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03.04.2015

The Other China

Michael Meyer, Ian Buruma

Writers Michael Meyer and Ian Buruma engage in a discussion co-sponsoted by The New York Review of Books centered on Meyer’s new book, In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China, which combines immersion...

Conversation

03.03.2015

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

Angel Hsu, Michael Zhao, Deborah Seligsohn, Sam Geall, Barbara A. Finamore, Isabel Hilton

Our friends at Foreign Policy hit the nail on the head by headlining writer Yiqin Fu’s Monday story “China’s National Conversation about Pollution Has Finally Begun.” What happened? Well, over the weekend, the feature-length Chinese...

Chinese Studies at the University of Botswana

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden, Frank Youngman

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

02.12.2015

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...

Conversation

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...

Environment

01.28.2015

China to Appoint Academic as New Environment Minister

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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12.30.2014

A Look Back at 2014

The Editors

It’s hard to believe, but ChinaFile is almost two years old. It’s been an exciting year for us, and, as ever, an eventful year for China. It was a year of muscular leadership from Xi Jinping, who has now been in office just over two years...

Photo Gallery

12.30.2014

Seeing China in 2014

David M. Barreda

In 2014, ChinaFile published great original work in photography. As always, we worked to look beyond stereotypical images of the country to find nuanced representations of the new and ChinaFile contributors’ commentary on it. Still, many...

Infographics

12.15.2014

Is Studying Abroad Worth the Cost?

The number of Chinese students who choose to study abroad has increased by more than 1,000% since 2000. Yet education costs abroad also continue to rise. This infographic looks at reasons why Chinese students are choosing an education...

A Career in China-Africa Research

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden, Yoon Jung Park

Dr. Yoon Jung Park is among the most well-known Sino-Africa scholars in the field. Park has taught and done research on China-African affairs for over 20 years at universities in both the U.S. and Africa. Now based in Washington, D.C.,...

Media

11.20.2014

The Invisible Candidate in Taiwan’s Elections

Almost 80 percent of Taiwan, an island of 23 million off the coast of China, is expected to head to the polls November 29 to vote in local elections with more than 11,000 seats up for grabs. Voters will choose candidates ranging from...

Media

10.21.2014

Chinese Doubt Their Own Soft Power Venture

On September 27, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong read aloud a letter written by President Xi Jinping at a ceremony in Beijing celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Confucius Institute (CI) program, an international chain of academic...

Environment

10.09.2014

Locals Attack Factory After Children Poisoned with Lead

chinadialogue

Villagers from the township of Gangkou in Jiangxi province, southeast China, have smashed up a new lead recycling plant which was due to begin operating. Unconvinced by reassurances from the owners and local government that there would be...

Environment

10.02.2014

China ‘Not Ready to be a World Leader’ on Climate Change

chinadialogue

The U.N. Climate Summit 2014 in New York last week passed, as expected, with public statements of intent but no sign of firm commitments to reducing climate emissions. If a deal is to be reached in Paris next year, at the latest “last hope...

Conversation

10.01.2014

Is This the End of Hong Kong As We Know It?

Nicholas Bequelin, Sebastian Veg, David Schlesinger, Fu Hualing, Wong How Man, Teng Biao

Over the past week, tens of thousands of Hong Kong people have occupied the streets of their semi-autonomous city to advocate for the democratic elections slated to launch in 2017. The pro-democracy protestors have blocked major roads in...

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