Little Apples in Xinjiang

David Brophy is a specialist in the social and political history of China’s northwest, particularly Xinjiang, and its connections with the Islamic and Russian/Soviet worlds. A former post-doctoral fellow with the Australian Centre on China in the World, he is now a lecturer at the University of Sydney. His book on the politics of Uyghur nationalism between Xinjiang … more

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

Australia’s Asia

On 28 October 2012, the Australian Government released its much-anticipated White Paper, Australia in the Asian Century. As the framers of the document remark: The scale and pace of Asia’s transformation is unprecedented and the implications for Australia are profound. Australia’s geographic proximity, depth of skills, stable institutions and forward-looking policy settings place it in a … more