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January 3, 2014 TOP CHINA NEWS OF 2013


The New Year has just begun. This is a time for looking forward. But to do that, we should first look back and reflect on the past year. 2013 has seen new presidents, natural disasters, scandals, pollution, technological achievements, and internet sensations. Everyone seems to be weighing in with their top news stories from the past year. Here is our list of the top ten China news stories from 2013. Read more…

 

December 16, 2013 PANDA DIPLOMACY

 

Pandas are cute, cuddly creatures that are difficult not to like. But people’s fascination with pandas seems to take it a step further, elevating specific pandas to celebrity status. A country’s resident pandas become household names. The appeal of pandas is irrefutable, even if the reason is a bit elusive. Is it panda’s rarity that makes them so popular? Is it simply how adorable they are? Or is the popularity of pandas a testament to China’s successful branding of pandas and employment of panda diplomacy?  Read more…

 


December 6, 2013 CHINA AND THE AIR DEFENSE IDENTIFICATION ZONE

 

On November 23, the Chinese government announced the establishment of the East China Sea air defense identification zone, (ADIZ).  The international community has reacted strongly and passionately to the creation of the ADIZ, fearing the zone will lead to increased tension and a risk of war with neighboring Japan that would also pull in the U.S. as Japan’s ally.   In the two weeks following the zone’s creation, the U.S. has responded in a number of ways, including altering the focus Vice President Biden’s trip to both Japan and China away from discussion about trade to a discussion regarding the ADIZ.  Additionally, the Pentagon’s leadership offered a possible way to defuse the crisis over airspace control.  This addresses the specific criticism against the ADIZ and the Chinese leaderships responses to them.
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November 26, 2013 U.S.-CHINA ENHANCE PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE EXCHANGE

 

On November 21, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Chinese Vice-Premier of the State Council Liu Yandong co-chaired the fourth U.S.-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) in Washington D.C.  The goal of the meeting was to implement the agreement President Obama and Preside Xi reached this past June regarding the construction of a new model of major-country relationships between China and the U.S. Read more…

 


November 20, 2013 AMBASSADOR GARY LOCKE RESIGNS POST

 

It was announced today that Ambassador Gary Locke will be resigning from his position as U.S. Ambassador to China. Gary Locke served as the United States’ 10th ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. He was also the first Chinese-American in this position. He has served as Ambassador since August 2011 and plans to leave his post in early 2014. Read more…

 

 

 

 

November 15, 2013 CHINA’S THIRD PLENUM: CONSEQUENCES FOR FOREIGN INVESTMENT

 

The Third Plenum of the 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party concluded in Beijing last week.  At this highly anticipated meeting President Xi Jinping unveiled China’s reform blueprint for the next decade.  This article looks at the implications of China’s proposed reform for foreign investment in China.  Read More

 

 

November 8, 2013 TAIYUAN BOMBING INCITES INTERESTING DEBATE ONLINE

 

On November 6, a series of small blasts killed at least one person outside a provincial office of the communist party in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province.  According to Xinhua, China’s official news agency, the blasts, which occurred around 7:40am local time, appeared to have been caused by homemade bombs.  Eight people were injured and two cars damaged. Read More…

 

 

October 30, 2013 BEIJING-TOKYO FORUM MEETS DESPITE TENSION

 

Over the weekend, Chinese and Japanese experts met in Beijing for the 9th Beijing-Tokyo Forum. The meeting, organized by China Daily and Genron NPO, a Japanese think tank, included discussions on everything from politics, security, and the economy to media and public perception. This forum took place during a time of increased tension between China and Japan. Read more…

 


October 29, 2013 5 DEAD IN SUSPICIOUS TIAN’ANMEN CAR CRASH

 

According to Xinhua, an official news agency in China, at 12:05pm on Monday October 28, a jeep crashed into a guardrail of Jinshui Bridge across the moat of the Forbidden City. It then burst into flames directly in front of the famous portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong that hangs over the southern entrance to the Forbidden City.  The crash killed five people, including the two drivers, and injured 38. Read more…

 


October 25, 2013 CHINA SIGNED $85 BILLION OIL DEAL WITH RUSSIA

 

As Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced on October 22, China and Russia signed a bundle of agreements on oil imports during Medvedev’s visit to Beijing. According this deal, Russia will increase its oil supply to China by 10 million tons per year. Read more…

 

 

October 15, 2013 CHINA CALLS FOR A “DE-AMERICANIZED WORLD”

 

As nations around grow increasingly worried over the U.S. budge impasse, a not so subtle commentary, published by China’s official Xinhua News Agency on October 14 offered their own opinion of the situation.  The article declares, “It is perhaps a good time for the befuddled world to start considering building a de-Americanized world.” Read more…

 

October 11, 2013 CHINA OVERTAKES THE U.S. AS WORLD’S LARGEST OIL IMPORTER

 

China has passed the United States as the world’s biggest net importer of oil.  According to the Energy Information Adminstration (EIA), Chinese oil consumption outstripped production by 6.3 million barrels per day, indicating the Chinese need to import this extra oil to fill the gap. This is met by the top leadership in Beijing with mixed views.  Though China’s economic boom means rising incomes and an increased global influence relying on other countries for oil is perceived by the communist leadership as a strategic weakness.Read more

 


October 8, 2013 THE APEC SUMMIT: USA, MIA?

 

On Oct.7-8, world leaders gathered in Bali, Indonesia for the 2013 APEC Summit. While the summit was attended by top leaders from Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia, and Vietnam, this year’s meeting was more notable for who did not attend—U.S. President Barack Obama. Obama was forced to cancel his planned trip to the APEC Summit and related visits to Malaysia and Indonesia due to a government shutdown and a burgeoning crisis over the U.S. debt ceiling. Read more…

 

October 1, 2013 CHINA OPENS FREE TRADE ZONE IN SHANGHAI

 

 

On  Sunday, China opened its first free trade zone on the mainland. The China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone covers 29 square kilometers (11 square miles) of Shanghai, China’s financial and business center, as well as its most populated city. This new free trade zone (FTZ) will allow Shanghai to act as a testing ground for new economic reforms that have the potential to spread to additional cities. Read more…

 

 

 

September 27, 2013 CHINA, THE U.S. AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE

 

The United Nation’s 68th General Assembly convened in New York this week, with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in attendance. U.S. President Obama also appeared to deliver remarks outlining his foreign policy vision for the next three years. Wang Yi delivered his own speech, clarifying how China’s new leaders view the UN. Analyzing both of these speeches, it becomes clear that China and the U.S. have different visions for the purpose and function of the UN. This has made it increasingly difficult for measures to pass the UN Security Council where both countries are permanent members. Read more…

 

September 18, 2013 BEIJING, UN HOST HUMAN SPACE TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP

 

On September 16, a five-day workshop on human space technology opened in Beijing. This international workshop is co-organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA). There are 150 participants, representing at least 20 countries, taking part in this workshop. The workshop aims to bring together experts and leaders in space exploration to facilitate information exchange, increase awareness about the value of space technology, promote research, engage with other countries, and find opportunities for cooperation. Read more…

 

 

 

September 13, 2013 TAIWAN’S LEGISLATIVE SPEAKER OUSTED IN POLITICAL SCANDAL

 

Just over a month after the death of a conscripted Army recruit caused protests and political upheaval in Taiwan, another scandal is threatening to cause a rift in the Chinese Nationalist Party (also known as the Kuomintang or KMT). On September 10, a KMT disciplinary committee decided to strip Wang Jin-pyng, the long-time speaker of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan, of his party membership. Read more…

 

 

 

September 5, 2013 XI JINPING BEGINS CENTRAL ASIA TRIP

 

On Tuesday, Xi Jinping began his first trip to Central Asia as president. The trip which goes from September 3-13, includes stops in Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgystan. President Xi has already held successful meetings in Turkmenistan and will pick up his tour in Kazakhstan on September 6 after the attending the G20 summit in St Petersburg, Russia. The final stop of the trip will be at a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting in Krygyzstan. Read more…

 

 

August 30, 2013 US, CHINA AT ODDS OVER SYRIA

 

Since the beginning of the civil war in Syria, the international community has been unable to decide on a response. In the wake of a chemical weapons attack in Damascus, the dispute has become even more pressing. The attack, which took place on August 21, killed at least 350 people, with some estimating over 1,000 people may have died. Almost immediately, Western countries such as the U.S., the UK, and France began publicly discussing the possibility of a military strike against Syria. Meanwhile, Russia and China, who have blocked numerous UN Security Council resolutions involving Syria, remain strongly opposed to any intervention in the conflict. Read more…

 


August 22, 2013 US, CHINA DISCUSS MILITARY RELATIONS AT PENTAGON

 

On Monday, Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan met with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon. The goal of the meeting was to increase military ties and discuss other methods of strengthening U.S.-China military relations. Before arriving in Washington, DC, Chang met with the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Samuel Locklear III, in Hawaii. His delegation then stopped in Colorado to visit the U.S. Northern Command. Read more…

 

 

August 19, 2013 YU YING-SHIH: CHINA WILL RETURN TO THE CULTURAL MAINSTREAM (TRANSLATION)

Although historian Yu Ying-shih maintains his anti-Communist stance, his writings are widely circulated on the mainland. The tip of his pen overflows with humanistic feeling, and his thinking influences the global community of ethnic Chinese. Some have said that after the “Ch’ien Mu fever” of 2004, “Yu Ying-shih fever” sprang up in the Chinese intellectual community. On August 17, Yu Ying-shih sat for a two-hour interview by the World Journal in his Princeton home. The topic was broad, from the one-party dictatorship of the Chinese Communist Party to the Xi-Li administration; from Xi Jinping’s “China dream” to his own “human dream”. Yu Ying-shih indicated that he is not pessimistic about China’s future, but firmly believes that China’s traditional culture will not disappear, and one day will return to the cultural mainstream. Read more…

 

 

August 14, 2013 MA YING-JEOU ON DIPLOMATIC TOUR, STOPS IN U.S.

On August 11, Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou departed for a twelve day tour of Taiwan’siplomatic partners in South America and the Caribbean. Ma will attend the inauguration ceremony for Paraguay’s president and visit Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Ma’s trip also includes stopovers in the U.S. Ma visited New York on August 11 and 12 and plans to visit Los Angeles on his way back to Taiwan. Read more…

 

 

August 9, 2013 MASSIVE PROTESTS IN TAIWAN: A TRIGGER TOWARDS MILITARY REFORM?

 

On August 4th 2013, over 200,000 people packed in front of the Presidential office in Taipei, Taiwan to “bid farewell” to former army conscript Hung Chung-Chiu and demand truth and justice regarding Hung’s death on July 4th.  Organized by Citizen 1985, protesters all dressed in white and shouted their support of Hung’s family demanding the truth about Hung’s death. Hung’s death has led to mass protests across the country over the past month. Read More…

 

 

August 1, 2013 JAPAN VISITS CHINA, TENSIONS REMAIN

 

Akitaka Saiki, Japanese deputy foreign minister, completed a two-day trip to China earlier this week. He met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Vice-Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin. This trip marks the first of this level of diplomatic exchange between China and Japan since new leadership has taken over in both countries. The meeting follows months of high tension and little engagement between the countries. Read more…

 

 

July 26, 2013 AN EARTHQUAKE IN GANSU: OPPORTUNITY FOR URBANIZATION?

 

On July 22, an earthquake hit China’s Gansu province, killing over 95 people and injuring over one thousand. The quake, which hit close to the city of Dingxi in southern Gansu, caused massive destruction in the area, with official estimates of 2,000 homes destroyed and another 21,000 severely damaged. The earthquake and its disproportionate impact on rural residents highlighted a topic of much recent discussion in China—the role of urbanization in raising living conditions. Read more…

 

July 19, 2013 CHINA’S GDP GROWTH SLOWS TO 7.5 PERCENT IN APRIL TO JUNE

 

On Monday, July 15th, the National Bureau of Statistics of China released the new economic data in the first half of 2013. According to preliminary estimates, the gross domestic product (GDP) of China in the first half of this year was 24,800.9 billion Yuan, a year-on-year increase of 7.6 percent calculated at comparable prices. GDP growth was 7.7 percent in the first quarter and went down to 7.5 percent in the second quarter. These new figures represented a progressive slowdown compared with the same period a year earlier, although they were in line with analyst expectations.  Read more…

 

July 12, 2013 FIFTH U.S.-CHINA STRATEGIC AND ECONOMIC DIALOGUE

 

The fifth U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue took place in Washington, DC on Wednesday and Thursday. This joint dialogue has been held annually since 2008 in an effort to improve communication and cooperation between the U.S. and China on key bilateral issues. The dialogue alternates locations between Washington and Beijing. Read more…

 

 

July 3, 2013 THE REBALANCING UNDER SECRETARY KERRY

 

On July 1 and 2, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry took part in the U.S.-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Ministerial Meeting and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), his first such meetings since becoming Secretary of State in early 2013. Secretary Kerry’s attendance at ARF was intended as a demonstration of continued U.S. commitment to the Obama’s administration “rebalancing” or “pivot to Asia” strategy. However, there are hints that Secretary Kerry is more focused on the traditional areas of U.S. engagement, Europe and the Middle East. Read more…

 

June 28, 2013 PRESIDENT PARK RECEIVES WARM RECEPTION IN CHINA

 

On Thursday, Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye arrived in China for a four-day official visit. This is President Park’s second foreign trip since taking office, following a visit to the United States in May. Chinese state media has been praising Park’s visit to China and emphasizing its importance. The significance of the trip is not the only thing that gained China’s attention. President Park, herself, has become a constant subject of Chinese new articles. Read more…

 

June 27, 2013 CHINA’S LONGEST MANNED SPACE MISSION A SUCCESS

 

On Wednesday morning, three Chinese astronauts landed in Inner Mongolia after completing a fifteen-day space mission. This mission, on the Shenzhou-10 (“Sacred Vessel”) space shuttle, was China’s fifth, and longest, manned space mission. Astronaut Zhang Xiaoguang said of the mission, “We are dreamers, and we have now fulfilled our dream…Our space dream knows no boundary, and our hard work will never cease.” Read more…

 

June 21, 2013 SNOWDEN LEAKS PUT SPOTLIGHT ON CYBERSECURITY

 

In the past few months, cybersecurity has emerged as one of the most contentious areas in U.S.-China relations. At the recent Sunnylands Summit, President Obama tried to convince Chinese president Xi Jinping that cybersecurity is a top concern of the U.S. administration. Yet perhaps the most consequential factor in the cybersecurity debate came not from diplomatic overtures, but from a previously unknown individual: Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the U.S.’s National Security Agency. Read more…

 

June 16, 2013 SUNNYLANDS ‘SHIRT-SLEEVES SUMMIT’

 

An unprecedented low-key summit was held on June 7-8 between President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Sunnylands estate in California. The meetings—which spanned approximately eight hours in total—were designed to be informal, in an effort to provide the two leaders with an opportunity to develop a personal relationship and discuss key issues outside of the pressures of a formal state visit. Read more…

 

 

 

June 7, 2013 PRESIDENT XI JINPING’S TRIP TO LATIN AMERICA

 

President Xi Jinping’s recent trip to Latin America and the Caribbean is viewed by many as a stepping stone towards better bilateral relations between China and the region. The purpose of the trip was to deepen friendships and expand cooperation in economics and trade. China promoted its soft power, projecting itself as a peaceful and responsible global leader. Read more…

 

 

May 30, 2013 LI KEQIANG VISITS GERMANY; XI JINPING MEETS WITH US NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang completed his first foreign tour. He visited India, Pakistan, and Switzerland before finishing his trip in Germany. Germany was the first European Union country the new premier visited, signifying Germany’s importance as both a strong member of the EU and as an individual partner to China. Xi Jinping met with Tom Donilon, Obama’s National Security Adviser, on Monday to prepare an agenda for the summit between President Xi and President Obama that will take place in California next week. President Xi also met with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa early this week.Read more…

 

May 23, 2013 THE FUTURE OF SINO-INDIAN RELATIONS

 

China and India are the two most populous countries in the world, and are both undergoing rapid periods of development leading to growing economic and political importance. They are also neighbors with a disputed border and deep suspicions towards each other’s military intentions. The two countries share common interests and concerns stemming from their positions as rapidly developing nations, but both historical and newly emerging issues cause tension between the neighbors. Read more…

 

 

May 15, 2013 XI JINPING MEETS WITH LEADERS FROM ISRAEL, PALESTINE

 

Recent overlapping visits by both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to China have sparked media debates regarding China’s potential role in negotiating Middle East peace agreements. While both leaders reportedly sought to emphasize their desire for stronger trade relations with China, Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized negotiations as a key focus of the meetingsRead more…

 

 

May 9, 2013 FOOD SECURITY IN CHINA

 

The list of food related issues in China includes everything from gutter oil used as cooking oil to melamine found in baby formula. The latest case, creating fake mutton and beef by adding chemicals to fox, mink, and rat meat, is thus not particularly shocking news. The Chinese government, however, is taking serious action to prevent such crimes from reoccurring. Over 900 suspects involved in the fake meat case have been arrested in the last three months and the government has seized more than 20,000 tonnes of fake meat. Read More…

 

May 2, 2013 SCHWARZMAN SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDY IN CHINA

 

Stephen A. Schwarzman, CEO of the Blackstone Group, a private equity firm, recently announced the creation of the Schwarzman Scholarship to study in China. This $300 million scholarship fund is the largest foreign gift made to China. The Schwarzman scholarship program was inspired by Oxford’s Rhodes Scholarship and is meant to be equally prestigious. Schwarzman Scholars will attend Tsinghua University, a leading University in China with President Xi Jinping and former President Hu Jintao among its notable alumni. Read more…

 

April 29, 2013 GEN. MARTIN DEMPSEY VISITS CHINA

 

From April 21 through April 25, Gen. Martin Dempsey was in China meeting with Chinese leaders. Much of the media attention surrounding the visit focused on current “hot button” topics like the ongoing tensions on the Korean peninsula and cybersecurity issues. However, the visit was also important as a sign that both leaderships are trying to improve the often rocky military relationship between China and the U.S. Read more…

 

 

April 18, 2013 KERRY, GOVERNORS IN BEIJING TO STRENGTHEN U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS

 

John Kerry recently made his first visit to the Asia Pacific since becoming Secretary of State, spending three days total in Seoul, Beijing, and Tokyo. Initial goals for the trip were said to include persuading China to use its economic and diplomatic leverage to try to temper North Korea’s behavior and to reassure Japan and South Korea as U.S. allies. Kerry met with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang during his time in Beijing. Read more…

 

 

 

April 11, 2013 THE SPREAD OF H7N9 AVIAN INFLUENZA IN CHINA

 

For the past two weeks, the cover story of every Chinese newspaper has been about the H7N9 avian influenza, also known as the bird flu. Of the 38 reported cases of human infections, ten have died. Chinese citizens are increasingly concerned about whether the disease can be contracted through human-to-human contact. Although cases so far have been from human exposure to infected poultry, Chinese officials are currently examining the possibility of transmission between people. Read more…

 

 

 

 

April 4, 2013 THE NEW CHINESE AMBASSADOR ARRIVES IN DC

 

The new Chinese ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, arrived in Washington on April 2. The former ambassador to the US, Zhang Yusui, returned to China on February 24. Cui Tiankai graduated from John Hopkins University and is former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and is a career diplomat. He will serve as the 10th Chinese ambassador to the United States. Read more…

 

 

March 29, 2013 XI JINPING VISITS RUSSIA, AFRICA IN FIRST INTERNATIONAL TRIP AS PRESIDENT

 

Less than one week after officially being named President of China, Xi Jinping embarked on his first international trip, making stops in Russia, Tanzania, South Africa, and the Republic of Congo. Many have speculated on the potential meaning behind the selection of these initial visits, with some suggesting they highlight new thinking and priorities in Chinese foreign policy. While there may indeed be significance in the coordinating of these visits, they also reflect a continuation of tradition. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

March 22, 2013 TREASURY SECRETARY JACK LEW MEETS NEW CHINESE LEADERS

 

New U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spent March 19 and 20 in Beijing, visiting newly appointed top Chinese leaders. The trip marked the first time high-level American and Chinese officials have met since America and China began their political transitions in the fall of 2012. Secretary Lew’s meeting with Xi Jinping was also the first visit Xi had had with a high-ranking foreign official since being officially named China’s president. Read more…

 

 

March 14, 2013 XI JINPING NAMED PRESIDENT

 

Xi Jinping was officially named president of China by China’s leadership. This was the final step in Xi Jinping’s rise in the once-a-decade power transition. Xi Jinping is taking over the presidency from Hu Jintao. During the Party Congress in November, he replaced Hu Jintao as chairman of the CCP and its central military commission. President Xi Jinping now holds top positions as the head of state, head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and head of the military, the three key pillars of power in China. Read more…

 

 

March 8, 2013 UNANIMOUS VOTE USHERS IN NEW UN SANCTIONS ON NORTH KOREA

 

The United Nations announced new sanctions against North Korea this week after a draft agreement was reached between the U.S. and China following three weeks of negotiations and passed by a unanimous UN Security Council vote. US media reports state that the text was negotiated between Susan Rice, US ambassador to the UN, and Li Baodong, China’s UN ambassador. These new sanctions are in response to North Korea’s test of nuclear weapons last month and represent the fourth round of UN sanctions against Pyongyang.Read more…

 

March 1, 2013 AMERICANS AND CHINESE RESPOND: Cyber Security, Island Disputes, John Kerry, and U.S.-China Relations

 

Lately, there have been frequent news headlines involving China. The South and East China Sea island disputes, China’s new leadership, economic changes, and even the Lunar New Year’s celebrations—China has definitely caught the attention of Americans. But this is not just a one-way interest. The Chinese are also paying close attention to what happens in the U.S, especially considering the new U.S. focus on Asia. With new leadership in both countries and recently heightened tensions increasing the media attention, Americans and Chinese both have a lot to say. Read more…

 

February 21, 2013 NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR TEST POSES CHALLENGE FOR CHINA

 

On February 12, 2013, North Korea carried out a nuclear test, successfully setting off an underground explosion that was reportedly twice as powerful as the country’s last test in 2009. The test, which sparked extensive international criticism, created an unexpected and unwelcome challenge for China’s new leadership. China is often seen by other countries as the crucial element in altering North Korea’s behavior, meaning that China is also facing international pressure in the wake of North Korea’s nuclear test. Read more…

 

February 14, 2013 ECONOMICS OF THE CHINESE NEW YEAR

 

Sunday, February 11 marked the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year. The Chinese New Year is the largest Chinese holiday. It is celebrated with fireworks, parades, decorations, and eating traditional sweets. It also involves a two-week holiday to enjoy with family and friends. With the huge Chinese population, including Chinese diaspora spread out around the globe, the Lunar New Year is a holiday that deserves our attention. In a time of globalization and continued concern about our economy, the economic aspects of such a momentous holiday should not be overlooked. Read more…

 

 

February 5, 2013 LAUNCH OF 100,000 STRONG FOUNDATION HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF U.S.-CHINA EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE

 

In one of her final duties as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton recently announced the launch of the 100,000 Strong Foundation, a non-profit organization based in American University’s School of International Service. The Foundation represents a public-private partnership which will carry out the mission of the 100,000 Strong Initiative, which was announced by President Obama in Beijing in November 2009 and formally launched by Secretary Clinton in May 2010. The goal of the 100,000 Strong Initiative is to send 100,000 U.S. students to study in China by 2014. Once this initial goal is met, the Foundation will continue to engage in efforts to strengthen U.S.-China educational exchanges. Read more…

 

January 29, 2013 TENSIONS REMAIN BETWEEN CHINA AND JAPAN

 

In late August of 2012, tensions between Japan and China began rapidly escalating over a long-held territorial dispute involving a small island chain called the Diaoyu Islands by the Chinese and the Senkaku Islands by Japan. Japan’s then-Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda sent a letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao in the hopes of helping calm the situation.  Since then, Japan has elected a new Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, and China has appointed a new Communist Party Secretary (and soon-to-be President), Xi Jinping. Unfortunately, the smoldering tensions between China and Japan remain the same. Read more…

 

January 22, 2013 CENSORSHIP IN CHINA: RECENT PROGRESS OR STAYING THE COURSE?

An altered editorial in Southern Weekend led to anti-censorship protests

 

Chinese media censorship has received a lot of international attention lately, largely due to recent anti-censorship protests. These protests erupted after Southern Weekend criticized Tuo Zhen, a top Propaganda Department official, for taking his censorship and re-writing of the paper’s New Year’s editorial too far. Where does this incident leave Chinese censorship and freedom of expression? The signs are mixed. Read More…

 

 

 

January 15, 2013 CHINESE INVESTORS FAVORED NORTH AMERICA IN 2012

 

Recent reports detail a growing interest among Chinese investors toward American industries. According to the Rhodium Group, the worth of Chinese investments in the U.S. in 2012 increased 12% from 2011 to $6.5 billion. While North America became the top destination for Chinese investors in 2012, this development is predicted to be temporary as Chinese enterprises have established a pattern of moving collectively from region to region. Though tempered by various challenges, Chinese investment in the U.S. is expected to grow through 2013. Read More…