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China’s Confucius Institute: working to plan?

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Confucius Institutes make a valuable contribution to Chinese language teaching and learning abroad, but Jeffrey Gil questions their impact on China’s international profile China sees promoting the study of its language as a way of conveying knowledge and understanding of itself, its culture, history and politics. The promotion of language and culture is part of […]

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The real value of the China–Pakistan Corridor

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China’s ambitious plan to develop a corridor to the Indian Ocean through Pakistan may be about much more than providing energy security, argues Stephen Szuster China’s profound dependence on the free flow of resources, goods and people through the Indian Ocean Region is no more evident than in terms of energy security. As the world’s […]

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Personal bankruptcy law needed in China’s growing credit card society

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With the huge availability and take-up of consumer credit in China over the past five years, new legislation for consumer bankruptcy is necessary, argues Huifen YIN in an interview with Stacey Steele SS: Many people would be surprised to know China does not have a personal bankruptcy law. Why is there such a gap in […]

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New program aims to make China a society of book readers

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China’s new ‘quality’ reading program is about furthering the political aims of the Party–state, writes Yi Zheng In an official document entitled Reading Nationwide: a Program for the Thirteenth ‘Five-Year Plan, released on 27 December 2016, the Chinese State Administration for Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) outlined its blueprint for building a new […]

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China set to lead on global climate politics

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China is poised to step into the leadership void left by the Trump administration’s likely withdrawal from international climate politics, write Nicholas Procter and Benjamin Habib As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump left no ambiguity about the stance his government would take on climate change. He infamously tweeted that climate change was a hoax perpetrated […]

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China turns to ecology in search of ‘civilisation’

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From obscure origins, China’s ecological civilisation model has grown into an international movement In 2007, then Premier Hu Jintao announced that China would become an ‘ecological civilisation’, eschewing the previous development model that had seen economic growth take priority over environmental health. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has a history of using the concept of […]