The Soft Power of Chinese Censorship

Written by Christopher Balding. Global universities and publishers must seriously consider their response to Chinese censorship demands. A newly emboldened and politically regressive China cracking down on all nature of even politically innocuous speech is now targeting universities and academic speech. Global academics and universities will fail in […]

Controlling the Chinese information environment

Written by James Farley and Jonathan Sullivan. Authoritarians share the desire to control the frames, histories, discourses, ideas, narratives and opinions that constitute the “information environment”. Authoritarian regimes select and control access to the information that citizens are exposed to and seek to establish unchallengeable “facts”. Through school […]

The Four Traps Facing Xi Jinping’s China

Written by Yanzhong Huang. One dominant theme of President Xi Jinping’s political report at the 19th Party Congress is China’s national rejuvenation. China was described as a “great power” or a “strong power” 26 times in his speech. According to Xi, by the middle of this century China will become a leading […]

China Goes OBOR: Can Taiwan Join?

Written by Gerald Chan. In her maiden policy address on 11 October 2017, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, made a pointed reference to China’s ‘one belt, one road’ (OBOR) Initiative. She said that Hong Kong would sign an agreement with the National […]

Dude, where’s my paper?

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Back in 2011, weibo was enjoying a moment. Competing platforms were at the height of their popularity and had brought several scandals to light, including attempts to cover up the Wenzhou high speed rail crash. I was fascinated by the potential for weibo to […]