China’s Real Economic Prowess
Economy,China
By Yu Zheng - 15 Jun 2016

China’s Real Economic Prowess

It is ironic that the world’s largest trading nation still needs other countries to judge its trade status, an indication that China has a long way to go to transform its economic prowess into political power. Can China exercise its economic weight to win more political support?
Time for Action: Chinese Companies and “One Belt One Road”
Economy,China

By Xue Gong - 10 Jun 2016

Time for Action: Chinese Companies and “One Belt One Road”

Propaganda Wars over the South China Sea
Politics,Security,Hotspots,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 09 Jun 2016

Propaganda Wars over the South China Sea

16+1 Platform: Extent and Limit of China’s Global Influence
Politics,Economy,China

16+1 Platform: Extent and Limit of China’s Global Influence

As President Xi Jinping has recently visited the Czech Republic and his visits to Serbia and Poland are expected in the upcoming weeks, it is the right time to assess the state of the relationship between China and Central and Eastern Europe and the developments within the 16+1 framework.
The Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

The Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 and the South China Sea

In his address to the 2016 Shangri-La Dialogue, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter outlined the US concept of a principled security network in the Asia-Pacific. The US sees China’s activities, especially in the South China Sea, as leading it towards raising a “Great Wall of self-isolation.”
China’s Rural Graduates: Urbanization, Employability and Social Mobility
Society,China

China’s Rural Graduates: Urbanization, Employability and Social Mobility

Spatial mobility from home to university and the subsequent mobility from the rural peasant to the urban employee class provide Chinese graduates with experiences of upward social mobility.
By Zhuoyi Wen - 27 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
China’s Fandom Publics and Re-Assessment of the Internet’s Democratic Potential
Society,Cyberspace,China

China’s Fandom Publics and Re-Assessment of the Internet’s Democratic Potential

The identity of being fans has become prominent since the 1990s and Chinese fandom has been heavily intertwined with issues including modernity, commercialization, and globalization.
Taiwan’s South China Sea Claim: Entwined with Cross-Strait Relations
Hotspots,China,East Asia

Taiwan’s South China Sea Claim: Entwined with Cross-Strait Relations

Taiwan’s future leaders should not see the South China Sea issue as distinct from China-Taiwan relations. It is the political status of the two governments that underlines Taiwan’s South China Sea contestations.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor One Year On
Economy,China,South Asia

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor One Year On

It has just been over a year since Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during his inaugural state visit to Pakistan in April 2015. The Pakistani port of Gwadar will commence full operations by the end of 2016. Gwadar is essential to CPEC as it will connect CPEC with shipping on the Arabian Sea.
Feeding the Chinese: Wither the Self-Sufficiency Policy?
Society,Environment,China

Feeding the Chinese: Wither the Self-Sufficiency Policy?

The effectiveness of China’s new food security strategy remains doubtful, as it might turn out to be extremely difficult, if not entirely impossible, for it to achieve absolute security or self-sufficiency in staples. China’s attempts to boost staple production could bring huge economic, social and environmental costs to the country.
The Maritime Silk Road Plan: A Way Forward for the South China Sea?
Economy,Security,China

The Maritime Silk Road Plan: A Way Forward for the South China Sea?

The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road plan, along with subtle management tactics and reconsideration of regional customs, sheds light on how the South China Sea issue can be redressed, by providing an alternative that goes beyond the over-politicized and overtly-judicialized hurdles.
China, the US and the South China Sea: What’s Going On?
Security,Hotspots,China

China, the US and the South China Sea: What’s Going On?

In the run-up to the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s decision regarding the Philippines/China dispute in the South China Sea, China has been “reclaiming,” building on and, the US charges, “militarizing” unoccupied, and in some cases, originally submerged features. The relatively muffled rhetoric on both sides have led to speculation as to what is going on behind the scenes.
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