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05.21.15 Censorship and Publishing in China
Andrew J. Nathan, Zha Jianying & more
This week, a new PEN American Center report “Censorship and Conscience: Foreign Authors and the Challenge of Chinese Censorship,” by Alexa Olesen, draws fresh attention to a perennial problem for researchers, scholars, and creative writers trying to...
Arts, Business, Media, Politics
1 day 5 hours ago
05.14.15 The Future of NGOs in China
Isabel Hilton, Carl Minzner & more
Last week, China’s National People’s Congress released the second draft of a new law on “Managing Foreign NGOs.” Many foreign non-profits in China have operated in a legal gray area over the years. The law [full English translation here] establishes...
Education, Law, Politics, Society
1 week 1 day ago
04.29.15 Is China Building Up Soft Power by Aiding Nepal?
Ashok Gurung, Zha Daojiong & more
A devastating earthquake has struck one of China’s smallest neighbors, the mountainous former kingdom known, since 2008, as the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. Surrounded on three sides by India—known in Nepali as a “friendly nation”—Nepal these...
Economy, Environment, History, Military, Politics
3 weeks 1 day ago
04.23.15 A New Era for China and Pakistan?
Andrew Small, Paul J. Smith & more
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
4 weeks 1 day ago
04.16.15 How Much Consumerism Can China Afford?
Andrew Batson & Matthew Crabbe
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 month 1 week ago
04.1.15 New Chinese Cyberattacks: What’s to Be Done?
Steve Dickinson, Jason Q. Ng & more
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
1 month 2 weeks ago
03.24.15 What Went Wrong With U.S. Strategy on China’s New Bank and What Should Washington Do Now?
Patrick Chovanec, Zha Daojiong & more
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
1 month 3 weeks ago
02.27.15 Are China and Russia Forging a New Ideological Bloc?
Jacqueline N. Deal, Wu Jianmin & more
{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 4 weeks ago
03.18.15 Dark Days for Women in China?
Rebecca E. Karl, Leta Hong Fincher & more
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
2 months 1 day ago
03.11.15 Is China Really Cracking Up?
Suisheng Zhao, Arthur R. Kroeber & more
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
2 months 1 week ago
03.3.15 Why Has This Environmental Documentary Gone Viral on China’s Internet?
Angel Hsu, Michael Zhao & more
[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
2 months 2 weeks ago
02.12.15 Is Mao Still Dead?
Rebecca E. Karl, Michael Schoenhals & more
“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
3 months 5 days ago
02.5.15 What’s the Case for Heads of State Meeting the Dalai Lama?
Francesco Sisci, Robert Barnett & more
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
3 months 1 week ago
01.29.15 Is China’s Internet Becoming an Intranet?
George Chen, Charlie Smith & more
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
3 months 3 weeks ago
01.26.15 Does Size Matter? (In the U.S. and Chinese Economies, That Is...)
Taisu Zhang
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 4 weeks ago
01.16.15 Why Did The West Weep for Paris But Not for Kunming?
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Taisu Zhang & more
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
4 months 1 week ago
01.8.15 What Does Hong Kong’s Post-Protest Report Signal For Relations with Beijing?
David Schlesinger, Joseph Cheng & more
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
4 months 1 week ago
12.19.14 Just How Successful Is Xi Jinping?
Ian Johnson & Trey Menefee
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
5 months 5 days ago
12.16.14 What Must China and Japan Do to Get Along in 2015?
Allen Carlson & Zha Daojiong
{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
5 months 1 week ago
12.3.14 Can China Conquer the Internet?
David Bandurski, Jeremy Goldkorn & more
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
5 months 2 weeks ago