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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
February 13, 2020

Coronavirus Paranoia May Boost the Chinese Public’s Approval of the Government

By Jo Kim
Chinese people largely seem to approve of the central government’s actions and applaud harsh quarantine measures at the local level.

February 07, 2020

The Coronavirus Outbreak Presents an Opportunity for Cross-Strait Rapprochement

By Jo Kim
Taipei and Beijing could both extend olive branches in the name of a public health emergency that would otherwise be politically infeasible.
January 27, 2020

Wuhan Coronavirus: China Plays the Blame Game

By Jo Kim
With the Wuhan government to take the blame, the central leadership is unscathed by the coronavirus outbreak

January 18, 2020

China’s Media Go Global But Struggle With Credibility

By Jo Kim
China has many good stories, but the CCP is not good at telling them.

January 08, 2020

Beijing’s Fear of Taiwan Independence Under Tsai Steers Taiwan Away From Unification – Again

By Jo Kim
Why does so much of China's approach to Taiwan under the DPP seem self-defeating? Because Beijing believes it has no other choice.

January 06, 2020

So Much for a Rough Year: China Is Set to Achieve Its First Centennial Goal in 2020

By Jo Kim
The many challenges will hurt, but the CCP – and Xi Jinping himself – is still far from facing a legitimacy challenge.
December 26, 2019

Star Wars: How Taiwan’s Celebrities Became Pawns in the Cross-Strait Struggle

By Jo Kim
The Chinese public’s witch-hunt for “pro-independence” Taiwanese stars dims the prospects of peaceful unification with Taiwan.

December 16, 2019

Why China’s Xinjiang Propaganda Fails

By Jo Kim
China’s defense of its Xinjiang approach as a necessary counterterrorism strategy has fallen flat abroad.

December 10, 2019

When ‘Chinese People’s Feelings’ are the Only Feelings That Matter

By Jo Kim
The downside of China’s nationalist campaign is looming ever-larger.

December 06, 2019

Exploring China’s New Narrative on Democracy

By Jo Kim
Amid growing concerns about its governance, China's leadership is attempting to emphasize its own brand of democracy with “Chinese characteristics.”

November 26, 2019

Explaining China’s Assertive Approach to the Hong Kong Protests

By Jo Kim
The CCP’s hardline on Hong Kong risks a global backlash, but it is in line with the Party’s central goal: survival.
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