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South Africa: China’s BFF in Africa

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden, Kemo Bosielo

South Africa is emerging as one of China’s most important international partners as the relationship deepens across all levels. Economically, South Africa is the source of more Chinese investment than any other country on the continent....

Media

01.22.2015

Xi Jinping’s Pay Raise

Alexa Olesen

It just got slightly less difficult to be a clean Chinese official. State media reported on January 20 that Chinese civil servants had received their first pay raise in ten years, a move that includes a 60 percent bump for President Xi...

Caixin Media

01.20.2015

Good Times Are Over for Local Governments

Two pieces of recent news have piqued the public’s interest. First, local governments reported their latest debt figures to the Ministry of Finance. The numbers have not been made public, but sources say many officials reported large...

Sinica Podcast

01.19.2015

China and Charlie

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn

First there were the terrorist attacks in Paris. And then there was the global reaction to the attacks, with its spate of frenzied free-speech cartooning. And then there was the counter-reaction to the initial reaction, which played out...

Features

01.18.2015

Which U.S. President Said What About China?

David M. Barreda

On January 20, U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver his penultimate State of the Union address. In the past 35 State of the Union addresses (Reagan through the present), U.S. Presidents have referred to China 31 times. We put together...

Viewpoint

01.16.2015

The Plight of China’s Rights Lawyers

Frances Eve

As the year came to a close, at least seven prominent Chinese human rights lawyers rang in the New Year from a jail cell. Under President Xi Jinping, 2014 was one of the worst years in recent memory for China’s embattled civil society.

Conversation

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...

Viewpoint

01.15.2015

Chinese Lawyers to Chinese Lawmakers: Let Us Defend Our Clients

Joshua Rosenzweig

Legal Opinion on Article 35 of the Ninth (Draft) Amendment to the Criminal Law: “We are a group of legal professionals who care about the rights of lawyers and reform of the judicial system and who have taken note of the draft for the...

Media

01.13.2015

‘Where’s Our Unity March?’ China Wants to Know

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Rachel Lu

The January 7 terrorist attack on satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead has mostly inspired unity in the West, but the massive march held in its aftermath is spurring controversy, and even some disdain, in China.

Caixin Media

01.12.2015

China Turning Gray Over Pension Reform Stress

About 8,000 teachers in the northeastern city of Zhaodong stayed home for three days in November to protest an experimental pension scheme they called tantamount to a pay cut. The teachers claimed they’d been illegally forced to...

Environment

01.09.2015

China’s Polluters Hit with Biggest-Ever Fines

Two days before a new environmental law came into effect, six polluting companies in Jiangsu were ordered by the province’s highest court to pay 160 million yuan ($26 million) in restoration costs for illegally dumping almost 25,000 tons...

Caixin Media

01.09.2015

Baby Hatch Programs Struggle to Cope With Number of Infants With Birth Defects

Caixin

Giving birth to her first baby granted Zheng Yuling no happiness, but instead brought pain and sadness. The seriously ill girl died hours after birth, and Zheng’s husband, Chen Dafu, was arrested on suspicion he abandoned the newborn...

Viewpoint

01.08.2015

China’s Losing Bet Against History

Daniel Kliman

In 1991, Deng Xiaoping famously explained that in order to reassure the world of its peaceful intentions, China should “cope with affairs calmly; hide our capacities and bide our time; be good at maintaining a low profile; and never claim...

Conversation

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:

Environment

01.07.2015

A Post-Mortem on Jack Ma’s Hunting Trip

chinadialogue

In 2014, just before the U.S. IPO of his company Alibaba, Jack Ma became caught up in a debate sparked by a hunting trip he took to the U.K.. My colleagues and I at chinadialogue had an idea: rise above that debate and look at the facts.

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