On Monday, those pressures appeared to boil over as Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that she would not seek a second five-year term.
For Alexandra Stevenson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Two years into the pandemic, China’s 1.4 billion people still don’t have access to one of the most effective coronavirus vaccines the world has to offer.
The U.S. and a handful of other nations may have declared a "diplomatic boycott” of the Winter Games, but some of the world’s most famous brands will still be there.
A ratings agency’s declaration confirmed what investors had already suspected, but they now must wait on a restructuring plan overseen by the firm hand of Beijing.
In China, 84 million boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 11, about half of the eligible population, have received the first of two COVID-19 vaccine shots.
With plenty of its own money and a greater desire to control the private sector, Beijing is pushing its companies to tap investors closer to home.
Peng Shuai’s case is the first #MeToo accusation leveled against someone within the highest ranks of power in China.