China Has Drawn Up Legislation To Crack Down On Religious Speech Online

The government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) has drawn up new legislation which could further restrict religious freedom. On September 10 China's State Administration for Religious Affairs (国家宗教事务局, SARA) released a draft Regulation for Internet Religious Information Services (互联网宗教信息服务管理办法) for public comment. The draft law restricts the free flow of online information on … Continue reading China Has Drawn Up Legislation To Crack Down On Religious Speech Online

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Chinese Government Removes References To Mao Zedong’s “Mistakes” During The Cultural Revolution From School Textbooks

The Chinese government has removed references to former Communist leader Mao Zedong's "mistakes" during the Cultural Revolution from 8th grade school textbooks. The old version of the textbook stated: "In the 1960s Mao Zedong mistakenly believed that the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party was engaging in revisionism, and that the Party and the … Continue reading Chinese Government Removes References To Mao Zedong’s “Mistakes” During The Cultural Revolution From School Textbooks

Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying Accuses Pro-Democracy Leader Benny Tai Of Supporting Hong Kong And Taiwan Separatism

Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying accused in a series of Facebook posts pro-democracy leader Benny Tai Yu-ting of supporting Hong Kong and Taiwan independence. Benny Tai Yu-ting is an Associate Professor of the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and a democracy activist who initiated the 2014 Occupy Central … Continue reading Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying Accuses Pro-Democracy Leader Benny Tai Of Supporting Hong Kong And Taiwan Separatism

Chinese Communist Party Enshrines ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ Into Party Discipline Regulations

  The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has published a revised version of its discipline regulations, enshrining 'Xi Jinping Thought' as a fundamental guideline for political cadres' conduct. The move further consolidates Xi Jinping's personality cult and his role as the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. During the 13th National People's Congress held in … Continue reading Chinese Communist Party Enshrines ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ Into Party Discipline Regulations

PLA Admiral Argues That China Can Occupy Taiwan In Three Days

In his book The Chinese Invasion Threat, Ian Easton,  research fellow at the Project 2049 Institute, argued that China has developed secret plans to invade Taiwan by 2020. Since Xi Jinping took office in 2012, Beijing has become increasingly bellicose, attempting to isolate Taiwan internationally and threatening it with war. Some believe that Xi, who in … Continue reading PLA Admiral Argues That China Can Occupy Taiwan In Three Days

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

Deng Xiaoping On Personality Cult And One-Man Rule – 1980 Interview

On February 25 Chinese state media announced a list of proposed amendments to China’s Constitution that will in all likelihood be adopted at the National People’s Congress (NPC) starting on March 5. One of the the 21 proposed amendments is the abolition of the current limit of two five-year terms for the office of the President and … Continue reading Deng Xiaoping On Personality Cult And One-Man Rule – 1980 Interview

Why Did Chiang Kai-shek Lose China? The Guomindang Regime And The Victory Of The Chinese Communist Party

"Reports of lost battles swirl in like falling snow," wrote Chiang Kai-shek at the end of 1948. "North China and the below-the-wall region are on the brink of collapse. I do not feel guilty. I tried my best" (quoted in: Jay Taylor,  The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China, 2009, p. 397). … Continue reading Why Did Chiang Kai-shek Lose China? The Guomindang Regime And The Victory Of The Chinese Communist Party

The China-South Korea Spat and the Tradition of China’s Anti-Foreign Boycotts

"Lotte Group's development in the Chinese market should come to an end", wrote the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) mouthpiece Global Times on February 28, one day after the South Korean conglomerate approved a land swap deal that allowed the government in Seoul to deploy a controversial US missile defence system. The Terminal High Altitude Area … Continue reading The China-South Korea Spat and the Tradition of China’s Anti-Foreign Boycotts

China and the May 4th Movement

"When the May Fourth Movement took place in 1919, I was only sixteen years old, a student at the Tianjin Women’s Normal College", wrote Deng Yingchao (邓颖超/ 鄧穎超; pinyin: Dèng Yǐngchāo) years after the events. "On May 4, 1919 students in Beijing held a demonstration asking the government to refuse to sign the Versailles Peace … Continue reading China and the May 4th Movement