The Chinese Dream abroad

Xi’s state visits People’s Daily: Cartoon commentary, President Xi’s France, Zimbabwe, South Africa visit: Foster new future of China-Zimbabwe friendship. An optimistic piece on the prospects of the future relationship between Zimbabwe and China. Quartz: China’s Xi Jinping pledges $60 billion to help Africa solve its problems its own way. During the China-Africa Summit in … more

Australia navigates a new, Sino-centric region

Sino-Australian relations The Australian: Deeper US-Australian defence links best response to China. Australia likely to deepen its already close defense ties with the US to counter a more volatile, China-centric Pacific region. The Australian: China’s bumpy ride along the new Silk Road. As China begins to focus on building the “maritime Silk Road,” Australia should … more

PLA’s battle for netizen hearts and minds continues

Chinese Militarism People’s Daily: China Releases Publicity Video to Showcase Military Power. Netizens have had mixed reactions to the video recently released by the PLA ostensibly showcasing China’s military might. The video features illegally used music from a 1993 album by Eric Levi’s musical project Eva, The Mass, which has inexplicably failed to strike a … more

Climate change with Chinese characteristics

Climate change with Chinese characteristics China Daily: China’s demographics create challenges: Country’s size, population shifts mean more vulnerability to problems from climate change The Guardian: Climate change threatens China’s booming coastal cities, says expert Xinhua Net: 解振华:应对气候变化“中国答卷”拿高分当之无愧 (Xie Zhenhua: In responding to global warming, China’s ‘answer sheet’ deserves high marks) Foreign NGO management People’s Daily: … more

The world order according to China

China in the World New York Times: The World According to China China’s enormous overseas spending has helped it displace the United States and Europe as the leading financial power in large parts of the developing world. Here’s where China has the most influence, based on its share of foreign investment since 2005. Foreign Affairs: … more

Sydney Consulate stormed

Tibetan Protestors Storm Chinese Consulate in Sydney Global Times: Editorial: Sydney police that let mob attack consulate failed to do their duty According to Western media, a group of Tibetan students and former political prisoners stormed the Chinese consulate in Sydney and pulled down the Chinese national flag on Wednesday. Eight of the over 50 … more

Ghosts of a purge

Xi at the Helm Caixin: 习近平视察徐才厚服役旧地 再提肃清影响 (Xi Jinping inspects Xu Caihou’s old Army unit, once again raising the ghosts of the purge) Internet Censorship China File: Taming the Flood: How China’s Leaders ‘Guide’ Public Opinion University of Toronto: Politics, Rumors, and Ambiguity: Tracking Censorship on WeChat’s Public Accounts Platform ‘This report offers the first … more

Fengshui master murder mystery deepens

Celebrity Fengshui Master Suspected in Murder Case “大师”王林被警方带走 曾被传在床上为女星开光 “气功大师”王林被警方带走调查 反目弟子死亡 People’s Daily: Mysterious Chinese Fengshui Master Involved in Murder Case Self-proclaimed Fengshui master Wang Lin was found to be involved in an abduction and murder case, local police confirmed on Wednesday. The victim, last name Zou, used to be Wang’s follower and … more

Polluting ideas and historical nihilism

Polluting ideas and historical nihilism Historical Nihilism and Yanhuang chunqiu 炎黄春秋 (late 2014 to mid 2015) 研究:我国意识形态面临哪些风险? Radio Free Asia: Chinese Magazine Warned by Censors, Future Now Uncertain Utopia: 纪念抗日战争70周年——批判历史虚无主义座谈会 军刊发文起底《炎黄春秋》:兜售历史虚无主义的大本营 中国共产党的失误并不是不能说,但一定要进行系统、具体、历史的分析。当事后诸葛亮是容易的,苛求前人也是容易的。历史地看,中国共产党与其领导人所犯的错误,主要是由于经验不足和历史的局限所造成的,而不是党的领导地位和社会主义制度本身造成的。中国共产党所经历的曲折和犯过的错误,并不是党的本质和主流。总的来说,中国共产党的历史还是光辉的历史。作为一个对人民负责的无产阶级政党,中国共产党从来都能正视自己的错误,并且注意从自己所犯的错误中学习并汲取教训。… 在如何看待中国近代史的革命问题上,替中国近代统治阶级翻案,否定中国革命的必然性和合理性。这也是一种历史虚无主义。 Tourism or terrorism? New York Times: China Says Detained Tourists Were Watching Terrorist Propaganda A group of foreign tourists, including … more

The conspiracies behind rights lawyers

Rights lawyers People’s Daily: 揭开“维权”事件的黑幕 New York Times: Chinese Authorities Detain and Denounce Rights Lawyers, People’s Daily Details Allegations Against Lawyers Detained in China Global Times: US sings old tune over radical lawyers Taiwan Focus Taiwan: China against US-Taiwan cooperation At this regular news conference held by China’s Defense Ministry on June 25th, the message … more