SPIEGEL ONLINE - 31.08.2012
During her two-day visit to China, German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to get Beijing on board for her efforts to rescue the euro. The Chinese leadership sees Germany as leading the European fight against the crisis. German commentators warn that Berlin should not let itself be seduced by Beijing's attention. more... [ Forum ]
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 31.08.2012
Chancellor Angela Merkel used to be unafraid of irking China. These days, though, she has become wary of openly criticizing the country's human rights record or its ongoing support of the regime in Syria. China's growing wealth and Europe's own difficulties, it would seem, have made her less assertive. A Commentary by Wieland Wagner in Beijing more...
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 29.08.2012
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and much of her cabinet are headed to Beijing on Thursday for a two-day diplomatic offensive. China has quickly become one of Germany's key partners, but several heated disagreements remained to be solved. By Markus Deggerich, Ralf Neukirch and Wieland Wagner more...
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 07.05.2012
Blind Chinese civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng caused tension between the US and China when he sought refuge at the US Embassy after escaping from house arrest. In a SPIEGEL interview, Chen talks about the threats against his family and his desire to leave China as quickly as possible. more... [ Forum ]
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 03.05.2012
A US-Chinese agreement reached on the fate of Chen Guangcheng has collapsed after the blind activist unexpectedly asked for asylum in the US on Thursday. The human rights case is taxing diplomatic relations between the two countries. German editorialists on Thursday discuss its implications. more...
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 08.12.2011
China's leaders are currently contending with declining demand, rising debt and a real estate bubble. Some factories are laying off workers, suffering financial losses or even closing as orders from crisis-plagued Europe dry up. The economic strains are frustrating workers and consumers in the country, threatening the political establishment and Beijing's economic miracle. By Wieland Wagner more...
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 17.11.2011
Chinese poet Liao Yiwu recently moved to Germany, where his books are best-sellers. His self-imposed exile has allowed him to finally publish his memoir, which reveals the abuses and torture he suffered during his years in prison. The book is a shocking indictment of the Chinese justice system. By Susanne Beyer more... [ Forum ]
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 07.11.2011
A Chinese crackdown on dissidents earlier this year included jail time for Ai Weiwei, who rose to world prominence as a co-designer of the "Bird's Nest" stadium in Beijing. After trying to leave in April -- and criticizing Beijing as corrupt -- Ai faces a massive claim for back taxes. His fans are helping. more...
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 25.08.2011
The Dalai Lama has officially retired from politics, claiming he wants to live as a "simple monk." It's a watershed moment for Tibet, amid fears of Chinese meddling and controversy over the new generation of leaders. Meanwhile the Chinese authorities continue to brutally crack down on protests by Tibetan monks. By Erich Follath in Dharamsala, India more... [ Forum ]
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 06.07.2011
For decades, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, 88, has been a keen observer of China. He spoke with SPIEGEL about his encounters with Mao Tse-tung, the future of the Chinese Communist Party and the growing rivalry between Beijing and Washington. more... [ Forum ]