An American in Shanghai: Then and Now

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An American in Shanghai is a documentary film on US-China relations by William A. Callahan, who is professor of international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and author of China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future, a paperback edition of which was published in 2015 (for The China Story coverage of this work, … more

China’s media on the South China Sea ruling

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Matt Schrader completed undergraduate degrees in international affairs and economics at The George Washington University in 2007 and subsequently spent eight years working in Beijing, among other things, as an editor, translator, and social entrepreneur. Now Chengdu-based, he has recently begun publishing analysis and commentary on Asia-Pacific strategic issues. He is a contributor to the China … more

Wellington Koo, Mukden and Multilateralism

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Will Peyton completed his undergraduate studies in history at the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Asia-Pacific studies at the Australian National University where he is now undertaking PhD research on the work of prize-winning science-fiction writer, Liu Cixin 刘慈欣. Will has also studied at the Renmin University of China, Peking University and the … more

Liao Yiwu on human rights, universal values and Chinese culture

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When Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull embarked on his inaugural thirty-six-hour visit to China on 14 April 2016, he had one key objective: to maximise opportunities for Australian businesses under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (CHAFTA) which had come into effect on 20 December 2015. The visit was, by all accounts, successful and tension-free, focused … more

Shanzhai 山寨 China & its Contents

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In the welter of discussions in Australia about ‘innovation’, ‘agility’ and being ‘nimble’ in the marketplace, it is timely for us to consider China’s own inventive shanzhai culture and its consumers. In fact, it is especially fitting to reflect on shanzhai as a form of disruptive innovation this year, which marks half a century since the onslaught … more

2016: The Golden Monkey 金猴, a Year to Remember

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This Year of the Monkey which begins on 8 February 2016 marks the anniversary of a number of significant moments in modern Chinese history. We have invited Geremie R. Barmé, Emeritus Professor of Chinese history at the Australian National University, Founding Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World and creator of The … more

The Territorial City II – Shanghai Pudong

The city of Shanghai and the Pudong New Area (Linework by Puzhou Wu)

Carolyn Cartier is a professor of geography and Chinese Studies at the University of Technology Sydney. She collaborates with the Centre for Research on the Administrative Divisions at East China Normal University in Shanghai and the following essay examines the new Shanghai Free Trade Zone in relation to the 2009 expansion of that city’s Pudong New Area … more

Inside Out: Owen Lattimore on China

Owen Lattimore with Chiang Kai-shek

Nicholas Loubere is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World. He introduces the renowned scholar Owen Lattimore’s ‘From China, Looking Outward’, his Inaugural Lecture as Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Leeds, which was delivered on 21 October 1963 (Lattimore taught at that university until 1970). The text of that … more

Master of Translation: Simon Leys’ Confucius

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Over recent months, we have commemorated the writer, scholar and teacher Pierre Ryckmans (Simon Leys), who passed away on 11 August 2014, in a number of ways: First, on 11 August 2015, with the screening at the Australian Centre on China in the World of the film based on his 1991 novel La mort de … more