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Carrie Gracie

Carrie Gracie China editor

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The man protecting China's elephants

  • 4 March 2015
  • From the section China
Prince William meets a rescued elephant called "Ran Ran" at the Xishuangbanna Elephant Sanctuary on 4 March, 2015
The prince visited an elephant sanctuary on the final day of his tour in China

Prince William kept the best for last. After two days of diplomatic pleasantries and ribbon cutting, his third and final day of engagements in China included delivering a basket of carrots to a 13-year-old Asian elephant called Ran Ran.

The prince does a lot of charity work to highlight elephant poaching and the trade in ivory.

At the elephant sanctuary in southwest Yunnan province, he heard about the dangers to China's remaining 250 wild elephants.

Ran Ran herself was found in 2005 with her leg in an iron trap.

But as Prince William heard from local conservationists and forestry police, the greatest threat to China's wild elephants is no longer poaching but habitat destruction.

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The prince and the Party: Five elephants in the room

  • 28 February 2015
  • From the section China
Photo taken on November 18, 2010 shows a male elephant grazing at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, based in Isiolo, where Britain's Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton were staying before the engagement while on holiday in Kenya last month.
There are a few topics that Prince William is not likely to mention during his visit to China

On Sunday evening, Prince William arrives in Beijing at the start of a three day visit to China.

At state level, the objective is to promote brand Britain, and at a personal level, it's an opportunity to talk about his abiding passion: elephant protection.

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China week: Lunar New Year satire and the 'Power Queen'

  • 13 February 2015
  • From the section China

Money, money, money…. a big theme this week.

The headline number is $2.48m (£1.60m), sitting in a bank account in Switzerland in the name of Li Xiaolin.

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China week: A miscarriage of justice and a cyber crackdown

  • 6 February 2015
  • From the section China

I'm writing from the back seat of a Chinese police car.

An interesting enough location you might think, but the novelty wears off if you sit in gridlocked traffic for long enough, and I can now report first-hand that however magisterial the Chinese state, its citizens, when stuck in traffic, do not readily give way for a police car.

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China week: Beijing's long commute and Shanghai's baby count

  • 30 January 2015
  • From the section China
People wait for a subway at Sihui East Station during the first weekday after the subway adopted a new fare policy on 29 December 2014 in Beijing, China
Beijingers on average have a longer commute than even New Yorkers

This week we learned that urban China is getting right up there on a new parameter of inconvenient city living: length of commute.

Internet search engine Baidu has done a survey of three million citizens in 300 cities and announced that Beijing has the longest average commute in China at 52 minutes, which is longer even than New York.

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China week: Football dreams and lessons from Zhou

  • 23 January 2015
  • From the section China
China's Sun Ke and Australia's Mathew Leckie fight for the ball during the quarter-final football match between Australia and China at the AFC Asian Cup in Brisbane on 22 January, 2015
China proved to be a strong contender at the 2015 Asian Cup

This week, a lesson from Chinese football fans in setting expectations at rock bottom so that you can be pleasantly surprised by reality.

Asian Cup hosts Australia trounced China in the quarter finals on Thursday night, but not before the team had astonished their downtrodden fans by winning three qualifiers.

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China Week: Press freedom and corruption

  • 16 January 2015
  • From the section China
A man holds a sign in French that reads, 'I am Charlie' at the start of the Unity rally on 11 January, 2015 in Paris
The attack on the Charlie Hebdo Paris office has sparked various debates over press freedom - even in China

All over the world, the Charlie Hebdo killings have provoked a debate about the defence of press freedom. But in one of the most tightly censored countries in the world, the discussion looked somewhat different.

In fact, as "Je Suis Charlie" selfies continued to spread around the world, China's state news agency Xinhua came to the defence of censorship:

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China Week: Flag feud and luxury jackets

  • 9 January 2015
  • From the section China
A bouquet of flowers is placed for a New Year's Eve stampede victim at the site of the tragic accident in Shanghai, China on Tuesday, 6 January, 2015
The crush at New Year's Eve celebrations in Shanghai killed 36 people and injured 47 others

We're only a few days into the year and already in China, 2015 is a story of tragedy and comedy, intrigue and calculation.

Treating victims as enemies: a habit to break.

Let's start with the tragedy: the Shanghai Bund stampede of New Year's Eve.

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What's in store for China in 2015?

  • 30 December 2014
  • From the section China
Retired paramilitary policemen, who conduct the daily national flag raising and lowering ceremony on Tiananmen Square, salute to a Chinese national flag during a farewell ceremony in Beijing on 24 November, 2014
China has had a busy year - But what lies in store for it in 2015?

China's 2014 has been full of riddles and contradictions, but what's in store for 2015?

Economic reform

After postponing the pain in 2014, reform is the white knuckle ride for the year ahead.

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Has President Xi Jinping achieved his China Dream?

  • 19 December 2014
  • From the section China
A girl waves a Chinese flag on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on 1 October, 2014
Did China's Xi Jinping achieve his aspirations for the country in 2014?

A China year is never short of changes, but one things that stays the same is the leadership's love of a political slogan.

2014 was a year with two: The China Dream and The New Normal.

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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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