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Jesse Turland

Jesse Turland

Jesse Turland holds a degree in Chinese language and Asian Studies from the University of Melbourne and writes about contemporary Chinese society.

Jesse Turland completed a degree in Chinese language and Asian Studies at the University of Melbourne and followed this with a stint working in Beijing in consulting and education. He writes about contemporary Chinese society.
Posts by Jesse Turland
December 29, 2021

More Visibility for Xi Jinping’s Point Man on Ideology: Jiang Jinquan

By Jesse Turland
A year into the job as director of the top party-affiliated think tank, Jiang Jinquan is appearing more frequently to boldly champion Xi’s positions on ideology, party governance and unity.

December 17, 2021

China States Economic Priorities for 2022, Emphasizing ‘Stability’

By Jesse Turland
The character for stability (稳) appeared 25 times in the summary notes for the 2021 Central Economic Work Conference, which outlines the government’s economic goals for the coming year.
December 11, 2021

Safety Concerns Mount Over Damaged Fuel Rods at China’s Taishan Nuclear Plant

By Jesse Turland
A French whistleblower claims that the real number of damaged fuel rods exceeds the figure acknowledged by officials, and that there may be issues with other reactors of the same design.

November 30, 2021

David Ownby on China’s ‘Resolution on History,’ Ideology, and Intellectuals

By Jesse Turland
Reflections on CCP ideology -- including the latest Resolution on History -- and how it is received by Chinese intellectuals.

November 16, 2021

China’s Sixth Plenum Report Proclaims Bright Future Under Xi

By Jesse Turland
The CCP meeting served to reinforce the existing consensus on history, rather than overturn it – but also paved the way for the continuation of Xi's reign.

November 09, 2021

Judith Shapiro on the Future of China’s Climate Policy

By Jesse Turland
A discussion of China’s role at COP26, the significance of China’s blackouts induced by coal shortages, and future directions China’s climate policy might take.
November 04, 2021

China Stresses Developed Nations’ Promises at COP26

By Jesse Turland
In Glasgow, China’s representatives argued rich states must fulfill promises to support poorer nations’ green capacity development, even while power shortages call China’s own promises into question.

October 20, 2021

Op-Ed in China Draws Backlash for Advocating Women ‘Warm Rural Bachelors’ Beds’

By Jesse Turland
Since the latest census results confirmed slowing marriage and birth rates, policy solutions have increasingly undermined women’s rights.

October 13, 2021

Does China’s Remaining Non-State Media Have a Future?

By Jesse Turland
New draft regulations could cripple outlets like Caixin, considered a bastion of investigative journalism scrutinizing corporate and government dealings.

October 06, 2021

China’s Top Disciplinary Body Moves Against Ex-Security Officials Fu Zhenghua, Sun Lijun

By Jesse Turland
Under Xi Jinping it has become the norm for the Chinese Communist Party’s key anti-corruption body to oust senior public security officials who are disloyal or disliked.

September 29, 2021

Coal Shortages Force Blackouts Across China

By Jesse Turland
Trade wars on the international front and mine shutdowns at home have squeezed stocks of China’s main energy source, coal, triggering nation-wide blackouts.
September 15, 2021

Is the CCP About to Rehabilitate the Cultural Revolution?

By Jesse Turland
The official historical narrative – as defined by Xi Jinping – is set to feature prominently at the CCP plenum in November.

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