Stability the Watchword for Progress in China

Opinion by Hu Shuli


Chinese diplomacy has had a busy few months, with numerous visits abroad by leaders and a constant stream of foreign leaders coming to the country. Amid the flurry of activity, two meetings were particularly noteworthy: the sixth U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing on July 9 and 10, and the BRICS leaders’ summit in Brazil on July 15 and 16. The former offers a window into China’s relationship with the world’s sole superpower, while the latter maps out how the major emerging economies, including China, can work together toward mutual development. These two events capture in a nutshell the risks and opportunities for Chinese foreign...

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All Hail ‘Fatty Kim the Third’

Netizens Love Mocking North Korea’s Portly Dictator, But it Masks a Deeper Disdain

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It’s North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un as the world has never seen him. In a three-minute clip that has accumulated over 200,000 views after its early July posting on Chinese video site Tudou, a crudely photoshopped Kim dances on the street, on a baseball diamond, and in a cornfield, at various moments accompanied by Barack Obama or Osama bin Laden. At one point, Kim has a fistfight in the mud with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The video ends with the portly dictator riding a pig into the horizon. What's noteworthy about the video is not, as South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo wrote in late July, that North Korean authorities have ostensibly asked Beijing to take the clip down.

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Debating Societies in China

Kaiser Kuo & Jeremy Goldkorn

This week on Sinica, we’re happy to welcome back Jeremy Goldkorn in conversation with David Weeks, founder and President of the National High School Debate League of China, a debating society currently established in twenty-seven cities throughout China. Join us as we discuss the history and current state of debate activities here in China and look into the role that these kind of groups play in promoting critical thinking in the Chinese education system. Listen ...

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How to Read China’s New Press Restrictions

A ChinaFile Conversation

David Schlesinger, Orville Schell & more

On June 30, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television posted a statement on its website warning Chinese journalists not to share information with their counterparts in the foreign press corps. Most major non-Chinese news organizations rely heavily on Chinese nationals to conduct research, identify sources, serve as interpreters, and, in some cases, interview sources who are reluctant to speak with foreigners over the telephone. The Chinese government doesn’t consider these employees of foreign news organizations to be official journalists (and it forbids Chinese...

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China Faces Long Battle to Clean Polluted Soil

Low-Quality Technology, Lack of Funding, and Unclear Evaluation Standards at Heart of the Problem


This is the third of a special three-part series of investigations jointly run by chinadialogue and Yale Environment 360 with the support of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. You can also read parts one and two.Luo Jinzhi is 52 and lives in the village of Shuangqiao, in China’s Hunan province. For the last few years,...

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Learn English, Chinese Style

A ChinaFile Translation

Sohu Business

In 2009, the number of people studying English in China was roughly equal to the population of the U.S. In 2012, Chinese people spent a total of $4.8 billion on English lessons. China is the world’s biggest market for English-as-a-foreign-language. Chinese people spend more time and energy learning English than any other nation in the world. But for all this effort, Chinese students of English are still failing to achieve real proficiency. Why is this? Is the “English craze” actually detrimental to students?

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Soccer on the Silk Road

How the ‘Beautiful Game’ Came to Xinjiang

Zhang Xinmin

As the World Cup draws to a close, we present a photo essay by Chinese photographer Zhang Xinmin exploring the game of soccer along the Silk Road in Xinjiang, where it has a special place in Uighur education and culture. China’s forays into international soccer competition have been disappointing, at best. But, as Zhang explains below, a new generation of Uighur players traces its passion for the sport to forebears who played matches after evening prayers with hand-sewn sheepskin balls and, in celebrated contests in the 1920s, vanquished their European competitors. His photographs first appeared, last month, on the Chinese website...

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