Tag: China

23. Nov 2021

Opinion – China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Pragmatism over Morals?


By Tabita Rosendal, Ph.D. student at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University, Sweden and an affiliate at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), Copenhagen, Denmark.

Is China beating the US and EU through its pragmatic approach towards cooperation under the “Belt and Road” Initiative (“一带一路”倡议) (BRI)? Despite the advent of the US’ “Build Back Better World” (B3W) and the EU’s “Connecting Europe Globally” (CEG), evidence from Sri Lanka suggests that some countries still look to China for support due to the ‘no-strings-attached’ nature of its investments. The stark reality is that China’s “pragmatic values”, combined with loans, may outcompete the two Western initiatives.

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4. Feb 2021

Life Under the Radar: Female North Korean Migrants Living in China.


Kate Allanson, MA North Korean Studies Student, University of Central Lancashire: A life underground or risk repatriation. This is the choice many North Korean migrants are faced with once they cross the Yalu River, setting foot on Chinese ground. North Koreans hold no refugee status once in China, receive no governmental aid and encounter no […]

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1. Jul 2020

A New Cold War? Can we maintain good academic relationships with China post Covid-19?


Jørgen Delman, University of Copenhagen

As a social scientist working in the field of Chinese politics, I note with interest the speed with which perceptions of China changed these last months. A Cold War mentality is detectable.

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22. Jun 2020

What’s Past Is Prologue – The Geopolitical Significance of Covid-19 for Southeast Asia


Ann Maire Murphy, Seton Hall University.

As countries begin to reopen during the Covid-19 pandemic, strategic analysts are debating its impact on the future of geopolitics. Some contend that the pandemic could reshape the global order, accelerating China’s rise to international leadership while hastening the decline of the United States.

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25. May 2020

Tackling intimate partner violence is not of interest to China


 by Pia Eskelinen,  Doctoral Candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Turku.   In early 2016, a legislation on domestic violence was implemented in China. However, the law does not provide adequate protection for the victims. And furthermore, intimate partner violence is often seen as normal thing within families or in other close relationships. In […]

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12. Aug 2011

Political blogs in China: the case of Han Han by Jesper Schlæger, PhD Fellow Copenhagen University

China, InFocus

Introduction Blogs1 have become a way for people to express personal opinions online, and in China the “blogosphere” is turning into an arena for political debate. This stands in sharp contrast to the Chinese state media which, not surprisingly, usually present the officially acceptable version of social events. Self-censorship among journalists and editors is well-known, […]

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2. Mar 2011

Are the “flower revolutions” in the Middle East and North Africa endangering stability in China? by Christian Göbel

China, democracy, InFocus

These are fascinating
times, as the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East might well be the
beginning of a “Fourth Wave” of Democracy. The late political scientist Samuel
Huntington once likened clustered incidences of democratizations to “waves”. After
the apparent ebbing out of the “Third Wave”, which between 1974 and the early
1990s swept over Southern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe, the
time might have come for another democratic push. As a political scientist
studying stability and instability of authoritarian regimes, I am extremely

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20. Jan 2011

Still Repairing Chinese-Japanese Relations by Asger Røjle Christensen

China, InFocus, Japan, nationalism

Yes, there has been a serious crisis
recently between China and Japan.

The collision between a Chinese
fishing trawler and a Japanese coastguard patrol boat close to the disputed
islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, prompted both countries
to take drastic measures which resulted in China canceling a number of
high-level ministerial meetings between the two countries. But no, this doesn’t
imply that the region is on the brink of open confrontation. It doesn’t disturb
the general trend towards a more pragmatic cooperative attitude from both

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18. Jan 2011

Controversial Chinese activist receives the Simone de Beauvoir prize for Women’s freedom


On January 11th, in Paris, the Simone de Beauvoir prize for Women’s freedom 2010 was awarded to two Chinese women, GUO Jianmei 郭健梅, a lawyer in Beijing and Prof. AI Xiaoming 艾晓明 from Sun Zhongshan University (Canton). The Simone de Beauvoir Prize is an international human rights prize for women’s freedom, awarded since 2008 to […]

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9. Dec 2010

Pushing China further away – giving the Nobel to regime change

China, InFocus

By way of
introduction, let me affirm that of course Liu Xiaobo should not be in prison
for peacefully publishing his opinions on China’s system of government. He
has a long history of conducting a non-violent personal fight against the Party
leadership, the last time I met him was on Tiananmen. He has also guest-lectured here in Aarhus

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