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Found in Translation

On July 22, a glossy new Chinese media venture known as the Paper announced its launch to much fanfare. A subset of Shanghai’s state-run Oriental Morning Post with outside investment estimated at $32 million, the Paper seems to be a venture into state-funded public service journalism. The timing is appropriate, coming as the influence of staid party mouthpieces has diminished while new media has flourished among China’s increasingly internet-savvy populace. With several bold investigative reports in the past month alone, the Paper could be primed to break new ground, with the state-run Global Times hailing it as a “trail blazer.” But...

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In Africa, Li Keqiang Refutes Charge of Chinese ‘Neo-Colonialism’

The tone of Li’s trip to Africa was carefully designed to hit back at accusations China is exploiting the continent. On April 11, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang finished his four country tour of Africa, making stops in Ethiopia (including the African Union headquarters), Nigeria, Angola, and Kenya. China’s activities in Africa are increasingly gaining media attention around the world, particularly as speculation heats up about a competition for the continent between China and the U.S. (or even China and Japan). Li’s trip promoted the traditional theme of China-African friendship, with an extra touch of defensiveness resulting from increased global scrutiny. While...

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America Should Step Back from the East China Sea Dispute

SHANGHAI — The United States has been a destabilizing force in the dispute between China and Japan over the sovereignty of a small chain of islands in the East China Sea. Not only did Washington create the problem in 1971 by arbitrarily returning the administrative rights of the islands to Japan, but America’s claim that its security alliance with Japan applies to the tiny islands has emboldened Tokyo to take a more aggressive stance toward Beijing. A peaceful resolution of the issue ultimately depends on the willingness of the Japanese government to acknowledge the dispute and pursue more reconciliatory...

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Now What About the Next 35 Years in U.S.-China Relations?

The U.S.-China Public Policy Forum on the 35th Anniversary of U.S.-China Diplomatic Relations was held at Harvard on March 23-25. The keynote speech was titled, “Now What About the Next 35 Years in US-China Relations? Can China and the US Work Together to Construct New Global Public Goods?” It was delivered by The Honorable Kevin Michael Rudd, 26th Prime Minister of Australia, Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center, at the Harvard Kennedy School Loeb House, on March 24, 2014. Please click the link below to download a transcript of the speech: Kevin Rudd Keynote Speech on US-China Relations...

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China, eyeing Japan, seeks WW2 focus for Xi during Germany visit

BEIJING (Reuters) – China wants to make World War Two a key part of a trip by President Xi Jinping to Germany next month, much to Berlin’s discomfort, diplomatic sources said, as Beijing tries to use German atonement for its wartime past to embarrass Japan. China has increasingly contrasted Germany and its public contrition for the Nazi regime to Japan, where repeated official apologies for wartime suffering are sometimes undercut by contradictory comments by conservative politicians. Ties between the two Asian rivals worsened when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine on December 26, which China sees as a symbol of Tokyo’s past militarism because it...

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SR: The Week’s China Reads

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Every week, China Program’s Senior Advisor Dr. Robert A. Kapp compiles a reading list and provides commentary, for you to better understand China.

Robert A. Kapp is senior advisor to the China Program at the Carter Center. He has been principal of Robert A. Kapp and Associates, a business consulting firm, since 2004. From 1994 through 2004 he served as President of the United States-China Business Council…