Carrie Gracie

Carrie Gracie China editor

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China week: Football dreams and lessons from Zhou

  • 23 January 2015
  • From the section Asia
China's Sun Ke and Australia's Mathew Leckie fight for the ball during the quarter-final football match between Australia and China at the AFC Asian Cup in Brisbane on 22 January, 2015
China proved to be a strong contender at the 2015 Asian Cup

This week, a lesson from Chinese football fans in setting expectations at rock bottom so that you can be pleasantly surprised by reality.

Asian Cup hosts Australia trounced China in the quarter finals on Thursday night, but not before the team had astonished their downtrodden fans by winning three qualifiers.

One of the country's richest men was also doing his bit this week for China's football dream this week.

Real estate magnate Wang Jianlin bought a 20% stake in Atletico Madrid for 45m euros ($50m; £34m).

As he posed for photos with the famous red and white shirt, Mr Wang said he wanted to provide young Chinese players with exposure to top-tier football.

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China Week: Press freedom and corruption

  • 16 January 2015
  • From the section China
A man holds a sign in French that reads, 'I am Charlie' at the start of the Unity rally on 11 January, 2015 in Paris
The attack on the Charlie Hebdo Paris office has sparked various debates over press freedom - even in China

All over the world, the Charlie Hebdo killings have provoked a debate about the defence of press freedom. But in one of the most tightly censored countries in the world, the discussion looked somewhat different.

In fact, as "Je Suis Charlie" selfies continued to spread around the world, China's state news agency Xinhua came to the defence of censorship:

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China Week: Flag feud and luxury jackets

  • 9 January 2015
  • From the section China
A bouquet of flowers is placed for a New Year's Eve stampede victim at the site of the tragic accident in Shanghai, China on Tuesday, 6 January, 2015
The crush at New Year's Eve celebrations in Shanghai killed 36 people and injured 47 others

We're only a few days into the year and already in China, 2015 is a story of tragedy and comedy, intrigue and calculation.

Treating victims as enemies: a habit to break.

Let's start with the tragedy: the Shanghai Bund stampede of New Year's Eve.

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What's in store for China in 2015?

  • 30 December 2014
  • From the section China
Retired paramilitary policemen, who conduct the daily national flag raising and lowering ceremony on Tiananmen Square, salute to a Chinese national flag during a farewell ceremony in Beijing on 24 November, 2014
China has had a busy year - But what lies in store for it in 2015?

China's 2014 has been full of riddles and contradictions, but what's in store for 2015?

Economic reform

After postponing the pain in 2014, reform is the white knuckle ride for the year ahead.

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Has President Xi Jinping achieved his China Dream?

  • 19 December 2014
  • From the section China
A girl waves a Chinese flag on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on 1 October, 2014
Did China's Xi Jinping achieve his aspirations for the country in 2014?

A China year is never short of changes, but one things that stays the same is the leadership's love of a political slogan.

2014 was a year with two: The China Dream and The New Normal.

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Hong Kong protests: Has Beijing won?

  • 12 December 2014
  • From the section Asia
A cardboard cut-out of Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) carrying a yellow umbrella is seen at the pro-democracy movement's main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on 2 December 2014
Protesters erected a cut-out of China's President Xi Jinping in Admiralty, before the site was cleared

Some say Xi Jinping has won in Hong Kong. I doubt if that's how he sees it.

As he watches pictures of traffic flowing through the heart of Admiralty today, he will certainly feel relieved that he didn't lose. But he is fighting a multi-level multi-player game. He has merely survived a level.

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Xinjiang: Has China's crackdown on 'terrorism' worked?

  • 2 January 2015
  • From the section Asia

"Kashgar is not stable."

The words of a paramilitary police officer as he marched past me under the statue of Chairman Mao in China's westernmost city.

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The twilight world of China's wild west

  • 7 December 2014
  • From the section Magazine
A scene in the city of Kashgar

China says it is facing a growing threat from militant Islam. It is in the midst of a year-long crackdown on what it describes as terrorism driven by religious extremism. The campaign is focused on the western province of Xinjiang, home to China's Uighur ethnic minority, who are predominantly Muslim.

This is a story about China's wild west, a place where different rules apply.

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Xi cages big tiger in anti-corruption drive

  • 6 December 2014
  • From the section Asia
Former Public Security Minister Zhou Yongkang (File pic from 2007)
Few will shed tears over the arrest of former Chinese security chief Zhou Yongkang

There were some who doubted that Xi Jinping had the nerve or the power to push this to a criminal trial.

China's president has answered them - and fast. A little over four months from the announcement of the party's internal investigation into Zhou Yongkang to criminal proceedings now.

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China Week: 'Peng Mama' and 'can-do spirit'

  • 5 December 2014
  • From the section Asia
China's First Lady Peng Liyuan attends a luncheon in Auckland, New Zealand on 21 November, 2014
Another video involving China's First Lady Peng Liyuan makes headlines this week

I've been on the road in Xinjiang this week, half my attention on the stories I'm trying to cover from Kashgar and the other half anxiously scanning the horizon back east.

Because we have to renounce our passports for three weeks to renew our resident journalist credentials, we're unable to get to Hong Kong right now.

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About Carrie

Carrie has been reporting China for the BBC for 25 years. She was based in Beijing as a correspondent for most of the 1990s.

She covered the 2008 Olympics and has made many radio and TV documentaries including the award winning White Horse Village series.

Carrie has presented many of the BBC's flagship news and current affairs programmes and has a degree in Chinese.

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