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09.19.2014

China and Climate Change: What’s Next?

Angel Hsu, Barbara A. Finamore

Climate Week at the United Nations General Assembly is upon us and we asked a group of experts to bring us up-to-date about the areas where progress on climate change looks most possible for China, now the world’s largest emitter of...

Environment

09.19.2014

Here’s How This Giant Chinese Forest Disappeared

Michael Zhao

In early August, Greenpeace China’s forest campaigner Wu Hao wrote a piece in the environmental section of the newspaper Southern Weekly about China’s astonishing rate of deforestation. He posted dramatic before and after satellite images...

Viewpoint

09.18.2014

More Exploitation, More Happiness

Kevin Slaten

It was one of the deadliest industrial disasters in recent Chinese history. On August 2, a massive metal dust explosion killed 75 workers and injured another 186 at a factory in Kunshan, in Jiangsu province, that supplied wheels to General...

Conversation

09.12.2014

Is a Trade War with China Looming?

Arthur R. Kroeber , Donald Clarke

As Alibaba gets ready to sell shares on Wall Street, U.S. investors will be focused on Chinese companies getting a fair shake here in America even as some big U.S. brand names (Microsoft, Chrysler, et al) are being shaken down by China’s...

Environment

09.10.2014

The Dark Side of the Boom

chinadialogue, Isabel Hilton

Just over a year ago, in July 2013, a report published in the U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, put the health impacts of air pollution in China into an unusually clear framework: residents of south China, the...

Caixin Media

09.03.2014

Beijing Must Address Claims of Anti-Foreign Bias

Caixin

Once mocked as a “toothless tiger,” China’s anti-monopoly law is finally demonstrating some bite, six years after it took effect. The three agencies responsible for enforcing it—the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the...

Conversation

09.02.2014

Hong Kong—Now What?

David Schlesinger, Mei Fong, Nicholas Bequelin

David Schlesinger: Hong Kong’s tragedy is that its political consciousness began to awaken precisely at the time when its leverage with China was at its lowest ebb.

Viewpoint

08.28.2014

China’s Nicaraguan Canal

Carlos F. Chamorro

While Nicaragua was once a central concern—indeed, almost an obsession—of Washington, as Sandinistas and Contras seemed to be battling for the soul of the Western Hemisphere, in more recent times our small and quite impoverished country...

Wang Lixiong and Woeser: A Way Out of China’s Ethnic Unrest?

Ian Johnson

Woeser and Wang Lixiong are two of China’s best-known thinkers on the government’s policy toward ethnic minorities. With violence in Tibet and Xinjiang now almost a monthly occurrence, I met them at their apartment in Beijing to talk about...

Beyond the Dalai Lama: An Interview with Woeser and Wang Lixiong

Ian Johnson

In recent months, China has been beset by growing ethnic violence. In Tibet, 125 people have set themselves on fire since the suppression of 2008 protests over the country’s ethnic policies. In the Muslim region of Xinjiang, there have...

Environment

08.07.2014

What to Do About China’s Polluted Farmland?

chinadialogue, Caixin

While the extent of China’s soil pollution crisis is becoming clearer, the consensus on what to do next is still lacking. The results of the state soil survey earlier this year were damning: 16.1% of sampling points nationwide were in...

Sinica Podcast

08.02.2014

The Rule of Law in China

Jeremy Goldkorn, David Moser, Donald Clarke

This week on Sinica, Jeremy and David are joined by Donald Clarke, a professor at George Washington University where he specializes in Chinese law, for a discussion of what is happening with the Zhou Yongkang corruption scandal, as well as...

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...

Environment

07.23.2014

Moving a Mountain, of Trash

chinadialogue

On July 1, tough new standards for pollution from waste incinerators came into effect. The move is an attempt to end the conflict between communities across China and the nearby rubbish-burning plants they believe threaten their health and...

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