Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
Bethany is the China reporter at Axios. She is the author of the weekly Axios China newsletter, and she covers Beijing's influence and intentions.Source
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China and Russia vaccinate the world — for now

China and Russia vaccinate the world — for now

Illustration: Aïda Amer/AxiosWhile the U.S. and Europe focus on vaccinating their own populations, China and Russia are sending millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses to countries around the world.Why it matters: China's double success in controlling its domestic outbreak and producing several viable vaccines has allowed it to focus on providing doses abroad — an effort that could help to save lives across several continents.By the numbers: China has vaccines to 20 countries, including across South America and Africa, and has plans to send doses to at least 40 more, according to a Chinese...

Mar 2
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New geopolitical fears surround 2022 Beijing Olympics

New geopolitical fears surround 2022 Beijing Olympics

Illustration: Aïda Amer/AxiosGlobal fears of China's authoritarian rise are overshadowing the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing and sparking calls for a boycott. Why it matters: By openly flouting human rights norms while claiming leadership of the international system, China is cracking the foundation upon which global traditions such as the Olympics are based.Driving the news: A coalition of 180 rights groups have for a traditional boycott of the Beijing 2022 Olympics, citing human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in China.The Beijing 2008 Summer Games were China's...

Feb 9
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Former Google CEO and others call for U.S.-China tech "bifurcation"

Former Google CEO and others call for U.S.-China tech "bifurcation"

Illustration: Aïda Amer/AxiosA new set of proposals by a group of influential D.C. insiders and tech industry practitioners calling for a degree of "bifurcation" in the U.S. and Chinese tech sectors is circulating in the Biden administration. Axios has a copy.Why it matters: The idea of "decoupling" certain sectors of the U.S. and Chinese economies felt radical three years ago, when Trump's trade war brought the term into common parlance. But now the strategy has growing bipartisan and even industry support.The report, called "Asymmetric Competition: A Strategy for China & Technology," was...

Jan 26
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U.S. declares China's actions against Uighurs "genocide"

U.S. declares China's actions against Uighurs "genocide"

A protester in London. Photo Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via GettyWith just one day left in President Trump's term, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has officially determined that China's campaign of mass internment, forced labor and forced sterilization of over 1 million Muslim minorities in Xinjiang constitutes "genocide" and "crimes against humanity."Why it matters: The U.S. has become the first country to adopt these terms to describe the Chinese Communist Party's gross human rights abuses in its far northwest.What they're saying: "After careful examination of the available facts, I have...

Jan 19
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The scope of China's use of forced labor in Xinjiang is bigger than we knew

The scope of China's use of forced labor in Xinjiang is bigger than we knew

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/AxiosChina has constructed a vast string of factories inside the walls of Xinjiang mass internment camps, and Chinese authorities are forcing thousands of Muslim minorities to work in cotton fields, according to two recent investigations.Why it matters: Xinjiang products are deeply integrated into lucrative supply chains around the world. The Chinese Communist Party's official embrace of coerced labor will force Western governments and institutions to choose between pleasing business leaders or enforcing universal human rights values.Details: In the past three...

Jan 5
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Trump administration declassifies unconfirmed intel on Chinese bounties

Trump administration declassifies unconfirmed intel on Chinese bounties

Trump speaks during a press conference on China in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 29. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty ImagesThe Trump administration is declassifying as-yet uncorroborated intelligence, recently briefed to President Trump, that indicates China offered to pay non-state actors in Afghanistan to attack American soldiers, two senior administration officials tell Axios.The big picture: The disclosure of this unconfirmed intelligence comes 21 days before the end of Trump's presidency, after he has vowed to pressure on China, and months after news s indicated that the...

Dec 30
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A Chinese Communist Party think tank staffer offered to pay for sources

A Chinese Communist Party think tank staffer offered to pay for sources

A screenshot of Aaron Shen's LinkedIn account before he deleted it. Image source: LinkedInA person on LinkedIn claiming to work for a think tank run by a high-ranking Chinese Communist Party department recently offered financial compensation for the names of my sources and for reports about the incoming Biden's administration's views on China.Why it matters: It was a surprisingly clumsy attempt to gain insider information about the U.S. government's China policy, suggesting that amid a chill in U.S.-China relations and a global pandemic, it's gotten harder for people in Beijing to know...

Dec 22
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Exclusive: How a suspected Chinese spy gained access to California politics

Exclusive: How a suspected Chinese spy gained access to California politics

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/AxiosA suspected Chinese intelligence operative developed extensive ties with local and national politicians, including a U.S. congressman, in what U.S. officials believe was a political intelligence operation run by China’s main civilian spy agency between 2011 and 2015, Axios found in a yearlong investigation.Why it matters: The alleged operation offers a rare window into how Beijing has tried to gain access to and influence U.S. political circles.The woman at the center of the operation, a Chinese national named Fang Fang or Christine Fang, targeted...

Dec 8
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Scoop: Trump plans last-minute China crackdown

Scoop: Trump plans last-minute China crackdown

Illustration: Aïda Amer/AxiosPresident Trump will enact a series of hardline policies during his final 10 weeks to cement his legacy on China, senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the plans tells Axios. Why it matters: He'll try to make it politically untenable for the Biden administration to change course as China acts aggressively from India to Hong Kong to Taiwan, and the pandemic triggers a second global wave of shutdowns.Details: Trump officials plan to sanction or restrict trade with more Chinese companies, government entities and officials for alleged complicity...

Nov 15
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Exclusive: German official quashed intelligence report on China's influence

Exclusive: German official quashed intelligence report on China's influence

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/AxiosA high-ranking German official suppressed a sensitive intelligence report in 2018 on China’s growing influence in Germany out of fear it would damage business ties with China, Axios has learned.Why it matters: Business interests have long shaped Germany’s relationship with China, to the detriment of human rights concerns and even national security. Details: The highly sensitive report, completed in 2018, examined the Chinese government’s attempts to influence every level of German government, society and business, according to two former U.S. intelligence...

October 6, 2020
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