All about the names and faces in China that are influencing the trends of the times.

Chinese state media approves of YouTube star Li Ziqi
A woman from southwestern China, whose YouTube video channel celebrating rural life is followed by nearly 7.5 million people, has been hailed by state media for her role in promoting Chinese culture. Li Ziqi, 29, from Pingwu in Sichuan province, started her video blogs on traditional food and crafts three years ago after giving up city life to return to the village where she was raised by her grandparents. Li, who now looks after her grandmother, has a library of 100 videos that have been seen tens of millions of times by audiences across the world.  Supporters argue that she has done more to sell Chinese culture than the Confucius Institute, the government-backed soft power promotional org
‘Five eyes’ and more countries are sharing intel on China
Nations from around the world have been teaming up to share classified intelligence and counter Chinese influence, Reuters has reported. The Five Eyes alliance – Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the United States – has joined nations including Japan, Germany and occasionally France to exchange classified information on China’s foreign activities since the beginning of 2018, the news agency said. Government officials told Reuters that the talks were “below the radar,” but that there had been a “flurry of consultations” in recent months, saying that the US had taken the lead on investment matters and Australia had been primarily concerned with political interference. China has been
In the US and beyond, China as an election ‘boogeyman’
From the US to Asia to Africa, China is increasingly becoming a campaign issue around the world. In West Virginia, GOP candidate Don Blankenship, a former coal baron and ex-con, is trying to win votes by hitting out against Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of giving jobs to “China people.” Senate hopeful Blankenship, whose primary is on Tuesday, also questioned McConnell’s “personal connections” to China. His wife is the Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, a Chinese American. Half a world away in Malaysia, opposition candidate Mahathir Mohamad, 92, has accused incumbent Prime Minister Najib Razak of selling out the country to China, by allowing too much Chinese inve