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Jo Kim

Jo Kim

Jo Kim received his L.L.M. in international politics from Fudan University. He writes extensively on China’s foreign policy, Taiwan and cross-strait relations, and has published several articles on international relations of East Asia. He currently resides in Shanghai.

Posts by Jo Kim
July 21, 2021

The Kris Wu Sex Scandal and China’s Search for Morality in Public Figures

By Jo Kim
In China, celebrities are under greater political and societal pressure to refrain from “immoral conduct.”  Is this the Chinese version of cancel culture?

April 20, 2021

Beijing’s Military-Heavy Approach to Taiwan Locks the US and China in a Security Dilemma

By Jo Kim
Beijing’s non-military options for coercing Taiwan are showing dwindling returns, meaning China is increasingly using military signaling to respond to any perceived provocation.
March 30, 2021

As the Government Pulls Back, China’s Boycott Against International Brands Loses Steam

By Jo Kim
While China’s efforts to name and shame foreign brands sometimes work, more often than not, brands and businesses simply have to wait out the nationalist outcry.

July 21, 2020

Can China Use LGBTQ Rights to Bolster Its Human Rights Reputation?

By Jo Kim
LGBTQ issues are one of the few rights areas where some discussion and dissent is allowed.

June 30, 2020

With Support for ‘Black Lives Matter’ China Crosses a Thin Line

By Jo Kim
Beijing’s propaganda use of the anti-racism movement risks backfiring.

June 22, 2020

Nationalism Is Impeding China’s Efforts to De-escalate Tensions With India

By Jo Kim
While the Chinese government is attempting to downplay tensions, fervent nationalists expect a stern response.
June 02, 2020

The Meng Wanzhou Case Speaks to China’s Diplomatic Paranoia

By Jo Kim
China’s unwarranted assertiveness and distrust of democratic systems damages its foreign relations.

May 05, 2020

Will Internet Celebrities Become China’s New Channel for Projecting Soft Power?

By Jo Kim
Can the CCP co-opt the popularity of social media darlings like Li Ziqi without running their global appeal?

May 05, 2020

The Chinese People Step up to Enforce China’s Nationalist Propaganda

By Jo Kim
Other countries need to take hyper-nationalistic rhetoric seriously, as it is both a top-down and bottom-up phenomenon.  

April 24, 2020

Why China’s Propaganda Efforts So Often Backfire

By Jo Kim
An obsession with finding enemies and uniting the front makes it difficult to “tell China’s story well.”

April 08, 2020

Taiwan’s Success Is the Bane of Beijing’s Global Coronavirus Propaganda

By Jo Kim
Much to Beijing’s chagrin, praise of Taiwan’s success has provided the democracy with much-needed global exposure.
March 17, 2020

Friend or Foe? Beijing Sizes up the KMT’s New Chair

By Jo Kim
The CCP is taking a wait-and-see stance, but it has some cause to worry about Johnny Chiang.

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