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02.27.2015

Are China and Russia Forging a New Ideological Bloc?

Jacqueline N. Deal, Wu Jianmin, Pamela Kyle Crossley, Julia Famularo

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...

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02.19.2015

Beijing Touts ‘Cyber-Sovereignty’ In Internet Governance

Scott D. Livingston

It has been a difficult few weeks for global technology companies operating in China.

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02.12.2015

Is Mao Still Dead?

Rebecca E. Karl, Michael Schoenhals, Andrew J. Nathan, Richard Bernstein, Ho-fung Hung, Sebastian Heilmann , Roderick MacFarquhar, Jude Blanchette, Taisu Zhang, Richard H. Solomon, Suisheng Zhao, Stanley Lubman, Robert Kapp, The Editors

It has long been standard operating procedure for China’s leaders to pay tribute to Mao. Even as the People’s Republic he wrought has embraced capitalist behavior with ever more heated ardor, the party he founded has remained firmly in...

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01.29.2015

Is China’s Internet Becoming an Intranet?

George Chen, Charlie Smith, Steve Dickinson, David Schlesinger, Xiao Qiang, Rogier Creemers, David Wertime

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...

Features

01.28.2015

‘I Don’t Know Where Some Cadres Get Their Magical Powers’

The Editors

Earlier this month, at the close of the Chinese Communist Party’s 5th Plenum, the official People’s Daily noted on its website that as this important agenda-setting meeting came to a close it was worth paying attention to the recent...

South Africa: China’s BFF in Africa

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden, Kemo Bosielo

South Africa is emerging as one of China’s most important international partners as the relationship deepens across all levels. Economically, South Africa is the source of more Chinese investment than any other country on the continent....

Media

01.22.2015

Xi Jinping’s Pay Raise

Alexa Olesen

It just got slightly less difficult to be a clean Chinese official. State media reported on January 20 that Chinese civil servants had received their first pay raise in ten years, a move that includes a 60 percent bump for President Xi...

From ‘Made in China’ to ‘Made in Africa’

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden

A growing number of Chinese companies are looking to outsource production overseas in a bid to lower costs and meet Beijing’s increasingly stringent environmental laws. Ethiopia and South Africa are among the beneficiaries of this new...

China in Africa: 2014 Year in Review

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden

Two thousand fourteen marked another landmark year in Sino-African relations as bilateral trade set new records while political, diplomatic, and military ties strengthened across the board. Yet despite the tangible progress made this year...

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12.11.2014

Here Is Xi’s China: Get Used To It

Arthur R. Kroeber

The prevailing mood among China-watchers in 2014 was one of anxiety and skepticism. The year began in the shadow of Chinese assertiveness in the East and South China Seas. Economic concerns quickly took over: by February the property...

Features

12.10.2014

Why Beijing’s Troubles Could Get a Lot Worse

Few foreigners know China as intimately as Anne Stevenson-Yang does. She has spent the bulk of her professional life there since first arriving in 1985, working as a journalist, magazine publisher, and software executive, with stints in...

Caixin Media

12.09.2014

With New Fund, China Hits a Silk Road Stride

China’s ambitious plan to expand trade links westward into Central Asia in the spirit of the ancient Silk Road is taking shape now that the government has decided to shift foreign currency into a special fund.The State Council will tap the...

Report: Chinese Diplomats & Officials Tied to Ivory Trade in Africa

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden, Huang Hongxiang

A recent report by the U.K.-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) alleges Chinese diplomats and officials have been directly involved in the ivory trade in Africa. Most damaging, the EIA reports that even some members of visiting...

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11.19.2014

Was the U.S.-China Climate Deal Worth the Wait?

Deborah Seligsohn, Orville Schell, Joanna Lewis

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...

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11.14.2014

The Domestic Politics of the U.S.-China Climate Change Announcement

Ann Carlson, Alex Wang

The news from Beijing this week that the U.S. and China are committing to ambitious goals on climate change is, we think, monumental. No two countries are more important to tackling the problem than the largest carbon emitter over the past...

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