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2022 Neue Zürcher Zeitung: China’s Foreign Relations Debate Breaks Out

A renewed, passionate debate on China’s proper attitude towards relations with foreign countries in the light of Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping’s special focus on shielding China from pernicious foreign ideological influences has broken out in China. Beijing … Continue reading

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Kong Lingping’s Maoist Labor Camp Memoir XXIII: A Decade Spent Between Life and Death

Old Photographs 【老照片】 is a very popular series of books published in China since the mid 1990s (now publishing volume No. 118!) filled with pictures and short accounts   of both family and public lived history from the late 19th century onwards … Continue reading

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Rightist Memoir XIX: “The Execution of Chen Li” from Kong Lingping’s Bloody Chronicles

Excerpt from my translation from Kong Lingping’s Blood Chronicle. I knew Kong Lingping when I worked in Chengdu. The story of the political prisoner Chen Li who was executed at the beginning of Mao’s Cultural Revolution.  I am one third … Continue reading

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Rightist Memoir XVIII: Purgatory in Heavy Chains

From Kong Lingping’s memoir. For a list of earlier installments see Kong Lingping’s Rightist Memoir I: “Blood Chronicle” By Long-time Prisoner of Mao Zedong I knew Kong Lingping when I worked in Chengdu at the US Consulate General 2007 – 2012. The … Continue reading

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2012: “Diplomacy with Distant States and Attacking Nearby States” and Modern Diplomacy

China as a growing modern Gulliver seems to despise the plotting of nearby latter-day Lilliputians to form alliances and find support from distant states. It may be that these nearby states have learned from the failure of the Warring States … Continue reading

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Weibo: We Got Hong Kong Back, Why Not Vladivostok?

Perhaps hearing about Russian Empire revanchist claims to the Ukraine and perhaps even to Belarus, Kazhakstan and other lost brothers, some Chinese are mindful of their own. Why not get Vladivostok back? I saw this posting on Weibo social media … Continue reading

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2004/2019/2022: PRC Lawyer: China Law Will Progress, Despite Everything

Taking off from a discussion of the red hot arguments and attacks erupting online in China about the Russia – Ukraine war, Chinese lawyer and former judge Lu Liangbiao 吕良彪 and Hu Ping in a 2019 春秋吕释 WeChat blog entry … Continue reading

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Sino-Soviet Nuclear War Avoided: Chinese Accounts

I have seen references to the 1969 Sino-Soviet nuclear crisis in several sources, including Henry Kissinger’s memoir White House Years. Singapore Management University Law Professor Henry Gao, while discussing the US role in preventing a Sino-Soviet nuclear war in 1969 … Continue reading

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Han Gang: Restoring the True Hua Guofeng to History

Revisionism was a curse word thrown around during China’s Cultural Revolution. Views of history are constantly being revised to fit the needs of what a new generation wants to know, to meet the needs of a new group of leaders … Continue reading

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HK Scholars on Jonathan Spence

This appreciation of historian Jonathan Spence sits at the top of the most popular postings of the week on the cutting-edge (as sharp as may be allowed at any given moment) academic website. The authors Zheng Peikai, Taiwan-born, got his … Continue reading

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