A ChinaFile Conversation
With The Great Wall, a classic army vs. monsters tale, director Zhang Yimou has brought America the most expensive Chinese film ever created. The movie may be backed by a Hollywood studio and it may star no less an American icon than Matt Damon, and yet it proffers China as the source of military might and moral right. Hollywood and China’s commissars have always made for strange bedfellows, but have they finally figured out how to beget viable offspring? Will other major stars follow Damon’s...
A China in Africa Podcast
In this episode, international economist Anzetwe Were joins Eric and Cobus from Nairobi to discuss her recent column in Business Daily (Kenya) on how Africa is bracing for a Trump-inspired shift towards to China in response to the new U.S. president’s apparent determination to shake up the international order.
A Monthly Roundup of China’s Best Photojournalism
via Yuanjin Photo
As preparations for the Chinese New Year got underway, Liang Yingfei set up a roadside studio and asked migrants traveling home by motorbike to stop for a quick photograph. While in Cambodia for the Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops, Jia Yanan made portraits of transgender people with works of Western art. Chen Ronghui used her photographs to reunite mental health patients with their estranged families, photographer Stamlee explored the environmental side-effects of industrialization,...
via Tea Leaf Nation
Anyone who’s spent any length of time following Western press coverage of China is familiar with the notion that China’s leaders are obligated to look tough in order to appease a rising nationalism. Much has been written about the online activities of aging Maoists, “angry youth” (fenqing), and the more recent phenomenon of self-named “little pinks” (xiaofenhong), young women who jump over the great firewall that blocks U.S. social media platforms in order to make their nationalist case on...
In a well-drafted task force report issued this week by the Asia Society and the University of California San Diego, a group of scholars and former government officials recommend that the Trump administration take steps to make the U.S.-China bilateral economic relationship “more reciprocal” and that trade agreements should “significantly restore greater reciprocity in trade and investment.” Such aspirational goals are reasonable to achieve greater parity and mutuality in the relationship.
A China in the World Podcast
President Trump agreed to honor the U.S. “one China” policy in his first phone call with President Xi Jinping since taking office, providing the basis for bilateral relations to move forward. Shortly after the February 9 call, Paul Haenle spoke with Evan Medeiros, former Senior Director for Asian Affairs on the U.S. National Security Council, to examine the significance of the call for U.S.-China relations.
President Trump has sent conflicting signals on Taiwan, first suggesting cozier relations with the self-ruled island and then walking that back to reassure China.In a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, he pledged no change to the “one China” policy that Beijing sees as a cornerstone of diplomatic ties. That appeared to signal that any shift in policy would not disrupt the diplomatic framework that has been in place since the U.S. switched recognition to Beijing in 1979...
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