China just quietly wrote off a chunk of Cameroon’s debt. Why the secrecy?

( CNN) When top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi met Cameroon President Paul Biya in the capital Yaounde last month and wrote off a chunk of the African country’s debt, the deal very nearly ran unnoticed. It was only when a Chinese news report later alleged that Beijing had written off 3 trillion Central African CFA […]

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How animal trash is helping turn China’s lakes green

Animal husbandry is contaminating Chinas water and has been linked to turning lakes bright green, a phenomenon known as eutrophication The farm, located at the end of a narrow grime route, announces its presence with a piercing stench. At first, the caretaker of the collective facility in Kunming says the farm recycles all the animal […]

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‘This is part of the plan’: new train blurs line between China and Hong Kong

The Vibrant Express connects Hong Kong with mainland China in 20 mins and the citys residents are nervous Inside the newly built West Kowloon terminus, it’s hard to know where Hong Kong stops and China begins. A restaurant on one floor is technically on Hong Kong clay. Merely below it, a duty-free shopping area belongs […]

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‘Every place you go, you are being watched’: reporting from Xi’s China

The Guardians outgoing Beijing correspondent reflects on six years of increasing repression “You don’t work out, do you?” inquired one of the officers who had summoned me to my hotel lobby in China’s pre-eminent police state. We had only checked in 10 minutes earlier and, after an exhausting week reporting along Xinjiang’s spectacular high-altitude border […]

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Thailand: at least 33 dead after Phuket tourist boat capsizes

Search for 23 people still missing will resume on Saturday morning, say officials Thirty-three people have died and a further 23 are still missing in water off the Thai resort island of Phuket after a blizzard capsized a diving boat packed with tourists, according to local officials. The search for those still missing will resume […]

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How animal trash is helping turn China’s lakes green

Animal husbandry is contaminating Chinas water and has been linked to turning lakes bright green, a phenomenon known as eutrophication The farm, located at the end of a narrow dirt path, announces its presence with a piercing stench. At first, the caretaker of the collective facility in Kunming says the farm recycles all the animal […]

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Xiaolu Guo:’ There was no private or personal space in China’

The writer and film-maker on the adversities of growing up in communist China and the shock of detecting artistic freedom Xiaolu Guo is a Chinese writer and film-maker based in London. She was named one of Grantas best young British novelists in 2013, and has been shortlisted for the Orange prize. Her memoir, Once Upon […]

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