My Farewell By: Han Han Translated by: Margaret Xuanyi Lu Many people do not know this, but I was the class representative for math in elementary school. Afterwards, due to my carelessness and my preference for writing, I didn’t do as well in math anymore. Shortly after that, I met my first girlfriend, ‘Z’, who ranked among the top three students in our school. Z was the kind of girl who could solve the hardest geometry question on any math test using several different methods. I was the kind of guy who wanted to disregard calculations and simply use a measuring instrument to find the answer. With Z’s grades, she was bound to be accepted into one of the city’s best high schools. However, she was also very proud and would never let anything interfere with her schoolwork. Even if I did well, the best high school I could hope to get accepted to would have been a high-ranking community high school. I knew that Z would never deliberately do worse so that we could attend the same high school. All I could do was to work hard myself. Never believe people who tell you that distance isn’t a problem in love. You’re not mistaken if you thought that this story sounds like the plot of my novel Triple Door. The only exception is that in Triple Door, the...Read More
Professor Jia Qingguo of Peking University provides analysis on recent missile launches in North Korea and issues Beijing might have with starting talks with Washington and Seoul to address the North Korean problems. Issues include reviving memories of the Korean War in the 1950s, possible refugee problem, and who would restore domestic order in North Korea in the event of a crisis. Do you agree with Professor Jia? Link to article is at:...Read More
The Chinese Communist Party will hold its 19th Party Congress on October 18, marking the end of the first term of General Secretary Xi Jinping. In a leadership reshuffle, Xi is expected to promote allies to the Party’s key decision-making body, the 25-member Politburo. What has the Party accomplished since Xi took power in 2012? And how can the Party maintain its legitimacy amidst flagging economic growth, increased dissatisfaction among the disenfranchised—especially in Hong Kong and Xinjiang—a major diplomatic challenge in North Korea, and increasing hostility from U.S. President Donald Trump? Check out China File to learn from experts...Read More
How can the United States and China cooperate in Africa? A paper recently published in the Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch University, by Dr. Yawei Liu, Director of the China Program at the Carter Center, and William Pierce, former China Program Graduate Assistant, discuss malaria assistance in Africa. Solid Foundations for a New Partnership: How China and the United States Can Collaborate with Africa to Eradicate Malaria offers insights on overcoming systematic challenges, broadening diagnosis and treatment availability, and scaling up effective programs, among other topics. Abstract: The United States (US) and China prioritize malaria assistance by broadening diagnosis...Read More
Philippines’ Duterte will keep close ties with China The Philippines relationship with the United States has taken a drastic shift since the election of Rodrigo Duterte, in addition to more changes since the inauguration of Donald Trump. Xue Li is the director of the Department of International Strategy at the Institute of World Economics and Politics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and discusses how Duterte’s foreign policy creates a “relatively favorable atmosphere for easing tension in the South China Sea.” Do you think Xue Li’s analysis is correct? And will the Philippines continue to develop closer relations...Read More
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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…