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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...

Conversation

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...

Viewpoint

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...

Sinica Podcast

11.14.2014

Behind the Curtain at APEC

Sinica, Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn, Evan A. Feigenbaum, Damien Ma

With tensions between the West and Russia running high over Ukraine, China and Japan still wrangling over the Diaoyu islands, and America and China fighting over pretty much the same old petty stuff, it’s easy to be cynical about APEC. But...

Conversation

11.12.2014

Xi Jinping’s Culture Wars

Stanley Rosen, Michael Berry, Jindong Cai , Sheila Melvin

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...

Viewpoint

11.08.2014

Obama’s Chance to Get China Right

Paul Gewirtz

With much of his domestic agenda now stymied by the Republican sweep of Congress, President Obama’s room for maneuver remains greatest in foreign affairs. Yet with much of the Middle East in flames, an angry Vladimir Putin threatening...

Conversation

10.31.2014

What Should Obama and Xi Say to Each Other at APEC?

Chen Weihua, Hugh White , Wu Jianmin, Graham Webster

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...

Media

10.29.2014

A Talking Heads Video: China Strikes Back

Orville Schell

In the first episode of the new VICE News series Talking Heads, Orville Schell, the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society, and publisher of ChinaFile, discusses his New York Review of Books essay, “...

Media

10.27.2014

What China’s Reading: ‘Broken Dreams, USA’

Tea Leaf Nation

Zhou Xiaoping, a 33-year-old selfie-snapping blogger, has quickly become the new face of Chinese patriotism—or, some would say, nationalism. On October 15, Chinese President Xi Jinping held a forum in Beijing in which the president called...

Reports

10.01.2014

Avoiding the Blind Alley: China’s Economic Overhaul and Its Global Implications

Daniel H. Rosen

President Xi Jinping announced a sweeping overhaul for China’s economy in November 2013, with pledges to make market forces decisive, treat homegrown and foreign investors with the same laws and regulations, and change the mission...

China Strikes Back!

Orville Schell

When Deng Xiaoping arrived at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington in January 1979, his country was just emerging from a long revolutionary deep freeze. No one knew much about this 5-foot-tall Chinese leader. He had suddenly...

Caixin Media

07.31.2014

Ex-Politburo Members Accused of ‘Serious Discipline Violations’ Always Face Courts

Caixin

After much speculation, the axe has finally fallen on Zhou Yongkang, the former public security chief and member of the Politburo Standing Committee, indicating the Communist Party’s campaign against corruption will grant no exceptions to...

Conversation

07.31.2014

Zhou Yongkang’s Downfall

Sebastian Veg, Roderick MacFarquhar, Taisu Zhang, Richard McGregor, Zha Daojiong, Andrew Wedeman

On July 29, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Chinese Communisty Party announced it was investigating ex-security czar Zhou Yongkang “on suspicion of grave violations of discipline.” Zhou, who retired from the...

Books

07.23.2014

The New Emperors

How does one become the leader of the world’s newest superpower? And who holds the real power in the Chinese system? China has become the powerhouse of the world economy and home to one in five of the world’s population, yet we know almost...

Caixin Media

04.08.2014

Crimea Rattles the Chinese Dream

Caixin

At the Sochi Winter Olympics, President Xi Jinping professed his affection for Russian letters. Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, and other literary giants made up the reading list of his youth, and his generation was raised on a diet of Russian...

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