

Public patience with zero-covid is wearing thin in China

An earthquake in locked-down Chengdu renews doubts about the policy