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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
March 28, 2024

3 Key Points for Understanding China’s Foreign Policy

By Mu Chunshan
Does China want to change the status quo in the Asia-Pacific? Is China using Europe as a bargaining chip with the United States? How did “wolf warrior” diplomacy come about?

October 13, 2023

The Chinese Public Is Closely Watching the Israel-Hamas War

By Mu Chunshan
Social media posts reveal intense interest, as well as major information gaps. 
May 31, 2023

One Chinese Netizen’s Perspective on the Ukraine War

By Mu Chunshan
From the outside, it may seem that most Chinese support Russia, but one eloquent post may speak for China’s “silent majority.”

March 17, 2023

Why China Is Looking for a Bigger Role in the Middle East

By Mu Chunshan
China's brokering of the Iran-Saudi Arabia agreement advances several diplomatic priorities for Beijing.

March 09, 2023

How Is India Viewed in China?

By Mu Chunshan
Chinese views of India are very complicated – but generally based on a sense of superiority and self-confidence.

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.

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