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    U.S.-China Flashpoints in the Age of Trump

    A ChinaFile Conversation

    Zha Daojiong, Isaac Stone Fish & more via ChinaFile Conversation

    Over the past year, Donald Trump has vowed to “utterly destroy” ISIS, considered lifting sanctions on Russia, promised to cancel the Paris climate agreement and “dismantle” the Iran nuclear deal. But many of his most inflammatory statements are directed at China. He has promised to label China as a “currency manipulator,” suggested he will dispense with the “one China policy,” and threatened to slap a 45 percent tariff on Chinese imports. His nominee for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has... Read full story>>

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    Do We Want to Live in China’s World?

    Robert Daly

    Each weekday morning, I cross D.C.’s National Mall and pass a sign on Constitution Avenue bearing an epigram by the U.S. architect Daniel Burnham: Make No Little Plans. And every morning, these words make me think not of Burnham’s 20th century United States, but of 21st century China. That is now where staggering plans are made and funded. Some Chinese plans will improve lives around the world, while others may erode the liberal international order the United States has led since 1945. Read full story>>

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    How Donald Trump Could Give China a Real Boost in Africa

    Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more via China Africa Project

    The election of Donald Trump has introduced a new era of uncertainty in global politics, especially in Africa where the U.S. president-elect has said nothing about his foreign policy agenda for the continent. Not surprisingly, Trump’s unpredictable, provocative style is sparking widespread concern across the continent as to whether the United States plans to remain engaged in Africa.China, by comparison, is moving in the opposite direction. Beijing’s New Year’s announcement to finally outlaw... Read full story>>

  • Kiki Zhao, courtesy of Edward Wong

    The State of Journalism in China—Ed Wong’s Exit Interview

    A Sinica Podcast

    Jeremy Goldkorn, Kaiser Kuo & more via Sinica Podcast

    Edward Wong became a reporter for The New York Times in 1999. He covered the Iraq war from Baghdad from 2003 to 2007, and then moved to Beijing in 2008. He has written about a wide range of subjects in China for the Times, and became its Beijing bureau chief in 2014. A regular guest on the Sinica Podcast, Ed made many appearances going back to August 2011, when he joined the show to discuss his profile of documentary filmmaker Zhao Liang and self-censorship in the arts scene at that time. Since... Read full story>>

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    The U.S. Media’s Unfortunate Obsession with One Beijing Rag

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    David Wertime via Tea Leaf Nation

    On January 11, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson raised eyebrows in Washington when he said, “We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that first the island-building stops” in the South China Sea and that “[Beijing’s] access to those islands is also not going to be allowed.” China is used to hearing the United States tell it (fruitlessly) to stop building, but the assertion that China would be... Read full story>>

  • Liao Lulu—Tencent “Living”

    House Calls on the Tibetan Plateau, Children of Divorce, Celebrity Secrets

    A Monthly Roundup of China’s Best Photojournalism

    Yan Cong, Ye Ming & more via Yuanjin Photo

    In the final galleries of 2016, the publishing juggernaut Tencent again shows its leadership in the documentary photography space, but iFeng’s choice to publish a personal photo gallery by Zhou Xin is also worth a good look, especially since personal photo essays are rare in China’s documentary space. ... Read full story>>

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    The Unpredictability of U.S.-China Relations Under Trump

    A China in the World Podcast

    Paul Haenle & Chen Dingding via Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy

    As U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration approaches, uncertainty looms over the future of U.S.-China policy. In part one of this two-part podcast, Paul Haenle speaks with Chen Dingding, an International Relations professor at Jinan University and Founding Director of the Intellisia Institute, about the Chinese reaction to Trump’s election and his views on how it could impact future bilateral relations.Ahead of the November elections, Chen predicted not only that Trump would win the... Read full story>>

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Jonathan Mirsky from New York Review of Books
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Taiwan’s China Dilemma

Syaru Shirley Lin
China and Taiwan share one of the world’s most complex international relationships. Although similar cultures and economic interests have promoted an explosion of economic ties between them since the late 1980s, these ties have not led to an improved political relationship, let alone progress toward the unification that both governments once claimed to seek. In addition, Taiwan’s recent Sunflower Movement succeeded in obstructing deeper economic ties with China. Why has Taiwan’s policy toward China been so inconsistent?Taiwan’s China Dilemma explains the divergence between the development of economic and political relations across the Taiwan Strait through the interplay of national identity and economic interests. Using primary sources, opinion surveys, and interviews with Taiwanese opinion leaders, Syaru Shirley Lin paints a vivid picture of one of the most unsettled and dangerous relationships in the contemporary world, and illustrates the growing backlash against economic liberalization and regional economic integration around the world. —Stanford University Press{chop}



The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China

Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
This lavishly illustrated volume explores the history of China during a period of dramatic shifts and surprising transformations, from the founding of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) through to the present day.The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China promises to be essential reading for anyone who wants to understand this rising superpower on the verge of what promises to be the “Chinese century,” introducing readers to important but often overlooked events in China’s past, such as the bloody Taiping Civil War (1850-1864), which had a death toll far higher than the roughly contemporaneous American Civil War. It also helps readers see more familiar landmarks in Chinese history in new ways, such as the Opium War (1839-1842), the Boxer Uprising of 1900, the rise to power of the Chinese Communist Party in 1949, and the Tiananmen protests and Beijing Massacre of 1989.This is one of the first major efforts—and in many ways the most ambitious to date—to come to terms with the broad sweep of modern Chinese history, taking readers from the origins of modern China right up through the dramatic events of the last few years (the Beijing Games, the financial crisis, and China’s rise to global economic pre-eminence) which have so fundamentally altered Western views of China and China’s place in the world. —Oxford University Press{chop}

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