China Policy Institute Blog

China’s new petitioning guidelines and social governance policy

Written by Samantha Hoffman. On 25 February, the Communist Party of China’s (CCP) Central Committee and the State Council introduced guidelines on reforming the country’s petitioning system, highlighting the rule of law in handling petition cases and expanding channels for petitioners to address officials. The guidelines have received limited attention in western media—after all, it …

Party-State Reemerges Through Education in Taiwan

Written by Ketty Chen. “Stop Colonial Assimilation Education! Give us back our curriculum!” on an early morning late last week, members of aboriginal rights groups and organizations gathered outside of Taiwan’s Ministry of Education (MOE) and chanted slogan in protest. Geography professor Tibusungu Vayayana (汪明輝) of the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), said angrily that …

The Middle Dream

Written by Lauren Johnston. Soon after becoming Chinese President in November 2012 Xi Jinping spoke of his belief that “The Great Revival of the Chinese nation is the greatest Chinese dream”. Attempts to understand the concept of “Chinese dream”, inside and outside of China, have followed extensively since. This post reflects on the evolution of …

The US and China Compete for Immigrants

Written by Isaac Medina. Are the US and China vying for the same international demographic? According to New York University’s Melissa Lefkowitz, the Chinese government is in the process of drafting new migratory regulations which would allow applicants in the technology industry to settle in China permanently: “[a]n expert privy to the [Ministry of Public …

China’s Proposed “State Security Council”: Social Governance under Xi Jinping

Written by Samantha Hoffman and Peter Mattis. The communiqué following the Third Plenum on 12 November stated that a “State Security Committee” would be established to “perfect the national security system and national security strategy, and ensure national security.” No specific information on the plan was provided, leaving to question what form the future committee might …

Xinjiang Dreams: Worrying about ethnicity

Written by David Tobin. The ethnically targeted violence of July 2009 in Ürümchi overshadowed the lead-up to the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC. Uyghurs and Han were both victims and perpetrators and official figures claimed 197 people were killed (See here, here and here). The violence suggested that ethnic relations remain an important …

Stewards of the Social Environment: Social documentary in Contemporary Chinese Studies

Written by Andreas Fulda. Social documentary is a unique approach which combines teaching, research and outreach work in Contemporary Chinese Studies. As the producer and director of the social documentary series “Stewards of the Social Environment” I was involved in the design of the conceptual framework, the selection of participating organisations as well as the …

The D notice system in the UK: on par with censorship instructions in China?

Written by Andreas Fulda. The industrial scale of US and UK government-backed internet surveillance has sent shock waves around the world. American whistle blower Edward Snowden revealed that the US National Security Agency (NSA) not only targeted universities in Hong Kong but also the mobile phone messaging of millions of mainland Chinese citizens. Recent reports …

June 4: Memories, Myths, and Memorials

Written by Jackie Sheehan. It was 24 years ago today that 130,000 troops from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) entered central Beijing to end the occupation of Tiananmen Square which had begun in mid-May. From late in the evening of June 3, to get to the remaining student and worker activists and sympathisers still in …

Linking Diaspora Chinese Studies with Contemporary Chinese Studies

Written by Bin WU. A review of The Conceptualization and Practice of Transnational Asia: China Model, Ethnic Network and International Relationship (“跨界亚洲的理论与实践—中国模式,华人网络,国际关系”,刘宏著,南京大学出版社2013 ) The on-going processes of China’s rise and transition are perhaps one of “big events” in the world history, offering opportunities and challenges for academics to understand, reflect and interpret. In relation with …