China Policy Institute: Analysis

Cross-Strait Relations and Taiwan’s Five Bids for the World University Summer Games

Written by Marcus P. Chu.

Since Taiwan joined the International University Sports Federation (FISU), the governing body of the Summer and Winter World University Games, in 1987, its capital city Taipei and largest trade port Kaohsiung have respectively activated bids to host the Summer World University Games (SWUG) five times. China’s role in these five bids overwhelmingly determined the Taiwanese cities’ failures and success. Continue reading “Cross-Strait Relations and Taiwan’s Five Bids for the World University Summer Games”

Sport for All: Has a Golden Age of Mass Sport Participation Finally Arrived in China?

Written by Shushu Chen.

Those who work with their brains rule; those who work with their brawn are ruled.

This popular Chinese saying, one of Mencius’s, illustrates the low esteem in which China holds sports and physical education. Various influences throughout the nation’s history have helped to shape such attitudes: for example, Confucian cultural emphasis on moral virtue and intellectualism over physical development, civil service examinations that overlook and hamper men’s physical education, and a tradition of foot-binding that physically disabled Chinese women for a millennium. As such, China’s development of mass participation (as distinct from a primary focus on elite sport) has not been plain sailing. Continue reading “Sport for All: Has a Golden Age of Mass Sport Participation Finally Arrived in China?”

Why China is serious about becoming the global leader on climate change

Written by David Tyfield.

Buddhism and Basketball: The Dai Monks of Yunnan

Written by Roger Casas.

While not enjoying the popularity of other sites in Yunnan Province such as Lijiang or Dali, Xishuangbanna (西双版纳) is today a favourite destination among national tourists as a ‘little Thailand’ within China. A popular topic for the cameras of visitors to the region, as can be seen in web travelogues, is that of Buddhist novices playing basketball, in fact a frequent sight not only in the urban temples of the capital Jinghong City, but also in monasteries in the rural countryside. These young novice monks belong to the largest group of Theravada Buddhists in China, and are included in the Dai minzu (民族, ‘ethnic group’). For most Han Chinese and Western travellers, the view of boys in robes jumping around may be little more than an anecdote, a feature of the ‘ethnic peculiarity’ (民族特色, minzu tese) of the Dai. For visitors from countries where Buddhism is an essential part of the national culture (particularly Thailand), as well as for concerned locals, the topic is a sensitive one, as in most of those countries playing sports is an activity considered inappropriate or outright unacceptable for monastics. Continue reading “Buddhism and Basketball: The Dai Monks of Yunnan”

Xi meets Trump: how charisma and personality can ensure peace and prosperity

Written by Kerry Brown.

For all the focus on high strategy and grand geopolitical narratives, at the end of the day summits between global leaders are largely lost or won according to the personal chemistry that exists between the principle players.

Ronald Reagan famously got along with the USSR’s Mikhail Gorbachev, bringing about major non-proliferation deals. Richard Nixon, despite coming from an utterly different cultural and political background, enjoyed a strange bond with the Chinese premier Zhou Enlai in the early 1970s, pushing forward the historic US China rapprochement. So if Donald Trump and Xi Jinping get along, it could mean peace and prosperity for not just the US and China, but the world in general. Continue reading “Xi meets Trump: how charisma and personality can ensure peace and prosperity”

Xi Jinping’s Football Dream and the Nightmare Scenario

Written by Alan Bairner.

It is generally accepted, although seldom properly evidenced, that successful national sports teams play a significant role in forging national solidarity. Conversely, failure on the international stage can undermine attempts to unify the nation. In all but a few countries in the world, the sport which is most often talked about in this regard is association football. Continue reading “Xi Jinping’s Football Dream and the Nightmare Scenario”

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