China, Indonesia

Will Indonesia ‘descend’ into dispute in the South China Sea?

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The stand-off between Indonesia and China in disputed waters off the Natuna Islands may not be all it seems, writes Gatra Priyandita Great power tensions in the South China Sea have continued to increase this year, as China inches closer to its objective of de facto control of the sea, and the US begins regularising […]

Hong Kong

Hong Kong twenty years on: reasons to be cheerful

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A new mindset seems to be emerging from Beijing and it has increased anxiety levels in Hong Kong, but it is too early to write off the resilience of the Hong Kongese, writes Kerry Brown Twenty years after the handover from British to Chinese sovereignty there seems nothing but perpetual gloom in the Hong Kong. […]

China

For the love—and hate—of factory work

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Once regarded as a status job, factory work has lost its appeal to China’s young, notes ANDREW KIPNIS. In China, factory work used to be an honourable profession. The vast majority of the people lived in villages and farmed. The factories were state-owned and located in the biggest cities; they provided better living conditions than […]

China

A fearful symmetry

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Members of the privileged families of the party–state are escaping China’s current anti-corruption campaign, writes GEREMIE R. BARME. Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry? —William Blake By September 2014, some 48 high-level Chinese Communist Party cadres, military officials and party–state bureaucrats—that […]

China

An unofficial history of China’s Cultural Revolution

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The diaries of people who lived through the Cultural Revolution may show the ‘10-year catastrophe’ in a new light, writes SHAN WINDSCRIPT. When I first told my mother about my research project she looked somewhat bemused and then asked, ‘But what good are those diaries?’ Like millions of other Chinese people, she had been an […]

China

China’s West Bank: the alienation of the Uyghur

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A mass stabbing attack on bystanders at a train station in China in March has again focused attention on the troubled Xinjiang province, writes MICHAEL CLARKE. Dru C. Gladney argued over a decade ago that China faced the prospect of Xinjiang becoming its West Bank if it failed to address the problems stemming from its […]