Written by Simon Hill. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will soon embark on its own “Game of Thrones” as delegates gather for its 19th National Congress in Beijing. A variety of posts will be filled for the next five years – including the vitally important General Secretary of […]
Written by David Brewster and Anthony Bergin. Last month’s deployment of Chinese marines to Djibouti marks a major milestone in the rise of China as a global military power. With the opening of its first overseas military facility, which will base up to 10,000 soldiers, Beijing has joined a […]
Written by Omair Uthmani. Internet censors have a new target. The Chinese and Russian governments recently announced plans to block the use of “virtual private networks” (VPNs), which are a key tool for people trying to avoid internet restrictions and surveillance.
Written by Derek Ye Xiao Di. Cross-Strait relations in China entered a so-called “cold peace” (冷和平) period when Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) did not explicitly acknowledge the “1992 consensus” upon coming to power in 2016. Consequently, there was another round of internal debate about whether the Chinese government should […]
Written by Thilo Kunkel & Yiran Su On June 14, Chinese president Xi Jinping highlighted the importance of soccer development in China during a meeting with FIFA president Gianni Infantino. Xi emphasized the societal role of soccer due not only to its nature as a competitive sport, but […]
Written by Hwee-San Tan. International concerns for the loss of intangible culture due to the impact of globalization prompted UNESCO’s programme of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2001. China’s kunqu opera and guqin seven-string zither were among the first art forms to be […]
Written by Alan R. Thrasher. Traditional Chinese instrumental music can be divided into several quite different domains, each with regional subtypes and repertoires. Most prominent are: a) qin 琴 (7-string zither), zheng 箏 (large bridged zither), pipa 琵琶 (lute) and other solo instrumental genres; b) the regional sizhu […]