Category Archives: Politics 政治

My Student Reported on Me!

我被学生举报了! 原创: 凡人钒语 凡人钒语 [from qq public account  https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/Jv2haHKMbgxL81gRZhCtrQ  ]   A student reported me on Monday morning! We were discussing in class whether rich people or poor people made greater contributions to society.  One girl got very angry, and spoke up, … Continue reading

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Zhang Weiying: The Future World Order Depends on What China Does

Peking University Economics Professor Zhang Weiying’s early October 2018 (and promptly erased by net censors) article “Understanding the World Economy and China” (excerpted in translation on Andrew Batson’s blog) argued that China’s economic development has occurred in spite of rather … Continue reading

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The Biggest Lie: Democracy is Not Suitable for China

   While working in China, I often heard officials say and read in the media that democracy is not suitable for China.  That always puzzled me.  It felt like Chinese racism against Chinese people.    I found this article on … Continue reading

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Chinese Readers Comments on Financial Times Chinese Language Website

Reading comments from Chinese readers of websites such as the Financial Times Chinese language website is interesting. As much as the articles oftentimes. The site being outside China and frequented by Chinese business people, it escapes the heavy censorship that … Continue reading

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2002: Wired China: Many Hands on Many Switches

Round-Table on Internet and Free Flow of Information in China Statement by David Cowhig, Wired China: Many Hands on Many Switches Presented to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China April 15, 2002 I would like to share with you some thoughts about … Continue reading

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Why Don’t We Know Anything (or Not Much) About China?

Good article in the March 2018 issue of Foreign Policy! Also reminded of this by a most graphic graphic shared by the always intriguing and hilarious fake PRC tweeter @RelevantOrgans. People do tend to notice opacity.  But it can take … Continue reading

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Declassified Chinese Diplomatic Documents from the 1950s and 1960s in the Wilson Center Digital Archive

Lately I have been translating some declassified Chinese diplomatic archives for the Wilson Center Digital Archive. I have done twenty of them so far.   https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/search-results/1/%7B%22search-in%22%3A%22all%22%2C%22term%22%3A%22cowhig%22%7D?recordType=Record   A few are particularly memorable. I enjoyed translating Ziguang Hall literally rather than … Continue reading

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