Joel Wing-Lun is a Research Associate in the Lowy Institute's East Asia Program.
- A migrant worker describes how he was caught up in the anti-Japanese protests over disputed islands that rocked Shenzhen and other major cities last September.
- Chinese officials are rushing to sell off luxury apartments as Xi Jinping continues to talk tough on corruption.
- With major cities wreathed in smog, an argument for why China's growth is (environmentally) unsustainable.
- As Chinese New Year approaches, the government is bracing for 3.4 billion train journeys over 40 days, and a further 3.1 billion journeys by bus (slideshow). With China's new train-ticketing website, which cost more than US$80 million, still experiencing difficulties, the government is cracking down on plugins that offer an alternative to the official site.
- China will train the Cambodian army, a move likely to rattle its ASEAN neighbours.
- As tastes change in China, tea farmers in Yunnan province are switching to coffee.
- Another milestone for Chinese aviation, with the first flight of an indigenous heavy military transport plane. The engines, though, are Russian.