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

Xi Jinping and Books

In June 2010, Xi Jinping 习近平 visited Canberra and presented a gift of more than 1,000 books to the recently established Australian Centre on China in the World at The Australian National University. The books included in the gift reflected many of the Centre’s nascent interests (the Director and associates provided a wish-list at the … more

Christmas Eve in Beijing 北京平安之夜

It’s Christmas Eve in Beijing, and while the Christian holiday is not officially acknowledged by the atheistic party-state that rules China, it is celebrated by increasing numbers of Chinese people. Like Halloween and Valentine’s Day, Christmas is heavily promoted by malls, restaurants, bars and nightclubs; it’s another excuse to go out and consume (an activity … more


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