Backlash – China in 2020

ChinaFile asked me and some other China people for our predictions about the coming year. This was mine: “Backlash” is the word for China in 2020. Engagement, progress, friendship, admiration, prosperity—the arc of change for China has moved, with the horrific exception of Tiananmen and its aftermath, in a steady, consistent, and predictable direction. Until..

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China, Xinjiang and Foreign Pressure

Who’s standing up for the Uyghurs?:  The treatment of the Uyghur people in China’s far west Xinjiang region has been condemned by journalists but overseas governments have largely remained silent. Has China become too powerful to criticise or does the international community simply not care? Andrew Mueller from Monocle Radio’s Foreign Desk program is joined..

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“My War Eagles Are Flying Around The Treasured Island” – China/Taiwan tension at the Lunar New Year

The always heated rhetoric between China and Taiwan has ratcheted up another notch at the Lunar New Year, with China even issuing a soft-porn like military video entitled “My War Eagles Are Flying Around The Treasured Island”. The video, which should be seen to be believed, can be viewed here. Monocle radio invited Professor Steven..

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China-Taiwan: The Presidents Meet

I contributed the following piece to Nikkei Asian Review. The original is here. Xi and Ma must look beyond nationalism David Schlesinger When the Chinese and Taiwanese presidents meet in Singapore on Saturday, the first such meeting since the 1949 Communist revolution, it will be a battle between nationalism and pragmatism. The historic summit comes..

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