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U.S president Joe Biden speaks before signing an executive order at the White House on February 24th, setting up a government review of US supply chains and seeking to end the country’s reliance on China and other adversaries for crucial goods. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times/Bloomberg

In his first weeks as US president Joe Biden has been focused on the Covid-19 vaccine rollout and trying to pass a $1.9 trillion (€1.58 trillion) stim(...)

On March 8th 1971 in New York at the Madison Square Garden, Muhammad Ali lost the first of his three-fight trilogy with Joe Frazier. Photograph: Getty Images

In his classic book “Loser and Still Champion”, Budd Schulberg opens the chapter concerning the first Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier bout at Madison Square (...)

Airplane flying through a sky full of vapour trails

Creditors have asked a Chinese court to take control of HNA, majority owner of Irish aircraft financier Avolon’s biggest backer, Bohai Leasing. Chine(...)

Contact tracers in hazmat suits on January 11th investigate a market where a Covid-positive traveller had visited merchants days earlier in Wuhan. Photograph: Gilles Sabrie/The NewYork Times

The Chinese government has pressed people in Wuhan and across the country to bustle into the future and play down, if not forget, the deaths and ha(...)

People visit an exhibition about Chinas fight against the Covid-19 coronavirus at a convention centre in Wuhan  that was previously a makeshift hospital for coronavirus patients. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images

Boxes of imported steaks arriving at the Baishazhou wholesale market in Wuhan go through an elaborate ritual before being placed in the freezers that (...)

Jack Ma has not appeared in public since October 24th, when he gave a high-profile speech critical of the state-owned banks  as well as regulators who he said often sacrifice innovation on the altar of stability. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Four years ago, when Ant Group’s premier money market fund was racing to a peak of more than $260 billion (€213.5 billion) worth of assets under manag(...)

Members of the media and police officers surround a vehicle carrying John Clancey after his arrest on Wednesday during an apparent crackdown on pro-democracy figures. Photograph: Chan Long Hei/Bloomberg.

Hong Kong police have arrested 53 pro-democracy politicians in one of the biggest purges of the city’s opposition since Beijing imposed a tough new na(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron attends a video conference along with Chinese president Xi Jinping, German chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and president of the European Council Charles Michel to conclude a business investment deal. Photograph: Sebastien Nogier/pool via AP

The EU and China have announced a long-awaited deal on an investment treaty, in a move that is aimed at opening up lucrative new corporate opportuniti(...)

A man wearing a face mask looks over a barricade set up to keep people out of a residential compound in Wuhan,  China in April. Photograph:   Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images)

The mild-mannered German scientist never anticipated becoming a Chinese propaganda star. But Alexander Kekulé, director of the Institute for Biosecuri(...)

John McCarthy: the story of the computer scientist known as the father of artificial intelligence begins, like the best such stories, with a young man bringing a cow to market. Photograph: AP

Kerry cows have long horns, according to the proverb. But as I learned this week, at least one of them has a long story too – a saga that moves from K(...)

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