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08.11.14 Simon Leys Remembered
Isabel Hilton: When I heard the news of the death of Pierre Ryckmans, better known by his pen name, Simon Leys, I began to hunt in my bookshelves for the now yellowing and grimy copies of Chinese Shadows and The Chairman’s New Clothes: Mao and the...
Education, History, Politics 6 days 22 hours ago
07.31.14 Zhou Yongkang’s Downfall
On July 29, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Chinese Communisty Party announced it was investigating ex-security czar Zhou Yongkang “on suspicion of grave violations of discipline.” Zhou, who retired from the Politburo Standing...
History, Law, Politics 1 week 1 hour ago
07.24.14 Alibaba: How Big a Deal Is It?
When Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba goes public some time after Labor Day it is expected be one the largest initial public offerings in history. This week, a story in The New York Times shed light on ties between Alibaba and the sons and grandsons of...
Arts, Business, Media, Technology 2 weeks 6 days ago
07.1.14 The Debate Over Confucius Institutes PART II
Last week, ChinaFile published a discussion on the debate over Confucius Institutes–Chinese language and culture programs affiliated with China’s Ministry of Education—and their role on university campuses. The topic, and several of the responses we...
Business, Education, Politics 4 weeks 1 day ago
07.17.14 How to Read China’s New Press Restrictions
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...
Business, Law, Media, Politics 1 month 2 days ago
07.9.14 The U.S. and China Are At the Table: What’s At Stake?
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew are in Beijing this week for the sixth session of the high level bilateral diplomatic exchange known as the Strategic and Economic Dialogue. We asked contributors what's likely to happen...
Business, Economy, History, Law, Military, Politics, Technology 1 month 1 week ago
06.23.14 The Debate Over Confucius Institutes
Last week, the American Association of University Professors joined a growing chorus of voices calling on North American universities to rethink their relationship with Confucius Institutes, the state-sponsored Chinese-language programs whose...
Education, Media, Politics 1 month 2 weeks ago
06.11.14 Is a Declining U.S. Good for China?
Zha Daojiong:Talk of a U.S. decline is back in vogue. This time, China features more (if not most) prominently in a natural follow-up question: Which country is going to benefit? My answer: certainly not China.Arguably, the first round of “U.S.-in-...
Business, Environment, History, Law, Politics 2 months 1 week ago
06.2.14 25 Years On, Can China Move Past Tiananmen?
Xu Zhiyuan:Whenever the massacre at Tiananmen Square twenty-five years ago comes up in conversation, I think of Faulkner’s famous line: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”Some believe that China’s economic growth and rise to international...
Education, History, Law, Military, Politics 2 months 2 weeks ago
05.19.14 Is This the Best Response to China’s Cyber-Attacks? 
On Monday, the United States Attorney General Eric Holder accused China of hacking American industrial giants such as U.S. Steel and Westinghouse Electric, making unprecedented criminal charges of cyper-espionage against Chinese military...
Business, Law, Media, Military, Politics, Technology 3 months 1 day ago
05.9.14 The China-Vietnam Standoff: How Will It End?
Daniel Kliman:Five thousand miles from Ukraine, off the coast of Vietnam, China is taking a page from Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s playbook. Beijing’s recent placement of a huge oil drilling rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea leverages a...
Economy, Energy, Military, Politics 3 months 5 days ago
05.7.14 How is China Doing in Africa?
On his current weeklong tour of Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola, and Kenya, Premier Li Keqiang announced a new $12 billion aid package intended to address China’s “growing pains” in Africa. China is by turns lauded for bringing development to the continent and...
Economy, Education, Energy, Environment, Politics 3 months 2 weeks ago
04.30.14 Will China’s Economy Be #1 by Dec. 31? (And Does it Matter?)
On April 30, data released by the United Nations International Comparison Program showed China’s estimated 2011 purchasing power parity (PPP) exchange rate was twenty percent higher than was estimated in 2005. What does this mean? China's economy could...
Business, Economy, Media, Politics 3 months 2 weeks ago
04.22.14 What Obama Should Say About China in Japan
On Wednesday, Barack Obama will land in Tokyo beginning a week-long trip to four of China's neighbors—but not to China itself.In Obama’s stops in Tokyo, Seoul, Manila, and Kuala Lampur, the specter of China will loom large. This will be especially...
Politics 3 months 3 weeks ago
04.12.14 China, Japan, and the U.S.—Will Cooler Heads Prevail?
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's whirlwind tour of China this week saw a tense exchange with his Chinese counterpart, Chang Wanquan, over the intention behind America's "pivot" to Asia, followed by a more measured back-and-forth with President Xi...
History, Law, Military, Politics 4 months 1 week ago
04.6.14 Spy Vs. Spy: When is Cyberhacking Crossing the Line?
Vincent Ni: For a long time, Huawei has been accused by some American politicians of “spying on Americans for the Chinese government,” but their evidence has always been sketchy. They played on fear and possibility. I don’t agree or disagree with them,...
Business, Media, Military, Politics, Technology 4 months 2 weeks ago
03.26.14 The Bloomberg Fallout: Where Does Journalism in China Go from Here?
On Monday, March 24, a thirteen-year veteran of Bloomberg News, Ben Richardson, news editor at large for Asia, resigned. A few days earlier, company Chairman Peter Grauer said that the news and financial information services company founded in 1981 by...
Business, Economy, Media, Politics 4 months 3 weeks ago
05.16.13 China: What’s Going Right?
Michael Zhao:On a recent trip to China, meeting mostly with former colleagues at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, I got a dose of optimism and hope for one aspect of the motherland. In terms of science, or laying down a solid foundation for better...
Business, Energy, Environment 4 months 3 weeks ago
03.19.14 What Should Michelle Obama Accomplish on Her Trip to China?
Orville Schell:  Looking at the challenges of rectifying U.S.-China relations and building some semblance of the "new kind of a big power relationship" alluded to by presidents Obama and Xi at Sunnylands last year, will most certainly require a...
Education, History, Media, Politics 5 months 2 days ago
03.10.14 Should China Support Russia in the Ukraine?
Alexander V. Pantsov: The Chinese Communist Party leadership has always maintained: “China believes in non-interference in internal affairs.” In the current Ukrainian situation it is the most we can expect from the P.R.C. because it is not able to lean...
History, Law, Media, Military, Politics 5 months 1 week ago