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04.23.15 A New Era for China and Pakistan?
This week, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Islamabad and showered Pakistan with attention and promises of $46 billion in development support. What does this intensified Sino-Pakistani engagement mean for Asia and the rest of the world? —The Editors
Economy, Energy, Military, Politics, Religion 3 days 22 hours ago
04.16.15 How Much Consumerism Can China Afford?
This week, a blockbuster movie celebrating speedy cars and the racing life landed atop China’s box office. The Hollywood import Fast and Furious 7 grossed $63 million in one day (as reported by Bloomberg), the most-ever for a single title in that market...
Business, Economy, Media, Society 1 week 4 days ago
04.1.15 New Chinese Cyberattacks: What’s to Be Done?
Starting last week, hackers foiled a handful of software providers that promote freedom of information by helping web surfers in China reach the open Internet. The attacks that drastically slowed the anti-censorship services of San Francisco-based GitHub...
Business, Law, Media, Politics, Technology 3 weeks 1 day ago
03.24.15 What Went Wrong With U.S. Strategy on China’s New Bank and What Should Washington Do Now?
Now that much of Europe has announced its intentions to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), was Washington’s initial opposition a mistake? Assuming the AIIB does get off the ground, what might it mean for future competition...
Business, Economy, Law, Politics 4 weeks 22 hours ago
02.27.15 Are China and Russia Forging a New Ideological Bloc?
{vertical_photo_left}With evidence of ties strengthening between Beijing and Moscow—over energy contracts, the handling of the Ukraine, and their diplomats' stance toward outside interference in internal affairs, especially if it's perceived as coming...
Economy, Energy, History, Military, Politics 1 month 2 days ago
03.18.15 Dark Days for Women in China?
With China’s recent criminal detention of five feminist activists, gender inequality in China is back in the spotlight. What does a crackdown on Chinese women fighting for equal representation say about the current state of the nation’s political...
Economy, Education, Health, Law, Politics 1 month 5 days ago
03.11.15 Is China Really Cracking Up?
On March 7, The Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece by David Shambaugh arguing that “the endgame of Chinese communist rule has now begun...and it has progressed further than many think.” Shambaugh laid out a variety of signs he believes...
Economy, History, Law, Politics 1 month 2 weeks ago
03.3.15 Why Has This Environmental Documentary Gone Viral on China’s Internet?
[Updated: March 6,  2015] Our friends at Foreign Policy hit the nail on the head by headlining writer Yiqin Fu's Monday story "China's National Conversation about Pollution Has Finally Begun." What happened? Well, in the last weekend of February,...
Education, Environment, Law, Politics 1 month 3 weeks ago
02.12.15 Is Mao Still Dead?
“Comrade Mao, whether he was crossing 'a sea of surging waves' or scaling 'a mountain pass impregnable as iron' always held unwaveringly to his course, setting a shining example for the Chinese Communist Party.” —Xi Jinping“‘These mountains so decorated...
Education, History, Politics, Society 2 months 1 week ago
02.5.15 What’s the Case for Heads of State Meeting the Dalai Lama?
On Thursday in Washington, the Dalai Lama attended the annual National Prayer Breakfast hosted by President Barack Obama, angering China's leaders in Beijing who have long called the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader a "splittist" and considered his...
History, Law, Politics, Religion 2 months 2 weeks ago
01.29.15 Is China’s Internet Becoming an Intranet?
With Astrill and several other free and paid-subscription virtual private networks (VPNs) that make leaping China’s Great Firewall possible now harder to use themselves after government interference "gummed" them up, the world wide web just shrank a...
Education, Law, Media, Politics 2 months 3 weeks ago
01.26.15 Does Size Matter? (In the U.S. and Chinese Economies, That Is...)
Last week, President Obama’s State of the Union Address touted a U.S. economic recovery. Meanwhile, China’s economic growth is slowing and Ma Jiantang, head of the National Bureau of Statistics, has said that China’s economy, contrary to overseas media...
Business, Economy, Politics 3 months 2 days ago
01.16.15 Why Did The West Weep for Paris But Not for Kunming?
In the days since the attacks that killed 12 people at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Chinese netizens have watched the outpouring of solidarity. As our colleagues at Foreign Policy reported earlier this week, the Chinese...
History, Law, Politics, Religion 3 months 1 week ago
01.8.15 What Does Hong Kong’s Post-Protest Report Signal For Relations with Beijing?
This week, we saw the release of the official government “Report on the Recent Community and Political Situation in Hong Kong.” It concluded: "It is the common aspiration of the Central Authorities [in Beijing], the [Hong Kong Special Administrative...
Business, History, Law, Politics 3 months 2 weeks ago
12.19.14 Just How Successful Is Xi Jinping?
Last week, Arthur Kroeber, Editor of the China Economic Quarterly opined that “…the Chinese state is not fragile. The regime is strong, increasingly self-confident, and without organized opposition.” His essay, which drew strong, if divided, attention,...
Economy, History, Media, Politics, Society 4 months 1 week ago
12.16.14 What Must China and Japan Do to Get Along in 2015?
{vertical_photo_right}Last week, Akio Takahara, a professor at the University of Tokyo currently visiting Peking University, wrote a New York Times Op-Ed praising recent diplomatic efforts by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and Chinese President Xi...
Economy, History, Law, Military, Politics
4 months 1 week ago
12.3.14 Can China Conquer the Internet?
Lu Wei, China’s new Internet Czar, recently tried to get the world to agree to a model of information control designed by the Chinese Communist Party. Regular contributors comment below and we encourage readers to share their views on our Facebook page....
Business, Law, Media, Society, Technology 4 months 3 weeks ago
11.19.14 Was the U.S.-China Climate Deal Worth the Wait?
Last week, Ann Carlson and Alex Wang, environmental experts at UCLA Law School, called the November 12 U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change "monumental." "No two countries are more important to tackling the problem than the largest carbon...
Economy, Energy, Environment, Law, Politics 5 months 1 week ago
11.12.14 Xi Jinping’s Culture Wars
Given China’s tightening restrictions on film, TV, art, writing, and journalism, and the reverberations from President Xi Jinping’s recent speech on culture, we asked contributors why they think Beijing has decided to ramp up its involvement in the...
Arts, History, Politics 5 months 2 weeks ago
10.31.14 What Should Obama and Xi Say to Each Other at APEC?
Next week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing (November 5-11) between Presidents Xi Jinping, Barack Obama, and other leaders from around the world, is billed as the Chinese capital's highest-profile international event since the 2008...
Economy, History, Military, Politics 5 months 3 weeks ago