Tag: China

From Apathy to Zealousness: Student Political Involvement in China and the USA

Young people in both the U.S. and China remain in the spotlight of politics, whether they are being discussed as a group, praised, or criticized. But are students in the US and China actually involved with politics in their respective countries? Has student involvement changed historically? While it is difficult to compare American and Chinese student involvement in politics because of how incredibly different their governments are in terms of structure (communist state vs. constitutional federal republic), how political parties operate (one major party vs. two major parties), and political outlooks (the system as a means to an end and betterment of the country vs. the system as morally just). This article serves as a brief examination of what political participation can...

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2017 G20 Gains and Gripes

The latest G20 Summit, an annual meeting  of international leaders from 20 countries and international organizations, convened last weekend from July 8-9th in Hamburg, Germany. Important areas of discussion for the 12th meeting of these global leaders included climate change and sustainable development, the global financial system and its growth, counter-terrorism, the spread of digital technology, health issues, anti-corruption, and women’s economic empowerment. While there were many notable meetings taking place, the actions of the current US President and his administration in and out of the meeting settings did not go unnoticed on social media. Trump left to meet with Indonesian Prime Minister Joko Widodo during a G20 meeting, and drew heavy criticism online when his daughter Ivanka sat in his place instead of an actual, high-ranked official, as is precedent. Trump has...

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Nationalism on Chinese Social Media Has Its Own Limits

Expressions of nationalistic sentiments have been growing on Chinese social media recently, a phenomenon that could work both for or against the Chinese government. In January 2016, Tsai Ing-wen was elected president on the island of Taiwan. In response, thousands of mainland Chinese internet users leapt over the Great Firewall of China into Tsai’s Facebook page to marvel at the wonders of the Mainland and warn against Taiwanese independence (which her Party – the Democratic Progressive Party – is known to lean towards). Putting aside the irony of the fact that, in order to succeed, these people were forced...

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Surprising Reactions to Trump from the Chinese News and Net

While Donald Trump does certainly have his share of ardent domestic support and opposition, how does his rhetoric and image translate overseas? In particular, how do Chinese netizens and news sources feel about Donald Trump, his policies, and by extension, his family members that are now part of the administration? Both the United States and China have enormous global influence, and future collaboration and alliances between the two nation will depend on how Trump himself treats China, as well as public and state opinions. China only has one ally on paper, North Korea (DPRK), and future international relations are...

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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…