Xi Jinping: Digital 'little red book' tops App Store in China
- 15 February 2019
China's most popular app over the last few days has been one that's red in face and at heart.
With a scarlet logo reading "study" in Chinese, or "study Xi" as an ingenious pun, the app aims at shaping the nation's minds under Xi Jinping's presidency.
Launched on the first day of the year by the central propaganda department, members of the ruling Communist Party have been required to download and use it on a daily basis.
So have civil servants, state-owned company employees and public school teachers, even those who aren't Party members.
The app, "Study (Xi) Strong Country," started to climb up the rankings in late January and became the most downloaded free app on China's App Store on Tuesday, surpassing some phenomenally big hitters like WeChat and TikTok, known as Weixin and Douyin in the local market, according to mobile analytics firm App Annie.
Huawei confident in uncomfortable times
- 25 January 2019
Huawei has a public relations problem - to put it mildly.
Last week, Oxford University said it had decided to decline new research grants from the giant Chinese telecoms company.
Peppa Pig: China falls for an unlikely UK brand ambassador
- 22 January 2019
She's unlikely to feature on many lists of the all-time top British cultural icons.
But Peppa Pig - the UK-made children's cartoon character - is right up there with the best of them, at least in China.
Zhao Ziyang: A reformer China's Communist Party wants to forget
- 17 January 2019
In a small, central Beijing courtyard, family and friends are gathering to pay tribute to Zhao Ziyang - the most powerful man in China to oppose the decision to send tanks into Tiananmen Square nearly 30 years ago.
He was subsequently erased from Chinese history for what party officials deemed his "serious mistakes" that day.
Xi Jinping game show: How well do you know China's leader?
- 4 October 2018
It's dinnertime in China, the evening news has just aired, and primetime TV-watchers are settling down for the real entertainment of the night.
"Let's listen to President Xi's speeches and comprehend his thought," enthusiastically declares the host of a game show called, yes, "Studying Xi in the New Era".
Movie madness: Why Chinese cinemas are empty but full
- 31 August 2018
For a country which will soon assume the mantle of the world's largest cinema audience, China comes out with a surprising number of big budget B-grade flops.
Some blame this on censorship, others on a lack of creativity but there are also those who see a more sinister force at work, which has nothing to do with film-making.
Beijing Olympics 2008: A hope lost or fulfilled?
- 8 August 2018
Ten years ago this week, the Beijing Olympic Games drummed themselves onto television screens across the globe.
It brought waves of hype in China that the country was preparing to celebrate not only a festival of sport but the return of the "Middle Kingdom" to the centre of the universe.
Trump-Kim Summit: Three questions about China's role
- 11 June 2018
As the US and North Korea prepare for their historic summit, China is the elephant in the room.
Beijing is Pyongyang's only significant, long-standing ally, as well as Washington's most powerful, long-term strategic rival.
Looking for Rohmer challenges China's cinematic gay taboo
- 10 May 2018
A low-budget film has made headlines in China, not for its glowing success at the box office or critical acclaim, but simply because it made it into cinemas at all.
Looking for Rohmer, adapted from a novel, is a story of love and friendship between two men, one Chinese the other French. A co-production between China and France, the film was shot in Tibet, Provence, Paris and Beijing.
Will China beat the world to nuclear fusion and clean energy?
- 18 April 2018
In a world with an ever-increasing demand for electricity and a deteriorating environment, Chinese scientists are leading the charge to develop what some see as the holy grail of energy.
The BBC's Stephen McDonell was given rare access to their facility in Anhui province.