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Carrie Gracie

Carrie Gracie BBC China editor

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World Internet Conference: Has China overcome paranoia?

  • 20 November 2014
  • From the section China

The slogan at China's first World Internet Conference:

"An interconnected world shared and governed by all."

By which China means not dominated by American companies, governance or worldview.

If the internet is the biggest revolution in information technology for 500 years and the rise of China is the biggest transfer of global economic power in the same period, then China's first global internet conference is the signal that Beijing intends to put these world-changing forces in harness together.

The setting is improbable.

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China Week: Summit season

  • 14 November 2014
  • From the section China
A handout picture released by Xinhua shows Chinese President Xi Jinping walk to plant trees with other leaders and representatives from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation to mark friendship in the APEC family in Beijing, China on 11 November 2014
China's leader spared no expense in welcoming world leaders to Beijing

Sick of summitry?

If you are, spare a thought for China's leader Xi Jinping.

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US and China: The great game is on

  • 11 November 2014
  • From the section China
US President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping as he arrives for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders meeting at Yanqi Lake, north of Beijing on 11 November 2014.
The two leaders' meeting at the Apec summit once again underscored the countries' rivalry

Fireworks and a rolling red road, President Obama in a Mao suit, China pushing economic and security institutions that bypass the regional order underwritten by the United States. The overwhelming impression from this Apec summit is that President Xi is giving his "China Dream" symbols and substance, and that the great game is on between existing and would-be superpower.

The last big American game in town before President Obama was the Brooklyn Nets against the Sacramento Kings.

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The credo: Great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation

  • 7 November 2014
  • From the section China

At October's top level Communist Party meeting in Beijing, President Xi Jinping set out his vision for China's governance.

There will be little space for civil society, no Western-style democracy and no listening to "well-fed foreigners who have nothing better to do than to lecture us".

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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