Lenin’s New Economic Policy and Deng Xiaoping’s Reform and Opening Up – Contradictions of Communist Theory and the Embrace of State-Led Markets

Poster of Deng Xiaoping in Lizhi Park (by そらみみ via Wikimedia Commons) When the Bolshevik wing of the Russian Social-Democratic Workers’ Party led by Vladimir Lenin overthrew the Russian government and established the world's first Communist dictatorship in 1917, the new regime's aim was to abolish capitalism. “Socialism means the abolition of classes,” declared Lenin… Continue reading Lenin’s New Economic Policy and Deng Xiaoping’s Reform and Opening Up – Contradictions of Communist Theory and the Embrace of State-Led Markets

The Chinese Government’s “United Front” and the Threat to Liberal Democracies

Shanghai skyline (by MasaneMiyaPA via Wikimedia Commons) In a recent interview, Tesla CEO Elon Musk praised the Chinese government, calling it "sensitive" to public opinion. "When I meet with Chinese government officials, they're always very concerned about this. Are people going to be happy about a thing? Is this going to actually serve the benefit… Continue reading The Chinese Government’s “United Front” and the Threat to Liberal Democracies

“US Will Lose War With China Over Taiwan”, China’s State Media Threatens

On April 27 The Global Times, a mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), published an op-ed claiming that the United States will lose a war over Taiwan. "Considering the congestion of hostile forces in, above, and below the Taiwan Straits and South China Sea, conflict could explode by accident or design," the article states.… Continue reading “US Will Lose War With China Over Taiwan”, China’s State Media Threatens

China’s Government Orders Schools To Remove Books That “Worship Foreign Thought”

The government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) ordered primary and secondary schools to remove from curricula and libraries foreign books that are believed by the authorities to "worship and pandering to foreign thought" and to promote a wide range of ideas, from religious doctrines to "individualism". The move comes as the Chinese Communist… Continue reading China’s Government Orders Schools To Remove Books That “Worship Foreign Thought”

Xi Jinping Has Made It Harder To Study China, Say Taiwanese Scholars

Since Chinese President Xi Jinping came to power in 2013, it has become increasingly difficult for academics to do research in mainland China, say two Taiwanese scholars interviewed by Hong Kong-based news outlet Apple Daily. According to professor Wang Hsin-hsien (王信賢), head of the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies of Taiwan's National Cheng-Chih University… Continue reading Xi Jinping Has Made It Harder To Study China, Say Taiwanese Scholars

Taiwanese citizen detained in China for displaying Taiwanese flag

Taiwanese (ROC) flags in front of the Control Yuan in Taipei A Taiwanese citizen surnamed Yang (楊) was detained in China for publicly displaying the flag of Taiwan. According to Taiwan-based "Liberty Times", on October 15 Mr. Yang visited the Sun Yat-sen Memorial in the Chinese city of Nanjing. After he took pictures holding the… Continue reading Taiwanese citizen detained in China for displaying Taiwanese flag

China’s Economy, Unfair Trade, And The Role Of Government

    On January 16th, 2010, Chinese President Hu Jintao made a visit to the Shanghai headquarters of UnionPay. A plaque commemorating the event urges the company to “step up the effort to internationalize and strive to build UnionPay into a major global brand for bankcards”. UnionPay has only 0.5% market share globally, but it dominates… Continue reading China’s Economy, Unfair Trade, And The Role Of Government

The Communist United Front in British Hong Kong – Governor Alexander Grantham’s Letter from 19 November 1957

Introduction On 25 January, 1841, the British survey ship Sulphur landed on Hong Kong, a small Chinese island with a population of merely 3,000 people, most of whom were fishers and stone-cutters. The largest settlement, located in present-day Stanley, had about 1,000 villagers. The following day, Tuesday, 26 January, Commodore Sir J. J. G. Bremmer,… Continue reading The Communist United Front in British Hong Kong – Governor Alexander Grantham’s Letter from 19 November 1957

Chinese army enters Hong Kong for “routine rotation”

Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protest, August 18, 2019 (image by Studio Incendo via Wikimedia Commons) Military vehicles carrying soldiers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) have entered Hong Kong in the early hours of August 29 on what China's state-run media have called a "routine rotation". Hong Kong citizens who saw PLA vehicles driving… Continue reading Chinese army enters Hong Kong for “routine rotation”

Tiananmen Square veteran Feng Congde refused entry to Hong Kong ahead of 30th anniversary of the 1989 massacre

Feng Congde, one of the leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student movement, was denied entry to Hong Kong ahead of the 30th anniversary of the crackdown. On June 2 Feng Conde travelled from Japan to Hong Kong in order to attend the candlelight vigil that will be held in Victoria Park on June 4… Continue reading Tiananmen Square veteran Feng Congde refused entry to Hong Kong ahead of 30th anniversary of the 1989 massacre