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Carrie Gracie

Carrie Gracie BBC China editor

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China Week: Emissions, executions and broken dreams

  • 24 October 2014
  • From the section China
US President Barack Obama is greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping for a bilateral meeting in Saint Petersburg on 6 September, 2013 on the sidelines of the G20 summit
Mr Obama and Mr Xi are due to meet in Beijing soon

It's a full two weeks until Chinese President Xi Jinping hosts US President Obama in Beijing, but the Chinese news agenda already feels full of Americans.

In Hong Kong, there's Kenny G with or without sax and umbrella, and in Beijing there's Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg launching a charm offensive in valiant Mandarin.

But even when China's not directly talking to or about Americans, it's thinking about them.

And for China's chief ideologues, a lot of energy goes into being "not the United States".

'Broken American Dream'

For example, this week saw a new twist in an arcane ideological story set rolling by Mr Xi.

Read full article China Week: Emissions, executions and broken dreams

Caught in the crosshairs of China's corruption campaign

  • 19 October 2014
  • From the section China
Dong Xuegang
Dong Xuegang jumped to his death in September after being questioned about corruption

To China and the world, Dong Xuegang is just a number.

Data are incomplete, but suggest the suicide rate among Communist Party and government officials may be 30% above the rest of China's urban population.

Read full article Caught in the crosshairs of China's corruption campaign

China Week: Confrontation, mainland-style

  • 17 October 2014
  • From the section China

Convulsions in Hong Kong continue to reverberate through the politics of the mainland this week, even when Hong Kong is not the focus of the story.

Take two episodes in south-west China, for example.

Mass protest, mainland style

Villagers guard the entrance to Fuyou village next to the Chinese national flag in Jinning county, Kunming, Yunnan province on 15 October, 2014
The incident at Fuyou village in China's Yunnan province left six workers and two villagers dead

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Can China become a leading global innovator?

  • 9 October 2014
  • From the section Asia
This picture taken on 28 March, 2013 shows a sticker reading ''Made in China'' on a computer's motherboard
Can China shed its 'factory of the world' image to become a global innovator?

Assembled in China but designed in California, Japan, or Europe. That's been the story of China's economic rise for the past 30 years.

Few if any of China's companies are considered innovative by global standards - and Nobel prizes for science remain frustratingly elusive.

Read full article Can China become a leading global innovator?

Hong Kong protests: China's guide to democracy

  • 6 October 2014
  • From the section Asia
China's National Day celebrations 4 October 2014
China is celebrating 65 years since Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China

Quiz question: What has been the top trending story on China's social media this week? Wrong answer: Hong Kong. Correct answer: People named 'Guoqing', which in Chinese means 'national celebration'.

On Tuesday China winds up a weeklong public holiday to mark National Day, the anniversary of the 1949 Revolution when the Communist Party came to power. Since then, the Party has imposed tight control over the media, and at times of crisis the room for nuanced reporting shrinks to zero.

Read full article Hong Kong protests: China's guide to democracy

Hong Kong protests: If Hong Kong leader CY Leung agreed to an interview...

  • 4 October 2014
  • From the section Asia
A defaced placard of Hong Kong chief CY Leung near the government's headquarters on 3 October 2014 HQ on 3 October 2014
CY Leung is called "689" by the protesters in reference to the number of votes cast to elect him

We've put in many bids to interview Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung but our requests have been ignored. Given the chance, I'd ask these three questions.

My first question would be: Why do they hate you so much?

Read full article Hong Kong protests: If Hong Kong leader CY Leung agreed to an interview...

Carrie Gracie: 12 hours of Hong Kong protests

  • 1 October 2014
  • From the section Asia
Protesters gather around the Golden Bauhinia Square before an official flag raising ceremony to commemorate the Chinese National Day in Hong Kong, on 1 October, 2014
The largely peaceful protests continued on into Wednesday, the start of China's National Day celebrations

Twelve hours in the life of the BBC China Editor: National Day, the Hong Kong perspective.

02:00 Fall into bed after editing an overnight news film.

Read full article Carrie Gracie: 12 hours of Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong protests hit uncharted territory

  • 30 September 2014
  • From the section China
Signs that read "Tear gas only makes Hong Kong cry harder" and "We serve HK; who do you serve?" are seen tied to a fence in front of the central government offices in Hong Kong on 30 September 2014
Beijing has ruled out free elections for Hong Kong - but is there any room for a compromise?

If this is going to end well, someone subtle is going to have to start shuttling between the street, Hong Kong's local leaders and Beijing.

But today is probably not the moment for that. Because with a public holiday on Wednesday for China's national day, I suspect we're going to see the demonstrators want to test their strength.

Read full article Hong Kong protests hit uncharted territory

Hong Kong: 10 things Xi Jinping might be thinking

  • 28 September 2014
  • From the section Asia

Tensions are rising on the streets of Hong Kong. Back in Beijing, what might China's leader be thinking about the scenes on the streets?

1) 'I brought this on myself'

Beijing gave Hong Kong democrats not even a fig leaf of cover over the rules for nominating election candidates. Some warned that there would be trouble, but Xi Jinping clearly decided facing down protests now was preferable to risking the emergence of a local leader with real legitimacy. Today is the inevitable consequence of last month's announcement from the Chinese parliament about restrictions on universal suffrage, but it is also a direct political challenge to Beijing - and therefore a defining test for China's promise on one country, two systems.

2) 'I have to win'

Protesters near the government headquarters, 28 September
China's leaders will not want to give in to the protests

Read full article Hong Kong: 10 things Xi Jinping might be thinking

China Week: Making up and breaking up

  • 27 September 2014
  • From the section Asia
Audi
Carrie Gracie's Shanxi 'tiger hunting vehicle' has a touch of the anonymous

Sorry to be late. I have been out tiger hunting in Shanxi (frontline of the anti-corruption fight). The number plates on the Audi tell you the kind of crowd I have been mixing with! Other than that, here's what caught my eye this week.

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Making up… if Beijing gets its way

What an audacious moment for President Xi Jinping to embark on the theme of "one country two systems" with Taiwan! You cannot fault him for dramatic timing.

Students on strike stage a sit-in during a protest outside the Central Government Offices in Hong Kong, China (27 September 2014)
Hong Kong's democracy campaigners have already drawn their own conclusions about the prospects for further consultation

Read full article China Week: Making up and breaking up

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About Carrie

Carrie has been reporting China for the BBC for 25 years. She was based in Beijing as a correspondent for most of the 1990s.

She covered the 2008 Olympics and has made many radio and TV documentaries including the award winning White Horse Village series.

Carrie has presented many of the BBC's flagship news and current affairs programmes and has a degree in Chinese.

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