The Confucian Return in an Age of Extremes

The tenth anniversary of the establishment of the global network of Confucius Institutes was celebrated in China with a letter of congratulations from China’s CoE (Chairman of Everything) Xi Jinping, a conference in the Chinese capital organised as part of the Hanban Open Day, and official editorials and opinion pieces claiming that it was time … more

The Rights and Responsibilities of Disagreement

Editor’s Introduction As part of the robust engagement of the People’s Republic of China with media and academic opinion internationally, outspoken interventions, pointed critiques as well as rambunctious declamations are increasingly common. This should be the cause of celebration: multiple voices from China on topics of moment will surely enrich our understanding of that important … more

The Environment 环境 — A Brief Chronology

The China Story recently published a Lexicon entry on The Environment 环境, by Isabel Hilton, veteran foreign correspondent and founder of China Dialogue. Below is a timeline excerpted from the Lexicon entry.—The Editors The Environment 环境 — A Brief Chronology 1960s Mao Zedong boasts that in future, the view from Tiananmen Square would be ‘all … more

On this Day

The Australian Centre on China in the World is marking this day, one that some writers call ’35th May’, by screening the 1995 documentary film The Gate of Heavenly Peace. Produced by the Boston-based Long Bow Group, the film has enjoyed critical acclaim, and a measure of controversy, since its debut at the New York Film Festival. … more

1-5 May 2014: A Building, Two Films, an Exhibition, Two Lectures, a Podcast and Two Performances

On 1 May-5 May, the Australian Centre on China in the World at The Australian National University celebrated its new building (designed by Beijing-based architect Gerald Szeto with the Canberra architectural firm Munns Sly Moore) with a series of events: 1 May, a screening of the documentary film on the Cultural Revolution, ‘Morning Sun’ 《八九点钟的太阳》, … more

An Official Comment on Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement

The following letter was written by Katharine Siao Yue Chang, Representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia, in response to Mark Harrison’s article ‘The Sunflower Movement in Taiwan‘, published in The China Story Journal on 18 April.   __________________ Dear Editor, I am writing in response to the article ‘The Sunflower Movement in Taiwan’ by Dr Mark Harrison, … more

Religion and Locality in the Chinese World – two videos

Over three days in late August 2013, the Australian Centre on China in the World hosted the workshop ‘Religion and Locality in the Chinese World‘. Two keynote addresses drew the attention of scholars attending the workshop and the broader community. They were both introduced by Dr Benjamin Penny, one of the organisers of the workshop. … more

Australia-China Agenda 2013

Agenda Papers 2013

Update on Australia-China Agenda 2013, 6 September 2013, on the eve of the Federal Election: THE AUSTRALIAN Centre on China in the World (CIW) engages with the public and policy discussion of relations with the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese world more broadly. Australia-China Agenda 2013 is our contribution to this important election year and to … more