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China-Africa Trade May Be Booming, But Big Problems Loom

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden, Kai Xue

Trade between China and Africa will break another new record this year as it’s expected to top $200 billion. As trade continues to grow, officials from both regions frequently point to these figures as evidence of steadily improving ties....

China’s New Diplomatic Strategy in Africa: Humility

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden

Just a few weeks after Chinese premier Li Keqiang admitted that China was going through “growing pains” in its engagement with Africa, Beijing’s central bank chief, Zhou Xiaochuan, acknowledged some of the 2,500 PRC companies operating in...

Sinica Podcast

03.31.2014

The World War One Chinese Labor Corps

Kaiser Kuo, David Moser

This week on Sinica, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are delighted to host Mark O’Neill, author of The Chinese Labour Corps, for a discussion of the Chinese contribution to World War One.

Media

03.25.2014

China, We Fear You

Tea Leaf Nation

On March 18, thousands of students began a sit-in of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan in the capital, Taipei, a historic first that has paralyzed the island’s lawmaking body. Students have amassed to protest an attempt by the Kuomintang, the...

Sinica Podcast

03.17.2014

Will China Dominate the Twenty-first Century?

Kaiser Kuo

This week on Sinica, we are pleased to present a live show recorded earlier this week at The Bookworm in Beijing, where Kaiser Kuo interviewed Jonathan Fenby, author of the book Will China Dominate the 21st Century?

Viewpoint

03.06.2014

Can America Win in a New Era of Competition with China?

Geoff Dyer

Beijing was in a state of heightened anxiety and had been for weeks. Each day in the run-up to the National Day parade, the security measures seemed to get a little bit tighter. Our apartment building had a distant view of Jianguomen,...

The Brave Catholics of China

Ian Johnson

Like most pilgrimage sites in China, the shrine in the village of Cave Gulley in Shanxi province is located partway up a mountain, reachable by steep stairs that are meant to shift worshipers’ attention from the world below to heaven above...

Viewpoint

02.27.2014

Why Frank Underwood is Great for China’s Soft Power

Ying Zhu

In depicting U.S. politics as just as vicious, if not more, sociopathic than its Chinese counterpart, House of Cards delivered a sweet Valentine’s Day gift to the Chinese government. The show handed the Chinese state an instant victory...

Features

01.30.2014

Which U.S. President Said What About China?

David M. Barreda

On January 28, U.S. President Barack Obama mentioned China twice in his State of the Union address. In the past thirty-four State of the Union addresses, U.S. Presidents have referred to China twenty-nine times. Which President said what?...

Sinica Podcast

01.24.2014

Talking About Taiwan

Kaiser Kuo, David Moser

This week on Sinica, Kaiser Kuo is joined by David Moser and Paul Mozur for an in-depth discussion about everyone’s favorite renegade province. This is a lively conversation that stretches from questions of Taiwanese personal identity to...

Media

01.03.2014

2013, According to the Chinese Communist Party

Tea Leaf Nation, David Wertime

What did the year in foreign policy look like in Chinese official circles? Divining the thoughts and motives of China’s leadership is a famously abstruse exercise even for Chinese citizens, who are often left to parse bland quotes or keep...

Viewpoint

01.02.2014

Global Development and Investment

Elizabeth Economy, Zha Daojiong

Framing questions: In what ways do the U.S. and Chinese approaches to development and foreign investment differ? Are they evolving, and how? What are the benefits and drawbacks of each approach both to the investing country and the...

Sinica Podcast

11.19.2013

Partners and Rivals

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn

Few will dispute that the Sino-American relationship constitutes the most important bilateral relationship of our time, shedding a sort of lunar influence on international politics which helps shape not only the dynamic of global tensions...

Culture

11.11.2013

All He Needs is a Miracle

Debra Bruno

Courtesy of the USF Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History

Viewpoint

11.08.2013

China, One Year Later

J. Stapleton Roy, Susan Shirk, Evan Osnos, Orville Schell

In November 2012, seven men were appointed to the Politburo Standing Committee, China’s supreme governing body. At the time, economic headwinds, nationalist protests, and the Bo Xilai scandal presented huge challenges for the regime. Would...

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