China Policy Institute Blog

Comrades and Rivals: Vietnam-China relations and the legacies of the Vietnam War

By Edward Miller. In recent years, as disputes over power and sovereignty in the South China Sea have escalated, many commentators have invoked history to explain the growing tensions between China and Vietnam. For some, the contemporary crisis is merely the latest episode in an age-old pattern of enmity and distrust between the two countries. …

Roar of China’s ‘Great Cannon’ heard across the internet

Written by Tim Stevens. China has once again surprised researchers by unleashing what has been dubbed its “Great Cannon” – a cyber weapon that has in recent weeks brought down several websites including the Github software code repository and GreatFire, an activist group working against censorship in China. The offensive power of the cannon is …

China’s growing labour movement offers hope for workers globally

Written by Tom Barnes and Kevin Lin. The growing labour movement in China, as fragmented and repressed as it is, offers hope for workers everywhere as an example of organising and protecting themselves against incredible odds. Independent labour organising and independent trade unions are banned and workers do not have the legal right to strike. …

Can Asian and African countries revive their 1950s solidarity?

Written by Shofwan Al Banna Choiruzzad. More than 30 heads of state and representatives of nearly 80 countries are attending a summit to mark the 60th anniversary of the 1955 Asian-African Conference in Indonesia this week in a world very different from the one delegates experienced in 1955. Then, two superpowers were engaged in the Cold …

History of the Asian-African Conference lives on

Written by Shofwan Al Banna Choiruzzad. Indonesia is hosting the 60th anniversary commemoration of the Asian-African Conference from April 19-24. Jakarta has put considerable effort into organising the event to make it a success. But the world interest in the event today does not compare to the attention given to the original Asian-African Conference. The conference …

China’s New Urban Poverty

Written by Dorothy J. Solinger. Beginning in the second half of the 1990s, poverty emerged in Chinese cities as a novelty under the rule of the Communist Party. Prior to that time, pockets of penury were concentrated either in rural areas, where some 200 millions were still said to be in dire straits at the start …

The forgotten peoples of Vietnam’s Wars

Written by Elliot Brennan. In the second half of the 20th century two of Indochina’s ethnic groups found themselves on the “wrong side of history”. Both supported the US forces in the Vietnam War and against communist insurgents. Both were left behind when the US withdrew, and both were persecuted in the decades that followed. For …

Sino-Vietnam Relations Before and After 1975

Written by James A. Anderson. The recent news of Hanoi purchasing a fleet of Russian-made Kilo-class submarines to assist in a potential future stand-off between the Vietnamese Navy and the greater forces of the PLA points to the long and complicated relationship between powerful northern (i.e. Chinese) and resilient southern (i.e.) Vietnamese regimes. Sino-Vietnamese relations …

Vietnam-ASEAN Relations: A Retrospective

Written by Ramses Amer. In 2015 Vietnam celebrates two major anniversaries. First, it is 40 years since war ended in Vietnam with the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975, which paved the way for the formal reunification of Vietnam the following year. Second, it is 20 years since Vietnam gained membership of the Association …

Why a village land protest spells trouble for China’s government

Written by Samantha Hoffman and Jonathan Sullivan. When Hong Kong students launched their “Umbrella Revolution” in 2014, the comforting narrative of youngsters striving for democracy combined with the aesthetic of tents beneath the skyscrapers captivated the world’s media. The scene in gritty Tianmu, a village outside the northern industrial city of Tianjin, couldn’t be more …