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02.2.16 How Close Was the Latest Close Call in the South China Sea?
Julian G. Ku, Feng Zhang & more
China claims the sailing of a U.S. Navy warship on Saturday into what it calls its territory was needless provocation and an attempt at causing trouble amongst China’s neighbors. What precedent is there for these close calls in disputed maritime...
History, Law, Media, Military, Politics
4 days 2 hours ago
01.27.16 Is George Soros Right that China’s Headed for a Hard Landing?
Arthur R. Kroeber, Stephen S. Roach & more
On Tuesday in an article headlined, “Declaring War on China’s Currency? Ha ha,” (向中国货币宣战?“呵呵”) the People’s Daily attacked billionaire investor George Soros for suggesting he might short the renminbi. The Chinese currency has dropped 5.7...
Business, Economy, History, Media, Politics
5 days 21 hours ago
01.20.16 Beijing’s Televised Confessions
Jeremy Goldkorn, David Bandurski & more
Recent days have seen two more in a long string of televised “confessions” on China Central Television, that of Swedish human rights activist Peter Dahlin and Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai. Did these gentlemen break any Chinese laws? What do these...
History, Law, Media, Politics
2 weeks 3 days ago
01.13.16 Does Chinese Investment Pose a Threat to Hollywood?
Jonathan Landreth, Stanley Rosen & more
The Wanda Group, China’s leading real estate developer, on Monday paid $3.5 billion for a controlling stake in Hollywood studio Legendary Entertainment, maker of Jurassic World, among other global blockbusters. At a time when Hollywood is increasingly...
Arts, Business, Law, Media, Politics
3 weeks 1 day ago
12.23.15 China in 2016
Andrew J. Nathan, Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian & more
What should China watchers be watching most closely in China in 2016? What developments would be the most meaningful? What predictions can be made sensibly? —The Editors
Economy, Environment, History, Law, Politics, Society
1 month 1 day ago
01.6.16 The North Korean Bomb Test—What's Next?
Barbara Demick, Jonathan D. Pollack & more
On Wednesday, North Korea claimed that it had tested a hydrogen bomb, bringing to four the number of nuclear weapons it has set off on its own territory since 2006. The act drew international condemnation, including from U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-...
Energy, Environment, History, Law, Military, Politics
1 month 2 days ago
12.9.15 Is China a Leader or Laggard on Climate Change?
Isabel Hilton, Li Shuo & more
As ongoing climate talks wind down at COP21 this week, participants in and observers of the summit in Paris wrote in to share their assessment of the message coming from the official delegation from China, currently the world’s largest emitter of the...
Business, Education, Energy, Environment, Politics, Science, Technology
1 month 3 weeks ago
12.15.15 Can an Alibaba ‘Morning Post’ Aid China’s Image Overseas?
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, David Wertime & more
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is buying the Hong Kong media group of the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the leading independent English-language newspaper in the former British colony where freedom of the press has resisted control by the Chinese...
Business, Law, Media, Politics, Society
1 month 3 weeks ago
12.3.15 Does the Renminbi’s Elevation to Global Currency Matter?
Arthur R. Kroeber & Zhiwu Chen
On November 30, the International Monetary Fund approved the Chinese renminbi, also known as the yuan, as one of the world’s leading currencies, underscoring the country’s rising global financial importance. What’s behind the decision and what difference...
Business, Economy, Law, Politics
2 months 1 week ago
11.24.15 The China Africa Relationship: Crossroads or Cliff?
Cobus van Staden, Eric Olander & more
Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden publish the China Africa Project website, whose weekly podcast we are proud to syndicate. As we approach the sixth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit in Johannesburg, we’ve picked up written commentaries...
Business, Energy, Environment, Media, Military, Politics, Religion
2 months 1 week ago
11.19.15 Is China a Credible Partner in Fighting Terror?
Andrew Small, Chen Weihua & more
In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said, “China is also a victim of terrorism. The fight against the ‘East Turkestan Islamic Movement’… should become an important part of the international fight against terrorism...
History, Law, Media, Military, Politics, Religion
2 months 2 weeks ago
11.18.15 How Can China’s Neighbors Make Progress at APEC?
Le Hong Hiep & Brian Eyler
Ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit next week, we asked a group of experts from China’s neighboring countries what they thought the main thrust of discussion in Manila should be. If host, the Philippines, under pressure from...
Business, Economy, History, Law, Military, Politics
2 months 3 weeks ago
11.5.15 The China-Taiwan Summit
Richard Bernstein, Andrew J. Nathan & more
{vertical_photo_left}This Saturday, for the first time since 1949, the leaders of China and Taiwan will meet face to face. Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou will meet in Singapore, not as Presidents, but—to sidestep one of many lingering areas of conflict...
History, Military, Politics
3 months 1 day ago
10.28.15 Making Waves in the South China Sea
Peter Dutton, Jessica Chen Weiss & more
Challenging China’s newly assertive behavior in the South China Sea, this week the U.S. Navy sailed some of its biggest ships inside the nine-dash line, exercising its claim to freedom of movement in international waters plied by billions in trade each...
Business, Energy, Environment, Law, Military, Politics
3 months 1 week ago
11.2.15 How Far Have China’s Economic Reforms Come over the Past Year?
Houze Song & Arthur R. Kroeber
As the Chinese Communist Party leadership wrapped up its Fifth Plenum, the meeting at which the Party’s leadership set the Five Year Plan that will shape economic policy through 2020, what progress has been made on the “comprehensive deepening” of...
Business, Economy, Law, Politics
3 months 1 week ago
10.20.15 Britain: ‘China’s Best Partner in the West’?
Isabel Hilton, Sebastian Heilmann & more
This week, Xi Jinping is in Great Britain for a state visit, his first since assuming leadership of China nearly three years ago. Britain’s government under David Cameron has signaled—increasingly loudly in recent months—that it hopes to usher in a “...
Business, Energy, History, Law, Media, Politics
3 months 2 weeks ago
10.16.15 Is There a China Model?
Daniel A. Bell, Timothy Garton Ash & more
The most recent public event in our ChinaFile Presents series, which we held October 15 in New York, was a discussion of the philosopher Daniel A. Bell’s controversial book, The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy, co-hosted...
Economy, Education, History, Law, Media, Politics
3 months 3 weeks ago
10.6.15 What Will the TPP Mean for China?
Barry Naughton, Arthur R. Kroeber & more
On Monday, the U.S., Japan, and ten other countries concluded negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP—the largest regional trade accord in history. If approved, the agreement will set new terms for the nearly $28 trillion in trade and...
Business, Economy, History, Law, Politics
4 months 2 days ago
09.30.15 The Future of Autonomy in Hong Kong
David Schlesinger, Denise Y. Ho & more
Yesterday, the governing board of Hong Kong University, one of the territory’s most esteemed institutions of higher education, voted to reject the promotion of Johannes Chan, a former law school dean, over the objections of the faculty and students who...
Business, Economy, History, Law, Politics
4 months 1 week ago
09.22.15 Can the U.S. & China Make Peace in Cyberspace?
Charlie Smith, Rogier Creemers & more
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in the United States today on his first state visit. Xi will address a group of American business leadersin Seattle. High on their list of concerns about trade with China is cyber hacking, cyber espionage and...
History, Law, Media, Military, Politics, Science, Technology
4 months 1 week ago

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