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John Lee is a former visiting fellow of the Mercator Institute for China Studies. He tweets at @J_B_C16.

12 Regions of China: The Inertia of Unity
August 01, 2017
12 Regions of China: The Inertia of Unity
Despite regional variations, politically speaking China is remarkably homogeneous.
12 Regions of China: The Inertia of Unity
12 Regions of China: Why the Center Still Reigns Supreme
July 31, 2017
12 Regions of China: Why the Center Still Reigns Supreme
While China can be conceptualized as 12 distinct regions, that doesn't mean the country is going to split apart.
12 Regions of China: Why the Center Still Reigns Supreme
12 Regions of China: The Southwest
July 29, 2017
12 Regions of China: The Southwest
This area is home to most of China’s 55 ethnic minorities and some of its most spectacular landscapes.
12 Regions of China: The Southwest
12 Regions of China: The Tibetan Plateau
July 29, 2017
12 Regions of China: The Tibetan Plateau
The “roof of the world” spans not only the Tibetan Autonomous Region but parts of Qinghai, Sichuan, and Yunnan.
12 Regions of China: The Tibetan Plateau
12 Regions of China: Xinjiang
July 29, 2017
12 Regions of China: Xinjiang
China's 'new frontier' is home to the largely Muslim Uyghur ethnic group.
12 Regions of China: Xinjiang
12 Regions of China: The Gansu and Ningxia Corridors
July 27, 2017
12 Regions of China: The Gansu and Ningxia Corridors
China's gateway to Xinjiang was the first leg of the ancient Silk Road.
12 Regions of China: The Gansu and Ningxia Corridors
12 Regions of China: Inner Mongolia
July 27, 2017
12 Regions of China: Inner Mongolia
Inner Mongolia has long served as a buffer between China and potential invaders.
12 Regions of China: Inner Mongolia
12 Regions of China: Manchuria
July 25, 2017
12 Regions of China: Manchuria
Once home to China's last dynasty, Manchuria is now the country's rust belt.
12 Regions of China: Manchuria
12 Regions of China: The Periphery
July 24, 2017
12 Regions of China: The Periphery
Exploring the historical Chinese frontier.
12 Regions of China: The Periphery
12 Regions of China: The Southeast Coast
July 22, 2017
12 Regions of China: The Southeast Coast
The historic center of China's maritime trade remains the heart of export-oriented manufacturing.
12 Regions of China: The Southeast Coast
12 Regions of China: The Yangtze Delta
July 21, 2017
12 Regions of China: The Yangtze Delta
China's "land of fish and rice," today a high-tech hub, has long been the country's wealthiest region.
12 Regions of China: The Yangtze Delta
12 Regions of China: The Central South
July 21, 2017
12 Regions of China: The Central South
The original frontier for Han expansions remains a strategic pivot point today.
12 Regions of China: The Central South
12 Regions of China: The Sichuan Basin
July 20, 2017
12 Regions of China: The Sichuan Basin
China's agricultural powerhouse is now also an aerospace and defense hub.
12 Regions of China: The Sichuan Basin
12 Regions of China: The Loess Plateau
July 19, 2017
12 Regions of China: The Loess Plateau
The birthplace of Chinese civilization, today the loess plateau is relatively poor.
12 Regions of China: The Loess Plateau
12 Regions of China: The North China Plain
July 18, 2017
12 Regions of China: The North China Plain
The heartland of ancient China is fittingly home to the modern-day capital.
12 Regions of China: The North China Plain
The 12 Regions of China: Past and Present
July 17, 2017
The 12 Regions of China: Past and Present
Rather than viewing China as a monolith, the country can be understood as 12 distinct regions.
The 12 Regions of China: Past and Present
What Now for China’s ‘Historic Rights’ in the South China Sea?
August 02, 2016
What Now for China’s ‘Historic Rights’ in the South China Sea?
Defending China's "historic rights" in the South China Sea is integral to the Communist Party's political narrative.
What Now for China’s ‘Historic Rights’ in the South China Sea?
Innovation in China: More Than a Fast Follower?
June 09, 2016
Innovation in China: More Than a Fast Follower?
When it comes to innovation, China still lags behind the West -- but it is catching up.
Innovation in China: More Than a Fast Follower?
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