Conversation

10.18.19

The Future of Huawei in Europe

Samm Sacks, Yixiang Xu & more
On October 9, the European Commission and the European Agency for Cybersecurity released their long-awaited risk assessment of the region’s 5G network. Written with input from all 28 European Union members, the report warned about a 5G supplier from...

Viewpoint

02.16.19

Roderick MacFarquhar: A Remembrance

Bao Pu
When Roderick MacFarquhar passed away on February 10, 2019, I was left with a deep regret: that our friendship had been too short.“He can be very intimidating. Don’t be put off by it; it’s just a mannerism,” Nancy Hearst, the librarian at Harvard’s...
07.10.18

Video Policy Brief: British NGOs and the Foreign NGO Law

from Asia Dialogue
Asia Dialogue recently posted a series of “video policy briefs” looking at implementation of the Foreign NGO Law in China. Each video looks at a different country or aspect of the Law’s implementation. The following is focused on how groups from the...

The Rise of Populism and Implications for China

Paul Haenle & Thomas Carothers from Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
The rise of populism in Europe and the United States has had a pronounced impact on domestic politics and foreign policy, as seen in Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. In China, leaders are unsettled by the nationalist and anti-globalization...

Britain to Test China by Sailing Ship in Disputed Sea

Jamie Smyth and Tom Hancock
Financial Times
Anti-submarine frigate to sail through contested waters of South China Sea.

Conversation

02.05.18

Is the Belt and Road Anti-Democratic?

Nadège Rolland, Tim Summers & more
During her visit to Beijing, Shanghai, and Wuhan January 31-February 2, Prime Minister Theresa May attempted to improve her country’s trade relations with China—an increasingly important partner for the post-Brexit United Kingdom. And yet, May was...

Britain’s May Discusses Trade Barriers with China’s Xi

Erika Kinetz and Christopher Bodeen
Washington Post
British Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday she discussed with Chinese President Xi Jinping the importance of removing barriers to commerce, especially for British food, drink and financial services, as the two countries move toward a future...

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01.31.18

The U.K. Needs to Rethink Its Engagement with China

Paul Irwin Crookes & Kyle Jaros
As British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives in Beijing today, where is the U.K.’s relationship with China heading? Despite a complex history, U.K.-China relations have remained a relative bright spot in China’s engagement with the West in recent...

Theresa May Pledges to Raise Hong Kong and Human Rights with China

Tom Phillips and Jessica Elgot
Guardian
Theresa May has insisted she will raise human rights and Hong Kong’s political situation with China’s leaders this week, amid criticism of Britain’s “pusillanimous” response to Beijing’s increasingly hard line.

Theresa May Declines to Endorse China’s Belt and Road Initiative

George Parker
Financial Times
UK prime minister to raise concerns on visit aimed at boosting trade ties.

Features

01.26.18

A Most Immoral Woman: George E. Morrison's Life in Turn-of-the-Century China

Linda Jaivin
My historical novel “A Most Immoral Woman” tells the story of Morrison’s passionate and unconventional affair with Mae Perkins, an independent and wealthy young American libertine, in 1904. It’s a tale that roams the landscape of a dynasty in...
01.03.18

Why Has the Chinese Foreign NGO Law Become a Non-Issue in Europe?

Bertram Lang
Worries about the future of civil society organizations in China are limited to only a handful of European countries. Others put their faith in established informal ties or have subscribed to Chinese understandings of “people-to-people exchanges,”...

Conversation

08.21.17

Should Publications Compromise to Remain in China?

Margaret Lewis, Andrew J. Nathan & more
The prestigious “China Quarterly will continue to publish articles that make it through our rigorous double-blind peer review regardless of topic or sensitivity,” wrote editor Tim Pringle on Monday after days of intense criticism of the brief-lived...

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06.08.17

Can China Really Lead the World on Climate?

Isabel Hilton
On Wednesday, the governor of California, Jerry Brown, found himself, not for the first time, with more in common with Chinese President Xi Jinping than with the president of his own nation, Donald Trump. Just days after President Trump announced...

Conversation

06.01.17

Can China Supplant the U.S. in Europe?

Rogier Creemers, Zha Daojiong & more
From May 31 to June 2, Premier Li Keqiang will visit Germany and Belgium, to “further deepen and enrich China’s relations with the European Union (EU) at a time of increasing global uncertainty,” according to an article in China’s state newswire...

Chinese Maths Textbooks to Be Translated for U.K. Schools

Benjamin Haas
Guardian
HarperCollins signs ‘historic’ deal with Shanghai publishers amid hopes it will boost British students’ performance

China Overtakes U.S. and France as Germany’s Biggest Trading Partner

CNBC
China for the first time became Germany’s most important trading partner in 2016, overtaking the United States, which fell back to third place behind France, data showed on Friday.

China Invites Britain to Attend New Silk Road Summit: Sources

Ben Blanchard and Elizabeth Piper
Reuters
China has invited British Prime Minister Theresa May to attend a major summit in May on its “One Belt, One Road” initiative to build a new Silk Road, diplomatic sources told Reuters

First Freight Train from China to Britain Arrives in London

Ritvik Carvalho
Reuters
The first China-to-Britain freight train arrived in London on Wednesday after a 7,500-mile journey, marking a milestone in China’s push to build commercial links across Europe and Asia.

Theresa May Promises ‘Golden Era’ in UK-Chinese Relations

BBC
May has promised to work for a "golden era" in the UK's relations with China, as the country's vice-premier visits London for talks. ...

Escaping China’s Parent Trap

Nisha Gopalan
Bloomberg
Think Chinese SOEs' have little incentive to stray beyond China? That's far from the case. Just look at Britain's utilities...

FBI Files Say China Firm Pushed U.S. Experts for Nuclear Secrets

David Voreacos and David McLaughlin
Bloomberg
Summaries of the consultants’ interviews with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation were filed this month.

A Chinese Millionaire’s $1.3bn Plan to ‘Transform’ Sheffield

John Sudworth
BBC
The deal has the backing of the British government.

Hong Kong’s Brexit Ambitions

James Griffiths
CNN
Could the city ever be independent from China?

China Stocks Extend One of The World’s Best Post-Brexit Rallies

Bloomberg
Shanghai composite climbs as the MSCI All-Country World Index tumbles....

China’s Li Won’t Allow ‘Rollercoaster’ Markets After Brexit

Elias Glenn
Reuters
China vows to contain any drastic changes in the capital market after the global panic....

China’s Li Sees Increasing Uncertainties After Brexit Vote

Bloomberg
Sill, Premier Li Keqiang argues his nation has ample tools to meet challenges facing the economy.

Brexit Is Providing Great Fodder for China's Communist Propaganda Machine

Josh Horwitz
Quartz
Brexit is concrete evidence that democratic decision-making can lead to catastrophic results.

China and South Korea Sound Notes of Caution

Jane Perlez and Chris Buckley
New York Times
The People’s Daily said the British vote could indirectly unsettle China’s economy in the short term but was unlikely to leave deep, lasting damage.

Predictions For Post-Brexit China-UK Business

Klaus E. Meyer
Forbes
We have to look at the motives of Chinese investors in Europe.

The British Brexit Vote Is Awful News for China

Josh Horwitz and Heather Timmons
Quartz
Behind Xi’s opposition to the UK leaving is China’s difficult trade situation with the European Union.

Liverpool Takeover: State-Backed Chinese Group Want to Buy Club From Fenway For £700m

Simon Hughes
Independent
The group, SinoFortone, has already explored the potential of building a new stadium in the dockland area of Liverpool.

China, Hong Kong Shares Fall as Global Investors Flee Risky Assets

Samuel Shen and Nathaniel Taplin
Reuters
Investors fretted ahead of this week's central bank meetings and Britain's referendum on whether to remain in the EU...

China’s Plan: First Manchester City, Then Hosting And Winning The World Cup

Tom Phillips
Guardian
Chinese consortium thinks involvement will benefit nation’s football.

Media

10.30.15

Xi’s State Visits As Seen on the Cover of ‘China Daily’

Orville Schell
The state visits of Chinese Communist Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping to Washington, D.C. in September and London last week were both significant milestones in China’s long term “rejuvenation,” a key element in Xi’s vaunted notion...

Criticism of the UK’s New Approach to China Is Misplaced

Rebecca Fabrizi
Diplomat
Wait for some evidence before assuming that only bad can come from good relations.

Where Does Britain Draw the Line with Saudi Arabia and China?

Michael White
Guardian
UK economy needs the cash flowing in, but politicians should be wary of throwing out all principle in favour of business.

Xi’s Visit to Britain Highlights Broader Shift in Concerns About China

STEVEN ERLANGER
New York Times
The visit to Britain by Xi Jinping is underscoring how European nations are de-emphasizing human rights and security concerns.

China Hopes to See A United EU, Xi Tells Britain on Visit

SARAH YOUNG AND BEN BLANCHARD
Reuters
Chinese President Xi Jinping has told Britain he wants to see a united European Union.

Britain Should Harness the Power of China's Red Tech Revolution

Liam Byrne MP
Telegraph
China's start-up culture means the best jobs of the future may soon be, not here, but in the East...

This Nuclear Power Deal With China Is One of the Maddest Ever Struck

Polly Toynbee
Guardian
The grand kowtow continues its humiliating progress today, but beggars can’t be choosers.

Britain 'Sucking up' to China Is a National Humiliation, Says PM's Former Adviser

Patrick Wintour
Guardian
Steve Hilton denounces lavish treatment of President Xi Jinping, saying UK should consider sanctions on China ‘not rolling out red carpet’.

Xi Jinping Visit: Chinese Leader Given Ceremonial Welcome

BBC
China's President Xi Jinping is receiving a ceremonial welcome by the Queen as he begins the first full day of his visit to the UK...

Prince William to Give Ivory Trade Speech as China's President Xi Arrives

BBC
The Duke of Cambridge is to deliver a speech on the illegal ivory trade for broadcast on Chinese state TV.

China and UK: Signs of a New 'Special Relationship?'

Katie Hunt
CNN
Does the UK have a new "special relationship?"...

Xi’s Visit to Kick Off a Golden Age of China-UK Relations

Shi Zhiqin and Lai Suetyi
Diplomat
A state visit next week is expected to spark a new era in bilateral ties.

How hard does China work?

Tom Phillips
Guardian
A look at the realities of working life in China, following Jeremy Hunt’s suggestion that Britons need to work as hard as the Chinese.

Environment

09.25.15

Weak Case for UK’s China-Funded Nuclear Plant, Critics Say

Isabel Hilton from chinadialogue
The U.K. and China moved closer this week to finalizing the finance of a highly controversial plan to build the first new nuclear power plant in the U.K. for a generation. The plant, Hinkley Point C in Somerset, western England, is seeking Chinese...

Osborne Praised for 'Not Stressing Human Rights' in China

BBC
The Global Times praised Mr Osborne's "pragmatism regarding his China policy"...

Nuclear Technology - China's Next Great Export?

Carrie Gracie
BBC
China will be part of building the next generation of UK nuclear power stations.

Taking Aim at Hong Kong

Jonathan Mirsky from New York Review of Books
A surge of emotion washed through me on Sunday night as I watched tens of thousands of protesters fill the streets of Hong Kong on television. It was the same feeling I had in Beijing on the nights leading up to the killings in Tiananmen Square on...

Media

09.18.14

‘What’s So Wrong with Splitting up?’

David Wertime
It reads like an Orwellian threat to all Scots: "The English government needs to immediately commence political thought education, and Scotland needs to be ruled by someone patriotic. Strike hard against separatist forces! Let every department...

Sinica Podcast

12.03.13

One Journalist’s Journey through China

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn & more from Sinica Podcast
This week, Kaiser and Jeremy are pleased to be joined by Isabel Hilton, a longstanding British journalist whose youthful interest in China got her blacklisted by the British security services and the British Broadcasting Corporation and redirected...

Who’s Afraid of Chinese Money?

Jonathan Mirsky from New York Review of Books
“China is what it is. We have to be here or nowhere.” Chancellor George Osborne, Britain’s second-highest official, was laying out the British government’s view last week, near the end of his trip aimed at selling Britain to Chinese companies...

Viewpoint

10.16.13

Innovation in Britain and What it Means for China

Vincent Ni
On the occasion of a high-level British delegation’s visit to Beiing this week, Vincent Ni, the long-time New York-based U.S. correspondent for the independent Caixin Media group, shared his views about China’s ability to innovate relative to what...

Reports

10.01.13

China’s Absorptive State

Kirsten Bound, Tom Saunders, James Wilsdon, Jonathan Adams
Nesta
A great deal of speculation surrounds China’s prospects in science and innovation, as with other aspects of China’s development and heightened visibility on the global stage. The same pitfalls—of hype, generalization, and only partial awareness of...

Son Of Chinese Official Jailed After Attempted Bribe And Threat

James Griffiths
Shanghaiist
At a meeting he had requested to discuss a 37 percent mark he had recently received on his dissertation (3 percentage points short of a pass) Li Yang offered £5,000 (47,000 yuan). He also came armed with an air pistol.  

Oxford Stars Building New China Center

JOYCE LAU
New York Times
Oxford University breaks ground on Dickson Poon China Center, with £10 million from Hong Kong philanthropist.