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Is the CCP About to Rehabilitate the Cultural Revolution?
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.

David Shambaugh on China’s Political Personalities, From Mao to Xi
September 08, 2021

David Shambaugh on China’s Political Personalities, From Mao to Xi

By Shannon Tiezzi
“Although their respective periods of rule are four decades apart, and China has changed so much in the interim, it is really quite striking just how much Mao and Xi have in common.”
China’s Tang Dynasty and Afghanistan, the Graveyard of Empires
August 28, 2021

China’s Tang Dynasty and Afghanistan, the Graveyard of Empires

By Chan Kung
The rise and fall of the Tang Dynasty points to the crucial strategic significance of the region today known as Afghanistan.

China Celebrates 100 Years of the CCP
July 02, 2021

China Celebrates 100 Years of the CCP

By Shannon Tiezzi
100 years of the party’s existence, 72 years of its rule – and about 40 years actually worth celebrating.

How the CCP Uses History
July 01, 2021

How the CCP Uses History

By Nicholas Ross Smith and Tracey Fallon
The party’s embrace of tailored history has accelerated ahead of the 100th anniversary of the CCP’s founding.

When Japan Waged a Currency War Against China
June 29, 2021

When Japan Waged a Currency War Against China

By Robert Farley
The WW2-era effort by Imperial Japan to disrupt China’s financial system is worth remembering today.

Xi Jinping Demands More Focus on the ‘War to Resist American Aggression’
October 21, 2020

Xi Jinping Demands More Focus on the ‘War to Resist American Aggression’

By Shannon Tiezzi
Amid the worst downturn in U.S.-China relations in decades, Xi highlights the one actual conflict fought between the two sides: the Korean War.
Is Chinese Civilization Really Thousands of Years Older than America’s?
August 28, 2020

Is Chinese Civilization Really Thousands of Years Older than America’s?

By Christopher K. Colley
The claim that China is 5,000 years old conflates “Chinese civilization” with the modern nation-state of the People’s Republic of China.

‘You Can See China From Here’: The Evolution of a Border
April 12, 2020

‘You Can See China From Here’: The Evolution of a Border

By Bill Callahan
Even the tightest border -- that of Maoist China -- can loosen over time, and eventually become a site of bustling exchange.

Chiang Ching-kuo’s Russian Odyssey
October 01, 2018

Chiang Ching-kuo’s Russian Odyssey

By James Baron
The future leader of Taiwan spent formative years as a passionate communist in the Soviet Union.

Xiong’an New Area: 1,000 Years of Government Intervention
April 07, 2018

Xiong’an New Area: 1,000 Years of Government Intervention

By Zhang Ling
1,000 years before Xi Jinping proclaimed the Xiong'an New Area, the Northern Song Dynasty turned the area into a swamp.
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