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China

China as the leader of an ecological civilization

Yifei Li, Judith Shapiro Polity: China Goes Green – Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY: The future of the world depends on China taking its environmental commitments seriously

Being threatened with death can make most people keep a low profile

FREEDOM OF SPEECH: The opportunity to say something is always very limited, says MODERN TIMES 'regular writer in this essay about different authorities' use of force. Away from today's mass media, an "underground" network of intellectuals has now emerged, including experienced journalists, intelligence officers, renowned professors and politicians.

Trojan horses for Chinese intelligence?

HUAWEI: The United States is as believing as China in using national technology as a means of mass surveillance and political manipulation.

A manifesto for democracy and human rights

Joshua Wong and Jason Y.Ng: Unfree Speech: The Threat to Global Democracy and Why We Must Act, Now

REBEL: Joshua Wong started a protest movement against the Chinese authorities, but was refused to stand for election in Hong Kong.

Recommended literature this summer

: Recommended books

: Book tips MODERN TIMES's critics and editors recommend books for the summer holidays.

Information totalitarianism

Self Straight?: The companies behind platforms, smartphones and the Internet of Things are constantly tracking all our movements. With a digital footprint, one can determine a person's access to credit, transportation, social services or health care. We lose our individual freedom and autonomy.

Where are we going now?

: Is globalization an evil that should now be fought? No, it's more nuanced. We who have an international orientering looks with fear at how international cooperation is now weakening with the pandemic.

Chinese loyalty clashes with American tradition on the factory floor

Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert: American Factory

GLOBALIZATION: American Factory offers cultural collision and fraternization between workers from high-tech China and American working class.

The pandemic will create a new world order

Mike Davis: According to activist and historian Mike Davis, in wild reservoirs, such as bats, up to 400 types of coronavirus are just waiting to be transmitted to other animals and humans.

2050: Earth is our wisest teacher

SCENARIO: Imagine, it's the year 2050, and we look back at the origins and development of the coronavirus pandemic in the last three decades: both the plagues of pandemics, flooded cities, burned forest areas, droughts and other increasingly violent climate disasters. We offer the following scenario for such a prospect from the future.

Berlin stinks

BERLINALE: There is really something lurking behind the films at the Berlinale this year.

The big backdrop world

Yu Hua Translator Anne Wedell-Wedellsborg: China in ten words

CHINA: Yu Hua shows how today's economy-driven China in 40 years has moved from a peasant society to the most economically powerful country