James Griffiths, The Globe and Mail

James Griffiths

The Globe and Mail

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Recent articles by James:

The Peng Shuai scandal has quickly become a public relations disaster for the Chinese government

The Beijing Winter Olympics are just around the corner, and China was already facing calls for a boycott before Ms. Peng disappeared → Read More

WTA threatens to pull out of China if missing tennis star Peng Shuai not accounted for

Peng has not been seen in public and her current whereabouts are unknown after she publicly accused China’s former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli of sexually assaulting her → Read More

Tennis association demands proof missing Chinese tennis star is safe after state media publishes alleged letter

Peng Shuai has not been seen in public and her current whereabouts are unknown after she publicly accused China’s former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli of sexually assaulting her → Read More

China’s Xi hails virtual summit with ‘old friend’ Biden, but warns U.S. not to ‘play with fire’ over Taiwan

Cordial conversation may give ammunition to Biden’s critics, who want a tougher stance on China, ahead of crucial midterm elections next year → Read More

U.S. President Biden, China’s Xi to meet virtually amid tension over Taiwan, South China Sea

Tensions between China and the United States have risen this year over Taiwan, the South China Sea and Beijing’s growing nuclear arsenal → Read More

Hong Kong refuses visa to Economist reporter, raising press freedom concerns

Hong Kong immigration authorities refused to renew visa of Economist reporter ‘without explanation,’ magazine’s editor-in-chief says → Read More

China’s Xi Jinping secures his place in history as most powerful leader since Mao

China’s Communist Party approved a rare resolution on Thursday elevating President Xi Jinping’s status in history, in a move seen as consolidating his authority and likelihood of securing an unprecedented third leadership term next year → Read More

Signs of a thawing U.S.-China relationship in agreement to cut emissions at COP 26, upcoming Biden-Xi summit

A deal announced by climate envoys John Kerry and Xie Zhenhua in a joint press conference will see Washington and Beijing ramp up cooperation in tackling climate change → Read More

Chinese overseas turn to private security companies to protect them as they become a target for crime and terrorism

Thousands of Chinese workers live in the DRC, mainly in the mineral-rich east and south, and with that increased presence comes greater risk → Read More

On India and China’s fluid frontier, military tensions are high as global defence alliances shift

The Line of Actual Control is more unstable than it sounds like, and recent shows of force have raised concerns about what two nuclear nations might do there next → Read More

Journalists in China warn about lack of press freedoms ahead of Beijing 2022

Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China criticized the ‘lack of transparency and clarity’ from Olympic organizers and the IOC → Read More

Chinese censors delete sexual assault allegations by tennis star Peng Shuai against former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli

Peng said the alleged assault occurred in Zhang’s house, when he was working in Tianjin, ‘more than ten years ago’ → Read More

Chinese border town Ruili ‘ruthlessly looted’ after nearly 200 days of COVID-19 lockdown

No other city has more painfully borne the brunt of China’s zero COVID-19 strategy, which aims to speedily suppress any suspected outbreak → Read More

China’s commitments in reducing overall emissions more crucial in light of economic and energy challenges

The participation of China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, is vital to hitting the Paris Agreement’s climate goals → Read More

Chinese foreign minister meets Taliban officials as Afghan Islamic State affiliate appears to adopt Uyghur cause

According to state media, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi pressed for assurances the Taliban was ‘making a clean break’ with the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which Beijing has long blamed for terror attacks and unrest in China, particularly in the western region of Xinjiang → Read More

Hong Kong to spend more than $1.2-billion on national security, but with little oversight

The spending represents another way in which Hong Kong has come to resemble mainland China since Beijing imposed a national security law on the city last year → Read More

China’s Xi Jinping prepares to rewrite Communist Party history, with himself on top

Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to defy precedent and secure a third term as leader during next year’s party congress → Read More

Artist fights to preserve Pillar of Shame Tiananmen memorial as Hong Kong University demands removal

Critics say Hong Kong University is ‘bowing down to the post-National Security Law reality’ by requesting that the statue, a symbol of the city’s autonomy from mainland China, be removed → Read More

For asylum seekers, Hong Kong is easy to reach but hard to stay in thanks to Kafkaesque policies

Permissive visitor visas make this Chinese-held city seem like a haven for people fleeing persecution across Asia and Africa – but once there, bureaucracy and a lack of legal protections can make it a nightmare → Read More

In China, a worsening energy crisis highlights dependence on coal as it tries to transition to green sources

Beijing promised to stop funding coal plants overseas to fight climate change, but an energy crisis is causing a spike in production at home → Read More