China Policy Institute Blog

Australia-Indonesia relationship is back to ‘normal’, meaning fragile as ever

Written by Colin Brown. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is due to meet her Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi, on the sidelines of an ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting in Kuala Lumpur later this week. This will be the first face-to-face meeting of Australian and Indonesian ministers since the execution of Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and …

Legal protection against discrimination of LGBTI people: A tale of three cities in China

Written by Yiu Tung Suen. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are gradually transforming from the ‘others’ in society – who were medically defined as ‘ill’ and legally defined as ‘criminal’ – to citizens whose rights to cultural, social and economic participation are increasingly recognized. The rights of LGBTI people have developed at different …

Misreading Chinese History

Written by David E. Mungello. An image from the past sometimes becomes embedded in our minds and becomes an emblem, a picture expressing an allegory that shapes our view of an entire age. One such image was a widely reproduced picture of a Catholic priest carrying his suitcase up a gangway into a ship in …

Taiwan and the Diaoyutai Spat: Is All that Noise Really Necessary?

Written by J. Michael Cole. If a few years ago you had asked people outside the region whether they had ever heard about the Diaoyutai islets, or the Senkakus as they are known in Japan, the likely answer would be that they had not. That this is no longer the case is in large part due …

Why Chopsticks? Their Origin and Development in Asian Culinary Culture

Written by Q. Edward Wang. Chopsticks are ubiquitous in Asia. They are so essential for one’s daily life in the region, or the “chopsticks cultural sphere” that encompasses China, Korean Peninsula, Japanese archipelago, and parts of Mongolia and mainland Southeast Asia. This is not only the impression most visitors to the region would have but many …

Regulation of Homosexuality in the Chinese Media Scene

Written by Lianrui Jia and Tianyang Zhou. The story of Anwei and Yebin, a Chinese gay couple now living in a rural village in Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China, appeared in the Chinese parenting magazine Ren Zhi Chu. Their story was later picked up by domestic and international news media such as iFeng, the Global Times, and CNN. …

Same-sex marriage and the HIV Epidemic in China

Written by Stephen Pan. Shortly after the United States Supreme Court decision to legalise same-sex marriage in all fifty states, Chinese netizens began renewing calls for similar privileges in the People’s Republic of China, where marriage has only been permitted between persons of the opposite sex. Though legalized same-sex marriage in China appears unlikely in …

Where is China’s Textile and Apparel Industry Going?

Written by Sheng Lu and Marsha A. Dickson. China is well known as the largest textile and apparel (T&A) producer and exporter in the world, yet China’s T&A industry is also under-going tremendous restructuring and transformation. This article intends to shed light on the broad landscape of China’s T&A industry in the years ahead. Capturing where …

KMT’s Presidential Nomination: Significance and Historical Comparisons

Written by Dafydd Fell.   On July 19 the Kuomintang (KMT) officially nominated the senior legislator Hung Hsiu-chu as its 2016 presidential candidate. A year ago, even six months ago few would have predicted Hung would be a potential candidate. Even after she joined the primary, it was still widely believed that the KMT chairman Eric …

Fashion and Politics: Promoting ‘Designed in China’ through Political Power

By Christine Tsui. In 2012, the Chinese president Xi Jinping initiated an anti-corruption campaign. Although there is no explicit evidence that this was an intentional outcome at which Xi aimed, the fact is that the campaign eventually led to a big decrease in the sale of luxury brands. Because in the past luxury brands were mostly purchased by rich …