Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn With the ushering in of the year of the Ox, we said goodbye to the gengzinian, year of the metal rat. The gengzinian, which occurs once every 60 years according to the sexagenary lunar cycle of the Chinese calendar, has been associated with times of great suffering: in 1900, the violence of the Boxer uprising; in 1960, the famine of Mao’s Great Leap Forward; in 2020, it brought plague. With the novel coronavirus first spreading outside Wuhan during last Chinese spring festival, we are not sad to see the back of this year, and hope that the ox brings a steadier step as individuals, societies and economies recover. A fresh crop of books has also arrived, to make sense of past years and prognosticate ones to come. Our top pick is, unusually, a collection of short stories that offers insight into the interplay of Chinese politics and society (see a Q&A with the author here). The shortlist includes arguments about global pushback to China’s rise; the human price of some made-in-Subscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.