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Carrie Gracie

Carrie Gracie BBC China editor

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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.

The China Dream was not strictly a 2014 slogan but this year saw it put on weight.

It's counter-intuitive to suggest that a dream should feature a succession of handcuffed middle-aged men weeping piteously in a courtroom, but the dream narrative could not possibly take hold amidst the greed, cynicism and depravity of the Party machine which Xi Jinping inherited from his predecessors.

So his China Dream had to be launched on a tide of tearful corruption confessions.

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Hong Kong protests: Has Beijing won?

  • 12 December 2014
  • From the section Asia
A cardboard cut-out of Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) carrying a yellow umbrella is seen at the pro-democracy movement's main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on 2 December 2014
Protesters erected a cut-out of China's President Xi Jinping in Admiralty, before the site was cleared

Some say Xi Jinping has won in Hong Kong. I doubt if that's how he sees it.

As he watches pictures of traffic flowing through the heart of Admiralty today, he will certainly feel relieved that he didn't lose. But he is fighting a multi-level multi-player game. He has merely survived a level.

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Xinjiang: Has China's crackdown on 'terrorism' worked?

  • 8 December 2014
  • From the section Asia
Armed Chinese police patrol the streets of the Muslim Uighur quarter in Urumqi on 29 June, 2013
China has stepped up security in parts of Xinjiang following several violent attacks

"Kashgar is not stable." The words of a paramilitary police officer as he marched past me under the statue of Chairman Mao in China's westernmost city.

It was the answer to my question: "Why are there so many armoured trucks, so many armed police, so many dogs?"

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The twilight world of China's wild west

  • 7 December 2014
  • From the section Magazine
A scene in the city of Kashgar

China says it is facing a growing threat from militant Islam. It is in the midst of a year-long crackdown on what it describes as terrorism driven by religious extremism. The campaign is focused on the western province of Xinjiang, home to China's Uighur ethnic minority, who are predominantly Muslim.

This is a story about China's wild west, a place where different rules apply.

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Xi cages big tiger in anti-corruption drive

  • 6 December 2014
  • From the section Asia
Former Public Security Minister Zhou Yongkang (File pic from 2007)
Few will shed tears over the arrest of former Chinese security chief Zhou Yongkang

There were some who doubted that Xi Jinping had the nerve or the power to push this to a criminal trial.

China's president has answered them - and fast. A little over four months from the announcement of the party's internal investigation into Zhou Yongkang to criminal proceedings now.

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China Week: 'Peng Mama' and 'can-do spirit'

  • 5 December 2014
  • From the section Asia
China's First Lady Peng Liyuan attends a luncheon in Auckland, New Zealand on 21 November, 2014
Another video involving China's First Lady Peng Liyuan makes headlines this week

I've been on the road in Xinjiang this week, half my attention on the stories I'm trying to cover from Kashgar and the other half anxiously scanning the horizon back east.

Because we have to renounce our passports for three weeks to renew our resident journalist credentials, we're unable to get to Hong Kong right now.

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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."

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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".

Read full article The credo: Great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation

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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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