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Steven Schwankert is an award-winning writer and editor with 17 years of experience in Greater China, focusing on exploration, technology, media and culture. His book, Poseidon: China's Secret Salvage of Britain's Lost Submarine was published in 2013 by Hong Kong

Signs Of the Times
Steven Schwankert March 09, 2016
China’s slowing economy continues to worry international observers.
Dispatches
Steven Schwankert February 17, 2016
President Xi has aggressively asserted Chinese territorial claims, especially maritime ones.
Chinese Catholics pray during a 2014 Mass in Beijing. (CNS photo/Wu Hong, EPA)
Dispatches
Steven Schwankert February 08, 2016
China has far less to gain from establishing relations with the Vatican than vice-versa.
Signs Of the Times
Steven Schwankert January 28, 2016
China’s management of its economy has brought out not only bears, but wolves.
Tsai Ing-wen (photo by David Reid)
Dispatches
Steven Schwankert January 16, 2016
National election will be seen as expressing the Taiwan people's dissatisfaction with its relationship with mainland China.
Happy New Year? Shanghai skyline
Dispatches
Steven Schwankert January 08, 2016
Investors both in the United States and overseas were still shaking from a week destabilized first by sharp exchanges between Iran and Saudi Arabia over an executed Shiite cleric and then by major plummets on China’s stock markets that led to trading being halted twice.
South Korean soldiers stand guard near the demilitarized zone in Yeoncheon, South Korea. (CNS photo/Park Dong-ju/Yonhap, Reuters)
Dispatches
Steven Schwankert January 08, 2016
North Korea’s claimed test of a hydrogen bomb this week had one immediate casualty: the Stalinist outpost’s already strained relationship with its largest and most important neighbor, China.
Signs Of the Times
Steven Schwankert November 19, 2015
You heard it here first: I predict China’s President Xi Jinping will be Time magazine’s Person of the Year.
Chinese population by age and sex (demographic pyramid) as of November 1, 2010 (6th national census count). The dark blue areas represent the "surplus" males owing to sex selection preference for boys that is contributing to a demographic crisis in China.
Dispatches
Steven Schwankert October 30, 2015
The government is not granting its Han Chinese citizens the chance to have a family of any size they wish. Families are still limited to two children and must still apply for permission to have them, as they did for their single child.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands following a joint news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House Sept. 25 in Washington. (CNS photo/Gary Cameron, Reuters)
Signs Of the Times
Steven Schwankert October 07, 2015
Mr. Xi’s visit came as his leadership of China’s economy is increasingly being questioned.