Chinese Views of Tagore and Gandhi: Then and Now

Brian Tsui 徐啓軒, a postdoctoral fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World, is starting a collaborative research project on Sino-Indian relations in the Republican period (1911-1949). He is also interested in Nationalist China’s right-wing, anti-communist revolution in the second quarter of the twentieth century. His doctoral thesis, completed at Columbia University, was … more

Contesting State Ownership

Kevin Lin is a PhD candidate at the China Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney. His research concerns the remaking of the working class in China’s state-owned industrial sector since the 2000s.—The Editors ___________ In 2012, the respected economist Xu Xiaonian 许小年 wrote in the Financier: ‘The existence of state departments and state capital is not necessary in a … more

Zhang Shizhao 章士钊: On Appreciating Difference

Leigh Jenco is lecturer in Political Theory at the Department of Government of the London School of Economics (LSE) and Political Science. Jenco situates her research and much of her teaching at the intersection of contemporary political theory and modern Chinese thought, emphasising the theoretical and not simply historical value of Chinese discourses on politics. … more

The Territorial City

Under the new party-state leadership of Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, the Chinese government has embarked on an ambitious project of urbanisation that has attracted global interest (see also Mi Shih, ‘Making Rural China Urban’). This contribution by Carolyn Cartier – a professor of geography and urban studies at the University of Technology, Sydney and an … more

Making Rural China Urban

The Chinese government’s plans to move some 250 million rural residents into new towns and cities are being followed with interest worldwide. Writing in the New York Times (15 June 2013), Ian Johnson notes: ‘The shift is occurring so quickly, and the potential costs are so high, that some fear rural China is once again the site … more

Much Ado Over Small Islands: The Sino-Japanese Confrontation over Senkaku/Diaoyu

Since 2010, the China-Japan relationship has been rocked by tensions over the Senkaku 尖閣/Diaoyu 钓鱼 Islands. In 2010, a Chinese fishing boat captain was arrested by the Japanese Coast Guard and the Chinese government responded by cancelling high-level political talks and temporarily suspending a series of bilateral student exchanges. Then, in September 2012, the Japanese … more

Foreign Affairs Reaches Out to the Academy

The following essay was written in (rather dyspeptic) response to recent efforts by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to garner responses to the September 2012 Australian Government’s White Paper, Australia in the Asian Century. The China Story Journal has been following responses to the White Paper, and we have previously published the … more

A May Fourth Crackdown: the Chengdu Anti-PX Demonstration

Sabri Coskun is a writer and student who spends several months every year in Chengdu, Sichuan province. His interests include politics, activism and studying how different cultures interact. He is a freelance writer who contributes to various publications in Europe and Asia on issues related to China.—The Editors ___________ Chengdu has not seen a crackdown … more

Encountering China

This essay was commissioned as a review of Kin-ming Liu’s edited volume, My First Trip to China: Scholars, Diplomats and Journalists Reflect on their First Encounters with China, Hong Kong: East Slope publishing, 2012. As it turns out, The China Story offers a more commodious destination for these reflections. My thanks to Linda Jaivin and … more