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  1. FT Photo Diary

    September 12, 2014

    Selling Mao

    Carlos Barria/Reuters A woman sells a portrait of China’s late chairman Mao Zedong at a busy street in Shanghai ...

  2. September 5, 2014

    Job titles for passports and why short is sweet on Classic FM

    The retired MI5 agent, Peter Wright, in his autobiography reported that his boss, Martin Furnival Jones, described his...

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  1. September 4, 2014

    Wheels come off China’s bike-share schemes

    Bicycle sharing schemes in China, kingdom of the humble pushbike, are increasingly being shunned by commuters whose refusal...

  2. August 28, 2014

    Hong Kong anti-corruption agents raid media mogul Jimmy Lai’s home

    Hong Kong authorities have raided the home of Jimmy Lai, the media tycoon and fierce critic of the Chinese government, in...

  3. August 25, 2014

    The past of a foreign country is an unfamiliar world

    The years before 1914 were a turbulent time in China. A series of treaties imposed by imperialist powers extorted 130m taels...

  4. FT Alphaville

    August 8, 2014

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Friday, - Paul Singer and his Argentina jersey. - Vice and the caliphate, part 1. - “Let’s say Ron Paul is...

  5. July 22, 2014

    Chinese tourists flock to sites that deify Chairman Mao

    Red tourism: Let a million Chinese bloom Fancy getting shot at by a mock-Red Army guerrilla, sleeping on a brick bed and...

  6. July 15, 2014

    China’s lottery bet pays off as World Cup sends sales soaring

    Beijing’s bet on the lottery – a state-run exception to China’s ban on gambling – appears to be paying off handsomely with...

  7. June 27, 2014

    Trader who tapped Tehran to power China

    In defiance of US sanctions, one man was for two decades the linchpin of China’s oil dealings with Iran: a hard-drinking...

  8. beyondbrics

    June 4, 2014

    Renminbi use surges in home of US dollar

    It is the monetary equivalent of what Chairman Mao called “bombarding the headquarters”. China’s renminbi is rapidly...

  9. May 30, 2014

    The Tiananmen Square massacre, 25 years on

    The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited, by Louisa Lim, OUP USA, RRP£16.99/$24.95, 240 pages Tiananmen Exiles:...

  10. FT Photo Diary

    March 6, 2014

    Cleaning Mao Zedong

    Kyodo/Reuters Workers clean black marks off the portrait of China‘s late leader Mao Zedong at the main entrance of the...

  11. FT Photo Diary

    January 23, 2014

    Sothebys sees red

    Charlie Bibby/FT An Andy Warhol, Chairman Mao and a Red Gerhard Richter are unpacked in the Sotheby’s warehouse, West...

  12. December 26, 2013

    A risk-taking insurer rewarded

    On being asked about his wife, Chen Dongsheng stiffens in his large ivory-coloured armchair, but stays calm. His office...

  13. FT Photo Diary

    December 11, 2013

    Dusting down Chairman Mao

    Reuters Dang Guihong, a judicial official, wipes statues of China’s late Chairman Mao Zedong at an exhibition room in...

  14. December 3, 2013

    Chinese investment in HS2 is ‘so far off’

    By Gill Plimmer and Simon Rabinovitch The picture of the Union Jack next to a portrait of the former Chinese leader Mao...

  15. September 20, 2013

    Taking on the power brokers

    Since the People’s Republic of China was established 64 years ago, it has tried two different paths. For the first 30 years,...

  16. September 20, 2013

    China’s ‘sent-down’ youth

    Ma Shangzhu’s face lit up with a radiant smile as she leaned out of the train window and waved goodbye to her father. In a...

  17. September 20, 2013

    How long can the Communist party survive in China?

    Tucked away between China’s top spy school and the ancient imperial summer palace in the west of Beijing lies the only place...

  18. September 18, 2013

    Beijing’s internet crackdown may be hard to sustain

    Mao Zedong once wrote that “the Communist party must control the guns”. Now, it seems, it must control the internet as well....

  19. September 12, 2013

    ‘Tiger hunts’ revisit a bloody era in China’s history

    On a wintry day in February 1952, two victims, their hands tied behind their backs, were marched off to the execution...

  20. FT Photo Diary

    September 9, 2013

    Remembering Chairman Mao

    Reuters A visitor cleans small busts of Mao Zedong at a museum dedicated to the former Chinese leader on the 37th...

  21. August 23, 2013

    Lunch with the FT: Zhu Min

    Zhu Min, deputy managing director at the International Monetary Fund, has chosen to lunch at a Chinese restaurant around the...

  22. August 16, 2013

    Devil’s advocate who leapt to the side of the indefensible

    Anti-colonialist, iconoclast and lawyer, Jacques Vergès was a Frenchman who gained international renown for defending some...

  23. July 14, 2013

    The rise and rebirth of Chinese realpolitik

    Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century, by Orville Schell and John Delury, Little, Brown (£14.99,...

  24. June 24, 2013

    Good leaders don’t always need a vision

    Are leaders with transformational objectives and an inspirational style better than leaders with more modest objectives and...

  25. June 21, 2013

    Mao’s cave becomes temple to Mammon

    Mao Zedong would not be amused. For more than a decade, Mao lived in a cave in the remote mountain town of Yan’an, central...

  26. June 21, 2013

    A forgotten war comes back to life

    In Chinese video games (authorised by the state), players slaughter Japanese soldiers from the Sino-Japanese war of 1937-45....

  27. June 20, 2013

    China’s Communist party takes page from Mao’s playbook

    China’s Communist party has unleashed a rectification campaign of a scale and tone not seen in more than a decade as the...

  28. beyondbrics

    June 18, 2013

    China: a Mao car for the minister

    Mao Zedong decreed that Chinese communism should have its very own luxury car, so he launched the Red Flag limo in 1958....

  29. June 13, 2013

    People

    For generations, work – for all but a privileged elite – meant a form of servitude. Employees were supplicants without...

  30. June 7, 2013

    China’s first lady effect

    This weekend marks the next step in the extraordinary ascent of the Chinese first lady on to the world stage. Accompanying...

  31. May 27, 2013

    Ai Weiwei, S.A.C.R.E.D., Venice Biennale – review

    In the spring of 2011, just after his release from illegal detention in Beijing, I interviewed Ai Weiwei about the 81 days...

  32. The World

    May 22, 2013

    Ai Weiwei: the Greatest Hits edition

    Evidently, Ai Weiwei is not one to let 81 days in jail keep him quiet. China’s most famous dissident has just released a...

  33. April 9, 2013

    Prosperity requires more than rule of law

    The idea that “institutions matter” is a relatively recent amendment to the standard corpus of economic thinking. Only in...

  34. March 13, 2013

    Xi’s wife to defy legacy of China’s first lady

    When Liu Shaoqi, then China’s president, visited Indonesia in 1963, his wife Wang Guangmei helped him accomplish his...

  35. February 28, 2013

    Taiwan’s hunger for renminbi grows

    When Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou was a child, the streets echoed with the government’s pledge to eliminate China’s...

  36. January 22, 2013

    China: Old barriers in way of Xi’s bid for reform

    In the US the hiatus between the election of a new President and the inauguration ceremony lasts for just under three months...

  37. beyondbrics

    January 11, 2013

    China's only children: risk-avoiding, untrustworthy pessimists?

    China’s “little Emperors” have got a lot of bad press in the 30-odd years since Mao Zedong created a generation of pampered...

  38. December 21, 2012

    Chinese wannabes rush to learn etiquette

    Like gunpowder and printing, China had etiquette before most of the rest of us. But Confucius has been dead a long time and...

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