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Mu Chunshan

Mu Chunshan is a Beijing-based journalist. Previously, Mu was part of an Education Ministry-backed research project investigating the influence of foreign media in shaping China’s image. He has previously reported from the Middle East, Africa, Russia and from around Asia.

Election Day in Beijing
November 23, 2016
Election Day in Beijing
What do elections look like in China's capital?
Election Day in Beijing
Anti-Muslim Sentiment Is Taking Over China's Social Media Scene
September 13, 2016
Anti-Muslim Sentiment Is Taking Over China's Social Media Scene
Why are Chinese netizens rallying against Muslims?
Anti-Muslim Sentiment Is Taking Over China's Social Media Scene
Why China-North Korea Relations Can’t Be Broken
March 10, 2016
Why China-North Korea Relations Can’t Be Broken
Despite North Korea's nuclear ambitions, its ties with China have been remarkably stable -- and will remain that way.
Why China-North Korea Relations Can’t Be Broken
China’s Private Sector Diplomacy
February 18, 2016
China’s Private Sector Diplomacy
China's private firms are going global -- and, by doing so, raising China's prestige on the world stage.
China’s Private Sector Diplomacy
The Logic Behind China's Military Reforms
December 05, 2015
The Logic Behind China's Military Reforms
By reforming its military, China hopes to catch up to global security trends.
The Logic Behind China's Military Reforms
Don’t Underestimate Xi Jinping’s Resolve in the South China Sea
October 29, 2015
Don’t Underestimate Xi Jinping’s Resolve in the South China Sea
U.S. freedom of navigation operations could spark a more intense reaction than Washington bargained for.
Don’t Underestimate Xi Jinping’s Resolve in the South China Sea
How Will China and the US Address the North Korean Puzzle?
September 23, 2015
How Will China and the US Address the North Korean Puzzle?
With Xi Jinping in the United States this week, North Korea should figure high on the agenda.
How Will China and the US Address the North Korean Puzzle?
In China, India and Pakistan Make PR Pushes
May 14, 2015
In China, India and Pakistan Make PR Pushes
With the Indian prime minister about to visit, India and Pakistan are dueling for public opinion in China.
In China, India and Pakistan Make PR Pushes
Revealed: How the Yemen Crisis Wrecked Xi Jinping's Middle East Travel Plans
April 22, 2015
Revealed: How the Yemen Crisis Wrecked Xi Jinping's Middle East Travel Plans
Xi's planned trip to Saudi Arabia was scrapped, and even his visit to Pakistan faced complications.
Revealed: How the Yemen Crisis Wrecked Xi Jinping's Middle East Travel Plans
China's Xi To Make First Middle East Trip
March 26, 2015
China's Xi To Make First Middle East Trip
China's president will travel to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Indonesia this April.
China's Xi To Make First Middle East Trip
5 Questions About Xi Jinping, Answered
December 09, 2014
5 Questions About Xi Jinping, Answered
Drawing on insider accounts, Mu Chunshan delves into the mysteries of Chinese politics under Xi Jinping.
5 Questions About Xi Jinping, Answered
3 Reasons China Should Welcome Aung San Suu Kyi
November 13, 2014
3 Reasons China Should Welcome Aung San Suu Kyi
China should extend an invitation -- and an olive branch -- to Suu Kyi and Myanmar's opposition party.
3 Reasons China Should Welcome Aung San Suu Kyi
China's Choice: India or Pakistan?
September 27, 2014
China's Choice: India or Pakistan?
Which South Asian country is more important for China's future?
China's Choice: India or Pakistan?
Why China Must Pay Attention to the Israel-Palestine Conflict
July 19, 2014
Why China Must Pay Attention to the Israel-Palestine Conflict
Beijing wants to remain neutral on the Israel-Palestine issue, but Chinese public opinion is increasingly polarized.
Why China Must Pay Attention to the Israel-Palestine Conflict
Why Doesn’t Russia Support China in the South China Sea?
June 21, 2014
Why Doesn’t Russia Support China in the South China Sea?
Strategic and political factors keep Moscow from backing Beijing on the South China Sea disputes.
Why Doesn’t Russia Support China in the South China Sea?
The Two Faces of the Uyghurs
May 19, 2014
The Two Faces of the Uyghurs
A lack of trust between Uyghur and Han will continue to frustrate efforts to achieve ethic unity.
The Two Faces of the Uyghurs
What is CICA (and Why Does China Care About It)?
May 17, 2014
What is CICA (and Why Does China Care About It)?
What is China's vision for the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia?
What is CICA (and Why Does China Care About It)?
How Does Europe Rank in China’s Diplomacy?
April 05, 2014
How Does Europe Rank in China’s Diplomacy?
China's increasing ties with Europe point to several new diplomatic goals and priorities for Beijing.
How Does Europe Rank in China’s Diplomacy?
5 Foreign Policy Takeaways From Li Keqiang’s Work Report
March 10, 2014
5 Foreign Policy Takeaways From Li Keqiang’s Work Report
Li Keqiang's government work report contained hints of what the Xi-Li leadership has in mind for foreign policy.
5 Foreign Policy Takeaways From Li Keqiang’s Work Report
China's Official Response To Jang Song-Thaek's Execution: An Analysis
December 21, 2013
China's Official Response To Jang Song-Thaek's Execution: An Analysis
The short statement by China's MFA on the situation in North Korea is actually quite revealing.
China's Official Response To Jang Song-Thaek's Execution: An Analysis
Why Israel Is Not A Model For China
December 06, 2013
Why Israel Is Not A Model For China
Israel's military toughness is attractive for many Chinese, but its foreign policy stance isn't feasible for Beijing.
Why Israel Is Not A Model For China
The Iranian Nuclear Question: China’s Perspective
November 27, 2013
The Iranian Nuclear Question: China’s Perspective
Forget Israel and Iran: China may be the ultimate winner of the recent deal over Iran’s nuclear program
The Iranian Nuclear Question: China’s Perspective
Why Do Some Chinese Still Love Bo Xilai?
August 06, 2013
Why Do Some Chinese Still Love Bo Xilai?
Much of Bo’s popularity derives from discontent with governance issues.
Why Do Some Chinese Still Love Bo Xilai?
How Ordinary Chinese Saw the Xi-Obama Summit
June 12, 2013
How Ordinary Chinese Saw the Xi-Obama Summit
Grand government pronouncements appear to have been largely ignored by the average Chinese.
How Ordinary Chinese Saw the Xi-Obama Summit
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