Written by Ruth Hayhoe. It was striking to find myself the only non-Chinese scholar at a conference celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the establishment of the Graduate School of Education at Xiamen University – the leading institution for higher education research in China – from 17 to 18 May 2018. The conference attracted around 500 […]

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Written by Jane Orton. Across all the English-speaking countries (ESCs) in the twenty-first century, education departments and individual schools have responded to calls from politicians and social commentators for an increase in the teaching of Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin). After some years, however, reports written in the UK and in Australia raised a number of concerns about […]

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By Pascall Abb. China’s increasing engagement with conflict and post-conflict societies has already attracted significant attention from international observers, particularly after it emerged as a major contributor to peacekeeping missions in the first decade of the new millennium (covered, for example, in a report by Saferworld  and a special issue of International Peacekeeping). One of the earliest […]

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Written by Ian Inkster, Mark Wenyi Lai and Victoria Hsin Hsin Chang. Identity Politics in the International Context The global thesis is that industrial democracies have since around 1970 moved from a politics of social class, of trade unions versus private enterprise, to a politics of identity in which gender, ethnicity, local community and youth […]

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Written by Ian Inkster, Mark Wenyi Lai and Victoria Hsin Hsin Chang. The academic commentaries now hitting the scene in the Taiwanese newspapers and social media tend to be either rather extreme, or far too general and light-fingered to stand the many tests of time. There might be exceptions, but below is an attempt to […]

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By Colin Peebles Christensen. After Norway’s Nobel Committee awarded the 2010 Peace Prize to democracy activist Liu Xiaobo, the country’s relationship with China turned glacial. China cut off diplomatic communication, throttled salmon imports, and cocooned visa procedures for Norwegian citizens in red tape. A six-year political ice age ensued, until lobbying by the newly elected […]

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By Andreas Bøje Forsby. When in June 2012 China’s President Hu Jintao made a first-ever official Chinese state visit to Denmark, Chinese diplomats put strong pressure on the Danish government ahead of the planned visit. Their main concern? That Hu would be confronted with any activists or manifestations critical of China. The message was somehow transmitted […]

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By Jojje Olsson. Around the world, Chinese embassies are growing increasingly active and assertive. However, in few places is this as obvious as in Sweden, where the ambitious ambassador Gui Congyou assumed his post in August last year. The appointment might have been confusing for some. Not long after his arrival in Stockholm, Gui told […]

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