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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.

Posts by Mu Chunshan
September 21, 2022

China’s Public Opinion Is Shifting Away From Russia

By Mu Chunshan
Anyone relying only on official pronouncements and the state media may have missed that Chinese public opinion is turning against Russia – and toward Ukraine – as the war drags on.

May 26, 2022

There’s a Narrow Window to Improve Australia-China Relations

By Mu Chunshan
A change in Australia's government won't magically make all the problems go away, but Beijing and Canberra have a chance to bring the relationship back under control.
February 17, 2022

Why China Will Not Support a Russian Invasion of Ukraine

By Mu Chunshan
The reputational cost – both on the international stage and with the Chinese people – would be great if Beijing threw its support behind Russian aggression.

November 09, 2021

Who Wants to See a War Over Taiwan?

By Mu Chunshan
China is not about to invade Taiwan, but there are those in China, Taiwan, and the U.S. who benefit from pushing in that direction.

July 16, 2021

Foreign Media Face a Trust Crisis in China

By Mu Chunshan
Western media have lost a good deal of their credibility with ordinary Chinese. How can they recover that trust?

March 31, 2021

China-US Relations: Views From China

By Mu Chunshan
Understanding how ordinary Chinese people view the relationship is a crucial, but often overlooked, element in getting U.S. policy right.
September 12, 2020

China-US Media Relations Are Cratering. That’s a Serious Problem.

By Mu Chunshan
Amid the tensions, media on both sides have been casualties. That bodes very poorly for the future of U.S.-China relations.

July 23, 2020

How Chinese People View the US Sanctions Against Huawei

By Mu Chunshan
The attack on Huawei has been hugely damaging for Chinese popular opinion toward the United States.

March 17, 2020

On China, COVID-19, and Conspiracy Theories

By Mu Chunshan
As US-China relations continue to worsen, many Chinese are seizing on the narrative that the new coronavirus started in America.

November 28, 2019

North Korea’s Economy: The View From China

By Mu Chunshan
Sanctions aside, many Chinese businesspeople are willing to invest across the border. Is North Korea ready to open its doors for them?

July 31, 2018

China’s Sudden #MeToo Movement

By Mu Chunshan
In the past week, accusations of sexual harassment and assault have exploded on Chinese social media.
April 16, 2018

How Chinese People View the US-China Trade War

By Mu Chunshan
What public opinion in China says about the trade frictions (and what that means for the United States).

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