Written by Tom Harper. With the exception of East Asia, the case of Chinese foreign policy towards the African states has been the most popular example of China’s international relations. Chinese initiatives have achieved a lot in the continent in a comparatively brief period of time. Such is the influence of these policies that the … Continue reading The Symbolism of Chinese Power: How the Image of China in Africa Illustrates China’s Global Ambitions and its Contest with the West
Written by Tom Fowdy. Misleadingly attributed as allies, China’s contemporary relationship with Pyongyang is rooted in its strategic value against the United States. As North Korea’s provocative behaviour stifles China’s regional ambitions by inviting a greater U.S presence into North East Asia, the Xi Jinping premiership has sought to navigate between the problematic pressures of … Continue reading Sanctions Diplomacy: The American Factor in contemporary China-North Korea Relations
Written by Avital Avina. Framing—a martyr and dissident or an agitator and instigator? In my previous blog post, I wrote about the life of Liu Xiaobo. In part 2, I look more closely at how media frames affect the coverage of Liu Xiaobo’s work, life, and death. It is important to note that ‘frame’ here … Continue reading Pt.2: Liu Xiaobo dies at 61: a look at his life.
News stories about China from the last week. Life in China China gripped by censored essay on Beijing (BBC, 1 August) A candid opinion piece describing the growing difficulties of living in Beijing appears to have become the target of Chinese government censorship. The essay, entitled "Beijing has 20 million people pretending to have a … Continue reading Not just pandas! News from China 5 August 2017