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

China freezes out competition and secures Winter 2022 Olympic Games

China Wins 2022 Winter Olympic Bid New York Times: To Some, Beijing Olympics Song Is Suspiciously Similar to Ballad From Disney’s ‘Frozen.’ Within a few hours of its release, there were already allegations that China had copied portions of the hit song from Disney’s ‘Frozen’ as the theme song for the winter 2022 Olympic ballad. … 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

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

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

Stock market woes

Stock markets Washington Post: In China, hostile foreign forces blamed for bursting stock market bubble The Beijing News: 证监会:外资做空A股传闻不实 Closer Look: Gov’t Had No Reason to Intervene in Stock Market Turbulence Closer Look: Gov’t Had No Reason to Intervene in Stock Market Turbulence Xinhua: China Headlines: Shares regain territory in tug-of-war between bulls, bears China … more

The National Security Law

National security law Xinhua: China adopts new law on national security New York Times: Security Law Suggests a Broadening of China’s ‘Core Interests’ China Law Translate: National Security Law Canberra Times: China approves sweeping security law, bolstering communist rule Xi at the Helm People’s Daily: 人民日报“任理轩”文章阐述“四个全面”四大“新飞跃” Ideological war People’s Daily: “中国崩溃论”:西方的意识形态武器 “China collapse theories: an … more