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Two of The Economist's China correspondents, Alice Su and David Rennie, analyse the stories at the heart of this vast country and examine its influence beyond its borders. They’ll be joined by our global network of correspondents and expert guests to examine how everything from party politics to business, technology and culture are reshaping China and the world. Published every Tuesday.
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Two of The Economist's China correspondents, Alice Su and David Rennie, analyse the stories at the heart of this vast country and examine its influence beyond its borders. They’ll be joined by our global network of correspondents and expert guests to examine how everything from party politics to business, technology and culture are reshaping China and the world. Published every Tuesday.
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    Run part two: How political is China’s “run” phenomenon?

    Run part two: How political is China’s “run” phenomenon?

    Fed up with a system they feel has let them down, blue-collar Chinese workers are moving to Japan. And they have bleak views about the society they’ve left behind.

    In the second episode of our series on why Chinese people are leaving their country, Alice Su, The Economist’s senior China correspondent and David Rennie, our Beijing bureau chief, ask: how political is the “run” phenomenon?

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    Run part one: Why are Chinese people running to Japan?

    Run part one: Why are Chinese people running to Japan?

    At the height of China’s zero-covid restrictions, a Chinese character that sounds like the English word “run” became a coded way of talking about emigration. Since then many Chinese people have left their country for better opportunities abroad.
    In the first episode of a three-part series on the “run” phenomenon, we travel to Japan and meet educated, urban Chinese who have made the decision to move. Alice Su, The Economist’s senior China correspondent and David Rennie, our Beijing bureau chief, ask: what does their choice say about the country they’ve left behind?
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    Drum Tower: How Alzheimer's will test China

    Drum Tower: How Alzheimer's will test China

    China is about to be hit by a wave of Alzheimer’s, as its population ages and shrinks. The disease will place great strains on Chinese society and test the country’s health-care system to its limits. David Rennie, The Economist’s Beijing bureau chief, and Alice Su, our senior China correspondent, ask: how will dementia expose China’s weak points?

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    Drum Tower: The ideal family

    Drum Tower: The ideal family

    China faces a demographic crisis. Its birth rate has halved over the last ten years. When asked about their ideal family size, many young women say they want one child or no children at all.

    David Rennie, The Economist’s Beijing bureau chief, and Alice Su, our senior China correspondent, consider the lingering effects of the one-child policy. Eight years after it ended, how does the policy affect how Chinese people imagine the ideal family size?

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    Drum Tower: Ramadan in Xinjiang

    Drum Tower: Ramadan in Xinjiang

    New religious regulations in Xinjiang stipulate that mosques should look Chinese and religious figures should behave patriotically. What do those rules look like on the ground, and did they affect Ramadan celebrations for Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities this year?

    David Rennie, The Economist’s Beijing bureau chief visited the far-western region to find out if people are still allowed to fast, and whether—contrary to what officials say—mosques really are being destroyed.

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    Drum Tower: South China Seaside

    Drum Tower: South China Seaside

    For centuries, most Chinese turned their back on the sea. But a boom in domestic tourism and the pandemic changed that. Now, whether they want the perfect seaside-selfie or to commune with nature, millions are heading to the beach for the very first time.

    Rosie Blau, The Economist’s international China correspondent, spends a day at Dameisha beach, on China’s southern tip, where she explores what China’s new beach culture reveals about the country today.

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