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05.19.15

Dredging For Disaster

<p>Tensions are rising in the South China Sea. On May 16, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Beijing for talks <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/16/world/asia/kerry-china-south-sea-dispute.html?smid=tw-share"...

Sinica Podcast

05.18.15

Leonard Bernstein and China

Kaiser Kuo, David Moser & more
<p>This week on Sinica, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are delighted to host Alexander Bernstein, son of Leonard Berstein and director of the Bernstein Family Foundation, who is now in China on part of a cultural tour. Accompanied by Alison...

Conversation

05.14.15

The Future of NGOs in China

Isabel Hilton, Carl Minzner & more
<p>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 <a...

Environment

04.30.15

‘Blue Sky’ App Gets China’s Public Thinking About Pollution Solutions

<p>The <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wei-lan-de-tu2.0/id838211758?mt=8" target="_blank">Blue Sky Map app</a>, which was officially launched April 28 by the <a href="http://www.ipe.org.cn/En/...

Environment

04.24.15

Fracking May be Needed in China to Wean it Off Coal

<p>Fracking of China’s huge shale gas reserves will only have a modest impact on the environment if anti-pollution controls—many of them new—are enforced rigorously, says a new <a href="/node/15271" target="_blank">...

Chinese Cultural Diplomacy in Africa

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more
<p>The Chinese government has spent billions of dollars in Africa on public diplomacy initiatives that are intended to improve the country’s image. Central to that strategy is the growing network of Confucius Institutes (CIs) spread across the...

Media

03.20.15

China Has Its Own Anti-Vaxxers—Blame the Internet

Alexa Olesen
<p>While health officials in the United States and parts of Europe wrestle with a growing anti-vaccination, or “anti-vaxxer” movement, China is dealing with a less organized but similarly serious fear of immunizations. Social media reveals...

Conversation

03.18.15

Dark Days for Women in China?

Rebecca E. Karl, Leta Hong Fincher & more
<p><em>With China’s recent <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/12/five-chinese-feminists-held-international-womens-day" target="_blank">criminal detention of five feminist activists</a>,...

Environment

03.05.15

Beijing Says Panda Population Up 17%, But Experts Doubtful

<p>China's claims that its population of wild giant pandas rose around 17% in just over a decade are being disputed by some experts, who point out that the latest census was over a much wider area than the previous one.</p><p>...

Media

03.04.15

The Other China

Michael Meyer & Ian Buruma
<p>Writers Michael Meyer and Ian Buruma engage in a discussion co-sponsoted by <a href="http://www.chinafile.com/library/nyrb-china-archive" target="_blank"><em>The New York Review of Books</em></a>...

Conversation

03.03.15

Why Has This Environmental Documentary Gone Viral on China’s Internet?

Angel Hsu, Michael Zhao & more
<p>[Updated: March 6,&nbsp; 2015] Our friends at <em>Foreign Policy</em> hit the nail on the head by headlining writer Yiqin Fu's Monday story "<a href="https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/03/02/chinas-national-...

Chinese Studies at the University of Botswana

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more
<p>It’s long been said that while China may have an Africa policy, Africans do not have a China policy. In particular, too many Africans do not understand the language, culture, and politics of their new number one trading partner. The...

Conversation

02.12.15

Is Mao Still Dead?

Rebecca E. Karl, Michael Schoenhals & more
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 power and his...

Conversation

01.29.15

Is China’s Internet Becoming an Intranet?

George Chen, Charlie Smith & more
<p>With Astrill and several other free and paid-subscription virtual private networks (VPNs) that make leaping China’s Great Firewall possible <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/30/world/asia/china-clamps-down-still-harder-on-...

Environment

01.28.15

China to Appoint Academic as New Environment Minister

<p>The head of Beijing’s Tsinghua University is likely to be appointed to the top environmental job in in China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, according to reports, as the country’s leadership moves to defuse public anger about...

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