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French president Emmanuel Macron and Chinese president Xi Jinping shake hands after a joint press briefing at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/Getty Images

President Xi Jinping and Emmanuel Macron sealed a flurry of multimillion euro business deals during the French president’s first official visit to Chi(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping “has consolidated his power and position, and is genuinely now very powerful”. Photograph:  SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Without once changing his direction, flipping his political message or sending a single tweet, China’s president Xi Jinping has entrenched his positio(...)

The chief foreign beneficiary of Donald Trump’s insularity was Vladimir Putin, who has used his new strength in the Middle East as a springboard to bring Russia back to the geopolitical top table.  Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images
Demons unleashed

Across the western world in 2017, the defining ideological divide was not between left and right, but open versus closed. It was that cleavage – natio(...)

March of progress:  Public toilet in Beijing with wifi, an ATM machine and chargers for mobile phones and electric vehicles. Photograph: AFP/Getty

China’s president Xi Jinping wants unswerving efforts to upgrade the nation’s lavatories as part of a “toilet revolution” and called for a major upgra(...)

US president Donald Trump talks to opera performers at the Forbidden City in Beijing on Wednesdsay, the first day of his visit to China. Photograph:  Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump was having a “great time” on the latest leg of his five-nation Asian voyage, as he watched Peking opera in the Pavilion of C(...)

A roadside poster of Chinese president Xi Jinping,  in Beijing, last week: Under Xi, China is increasingly autocratic and illiberal. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

“Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you!” Thus in 1956 did Nikita Khrushchev, then first secretary of the Communist part(...)

US president Donald Trump walking with President Xi Jinping of China at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida in  April.  Photograph:  Doug Mills/The New York Times

As China gears up for the arrival of Donald Trump, the country’s ambassador to Washington has warned the US against trying to rein in Beijing’s effor(...)

Chinese president: Xi Jinping. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty

‘Hide our strength, bide our time.” For a quarter-century, China’s approach to the outside world has generally adhered to Deng Xiaoping’s foreign poli(...)

The new members of the standing committee of the politburo in China. Graphic: Paul Scott

China’s president Xi Jinping on Wednesday introduced the country’s top leadership, the standing committee of the politburo, of which he is chairman. T(...)

Chinese president and member of the standing committee of the Politburo Xi Jinping: “We must continue to rid ourselves of any virus that erodes the party’s fabric.” Photograph: How  Hwee Young/EPA

Five years after Xi Jinping led China’s top leaders on to the carpeted stage in the Great Hall of the People, the Communist Party boss is back with a (...)

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