Latest from Christian Shepherd

Countries are reopening borders. But China isn’t ready to live with the coronavirus.

With the Olympics and political pageantry coming up, Beijing is showing no sign that it is prepared to begin treating the virus as endemic.
  • Oct 27, 2021

China’s overseas coal ban raises pressure on developing countries to go green

The approach, while welcomed by climate activists, leaves poorer nations in even greater need of a quick transition to renewable energy.
  • Oct 22, 2021

Americans vanquished, China triumphant: 2021’s hit war epic doesn’t fit Hollywood script

In a climate of ascendant nationalism tinged with anti-American sentiment, it’s easy to see why “The Battle at Lake Changjin” is a hit with Chinese audiences.
  • Oct 14, 2021

China warns United States over news reports that American forces are stationed in Taiwan

The revelation threatens to set off a spiral of military tension as the United States and its allies counter Chinese efforts to gain a military advantage in the region.
  • Oct 8, 2021

Are Biden and Xi forging a tentative U.S.-China detente? It’s complicated.

Small diplomatic breakthroughs have fueled hope that the world’s two largest economies have placed a floor — albeit a fragile one — under the spat.
  • Oct 7, 2021

Chinese jets menace Taiwan, pressuring U.S. support of island’s defenses

The displays of military strength place the democratic island at the center of efforts by the United States and its allies to counter Beijing’s aggression.
  • Oct 6, 2021

China’s power outages shut down factories, fuel climate goal pushback

Amid confusion over what caused the blackouts and how long they might last, influential commentators started to blame the country’s emissions-reduction targets.
  • Sep 30, 2021

China’s ‘controlled demolition’ plan for Evergrande marks the end of its housing boom

The knock-on effects of slower Chinese growth would be felt around the world, though so far financial fallout seems likely to be contained.
  • Sep 29, 2021

China’s Evergrande, facing collapse under debt mountain, decides silence is golden

Giant developer that rode the Chinese housing boom missed a key interest payment and could be declared in default in less than a month.
  • Sep 24, 2021