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01.16.2015

Why Did The West Weep for Paris But Not for Kunming?

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Taisu Zhang, Zha Daojiong, Andrew J. Nathan, James Palmer, Chen Weihua, Donald Clarke

In the days since the attacks that killed 12 people at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Chinese netizens have watched the outpouring of solidarity. As our colleagues at Foreign Policy reported earlier this...

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01.08.2015

What Does Hong Kong’s Post-Protest Report Signal For Relations with Beijing?

David Schlesinger, Joseph Cheng, Denise Y. Ho, Ho-fung Hung, Frank Ching, Louisa Lim, Mark L. Clifford

This week, we saw the release of the official government “Report on the Recent Community and Political Situation in Hong Kong.” It concluded:

Sinica Podcast

01.06.2015

The Sinica Podcast’s Second Annual Call-In Show

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn

If you’ve been following all of the news and gossip involving China for the last year, join Kaiser and Jeremy as they take call-in questions and talk insider politics on everything from the ongoing anti-corruption campaign to the question...

Caixin Media

01.06.2015

In Praise of Hu Feng

Sheila Melvin

Hu Feng (1902-85) is a name that most students of P.R.C. history have undoubtedly encountered at one time or another. I remember reading it for the first time years ago in Jonathan Spence’s “The Search for Modern China.” It stuck in my...

China’s Brave Underground Journal—II

Ian Johnson

In downtown Beijing, just a little over a mile west of the Forbidden City, is one of China’s most illustrious high schools. Its graduates regularly attend the country’s best universities or go abroad to study, while foreign leaders and...

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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...

Books

12.23.2014

Top Five China Books of 2014

Laura Chang

As the editor of ChinaFile’s Books section, I have the privilege of meeting and interviewing some amazing writers covering China today—academics, journalists, scholars, activists. Based on these conversations, we create short videos of the...

Reporting & Opinion

12.23.2014

China in 2014 Through the Eyes of a Human Rights Advocate

Yaxue Cao

This time last year, volunteers and I were busy writing and translating articles to prepare for the New Citizens Movement trials.

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12.19.2014

Just How Successful Is Xi Jinping?

Ian Johnson, Trey Menefee

Last week, Arthur Kroeber, Editor of the China Economic Quarterly opined that “…the Chinese state is not fragile. The regime is strong, increasingly self-confident, and without organized opposition.” His essay, which drew strong, if...

Conversation

12.16.2014

What Must China and Japan Do to Get Along in 2015?

Allen Carlson, Zha Daojiong

Last week, Akio Takahara, a professor at the University of Tokyo currently visiting Peking University, wrote a New York Times Op-Ed praising recent diplomatic efforts by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and Chinese President Xi Jinping...

Viewpoint

12.16.2014

Why Marx Still Matters: The Ideological Drivers of Chinese Politics

Rogier Creemers

In days of greater political brouhaha, “to go and see Marx” used to be a slang expression among Chinese Communists, to refer to death. More recently, a considerable number of commentators have pronounced the expiry of Marxism itself. China...

Infographics

12.05.2014

China’s Fallen Mighty [Graphic]

David M. Barreda, Youyou Zhou, Ouyang Bin, Zhang Mengqi

Over the past thirty-eight years, twelve of China’s top leaders have been purged. This infographic and the bios of these leaders explain how and why these mighty men fell. Download the high-resolution graphic.

Features

12.05.2014

China’s Fallen Mighty [Updated]

Ouyang Bin, Zhang Mengqi, David M. Barreda, Youyou Zhou

Political infighting and purges have been hallmarks of the Chinese Communist Party since its earliest days but came to a peak during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, damaging the country and paralyzing the Party itself. When Mao died in...

China’s Brave Underground Journal

Ian Johnson

On the last stretch of flatlands north of Beijing, just before the Mongolian foothills, lies the satellite city of Tiantongyuan. Built during the euphoric run-up to the 2008 Olympics, it was designed as a modern, Hong Kong–style housing...

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