Rubric Red Lanterns

Red Lanterns
by Li Qiang

China could miss the growth targets set by the government. The current economic situation is worse than at the start of the pandemic in 2020. Li is called to solve the economic problems created by Xi's policies. From here to the Communist Party Congress in the fall, the two leaders and their factions will be vying for power.

| 26/05/2022
| RED LANTERNS
by Arundathie Abeysinghe

With the Rajapaksas in power, Beijing financed infrastructure projects that were often unnecessary and overpriced. The port and airport in Hambantota district are the most striking examples. China holds 10 percent of Colombo's external debt, like Japan, but at much higher interest rates.

 

 

| 19/05/2022
| RED LANTERNS
by John Ai

The authorities tighten restrictions in various parts of the country, as requested by paramount leader Xi Jinping. Censors remove online criticism. US companies in China are also critical of Beijing's zero-COVID policy.

| 12/05/2022
| RED LANTERNS

The faction to which Premier Li Keqiang belongs has lost four million members in 10 years. 20th Communist Party Congress: the Chinese president wants an ally as the new prime minister. The worsening pandemic and  economic crisis only obstacle to Xi, who aims to prevent Comunist Youth League member Hu Chunhua from heading government.

 

 

| 05/05/2022
| RED LANTERNS
by John Ai

The design of the pocket text is reminiscent of those distributed during the Mao era. It is part of the propaganda ahead of the 20th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, which will most likely grant Xi his third term in office. Authorities censor online debate on CCP history.

 

 

 

 

 

| 28/04/2022
| RED LANTERNS
by John Ai

Economic growth at 4.8% in the first quarter; unemployment at 6% in March, the highest since 2018. In preparation for the 20th Communist Party Congress, the Chinese president's line doesn't change. Lockdowns spark citizen protests. Companies struggle to survive.

| 21/04/2022
| RED LANTERNS

Seen as a favourite to replace Premier Li Keqiang, Li Qiang, communist boss in Shanghai and Xi Jinping’s ally, is under attack for his handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. If the health crisis spreads, turmoil might follow with serious economic repercussions. A weakened Xi will have to give room to factions that oppose him.

| 14/04/2022
| RED LANTERNS
by Li Qiang

Driven by the Chinese leader's "redistributive" policies, such as the crackdown on hi-tech, real estate and private education giants. In China there are 626 billionaires: potentially a counter-power in the eyes of the regime. In China's rural areas, per capita income is less than half that of the cities.

 

| 31/03/2022
| RED LANTERNS
by Li Qiang

Fighter jets and a frigate have been delivered,the possible arrival of eight submarines  pending. In 10 years, China has sold almost US$ 6 billion worth of armaments to the Pakistanis. Beijing is exploiting the war in Ukraine, and the US distraction, to advance in South Asia. Border tensions with Delhi remain.

| 24/03/2022
| RED LANTERNS

Just under 5,000 deaths in three months, mostly elderly. Under citicisim from the population, businesses and experts, the city government is preparing new health regulations. Local leader Carrie Lam also attacked by members of her (pro-Beijing) camp. Central authorities fear the situation could create political and social instability.

| 17/03/2022
| RED LANTERNS
by John Ai

China's defence budget up 7.1 per cent this year, higher than the expected GDP growth of 5.5 per cent. The announcement by Premier Li Keqiang at the annual meeting of the National People's Congress. Beijing is preparing "legal" instruments to justify potential military operations. 

 

 

| 10/03/2022
| RED LANTERNS
by Emanuele Scimia

With a possible attack by Beijing in mind, Su Tseng-chang points to Ukrainians' resistance slowing down the Russian advance. Taipei is trying to reassure the population that the two situations are different. But doubts shroud the real will of the Taiwanese to oppose the Chinese.

 

| 03/03/2022
| RED LANTERNS

The Chinese call for "restraint" and a diplomatic solution, ignores the fact that the situation is already out of control. United States accused of fomenting the crisis. Chinese business giants worried. Taiwanese microchip exports to Russia may be blocked. Japan ready for new sanctions.

| 24/02/2022
| RED LANTERNS
by Lu Haitao

The video of her being chained has sparked online outrage across the country. Not even the Winter Olympics can distract the public's attention. The authorities' incoherent statements fail to convince. Two activists arrested. The story has been censored online.

| 17/02/2022
| RED LANTERNS
by Lu Haitao

Zhu Yi has come under the spotlight of national public opinion after two falls. According to critics, she was only chosen because of the influence of her father, a renowned scientist and expert in artificial intelligence. On the other hand, the gold medal-winning skier Eileen Gu, who was also born in the United States, was acclaimed.

| 10/02/2022
| RED LANTERNS

In five years’ time the People's Liberation Army will be 100 years in operation. Prominent academic Jin Canrong: Beijing can take the island in a week, and the US can't avoid it. Pentagon prepares response with mobilising of troops and military machinery in the region. Nationalist professor reprimands Japan.

| 03/02/2022
| RED LANTERNS
by Emanuele Scimia

​Beijing officially supports Russian security demands. However, Beijing needs a stable Europe for its own economy. Kiev is a Chinese partner in the Belt and Road Initiative. A Russian-Ukrainian conflict would test the strategic partnership between the Chinese giant and the Kremlin.

 

| 27/01/2022
| RED LANTERNS

Agreement to reduce fuel prices by freeing up some of their strategic oil reserves is set to come into force. Beijing the first buyer of US natural gas liquids. US businesses go where they make money, a logic that appeals to Chinese companies. Biden blocked by Congress for greater openness to Xi Jinping.

 

| 20/01/2022
| RED LANTERNS
by Emanuele Scimia

The island is the world's largest producer of the precious components used for key civil and military technologies. Both China and the USA depend on Taiwanese production. A Chinese invasion would endanger the global tech supply chain. But experts warn "microchip policy" cannot exclude the outbreak of a conflict.

| 13/01/2022
| RED LANTERNS
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