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.
Written by Caterina Bellinetti. Compromise seems to be the word of the century. Compromise also seems to be the reason why Cambridge University Press (CUP) initially agreed to censor certain contents of The China Quarterly at the request of the Chinese government. The first statement that CUP published read that they: “will only consider blocking … Continue reading On Academic Freedom and Integrity
Written by Paul Gardner. Chinese literature deserves to be much better known in the West. For this blog I have selected some of my favourite Chinese novels (translated into English) from the last 100 years (and a bit). As a student of Chinese politics, I have been particularly interested to read novels that might reveal … Continue reading Great modern Chinese novels or The last century in China through Chinese Literature (Part 1)
Written by Caterina Bellinetti (@ducky_cat) “It’s difficult to say what English speakers with no experience of East Asia will make of the book.” This is how The Asian Review of Books end their critique of Xiaolu Guo’s memoir. They do have a point because “Once Upon a Time in the East” is not an easy … Continue reading Book Review: “Once Upon a Time in the East: A Story of Growing up” by Xiaolu Guo
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
Written by Avital Avina. Liu Xiaobo was not a name I was familiar with until his death. I might have heard about him in passing in a Chinese history class or on the news, but who the man was and what he did, and sacrificed, for China seemed to have slipped me by. This all … Continue reading Liu Xiaobo dies at 61: a look at his life.