China-India Border Escalations: A Triangular Explanation
By Ghulam Ali
Why have Sino-Indian border tensions exploded? Three factors are at work: the border disputes, the rise of nationalist leaders in both countries, and the impact of geopolitics.
Riding the Tiger: Ethno-nationalism and China’s Foreign Policy
By Orson Tan
Having built up the U.S. as a perceived enemy seeking to forestall China's rightful greatness, the CCP has few off-ramps from its aggressive stance.
Russia’s Irrational War in Ukraine Should Be a Warning for Predicting China’s Behavior
By Jan Švec
Many of the factors that led to Putin’s disastrous decision are also present in China’s authoritarian system.
How Nationalism and Xenophobia Drive China’s ‘Zero COVID’ Policy
By Lai-Ha Chan and Pak K. Lee
Will a post-COVID China still be committed to a policy of opening to the world?
The Hidden Audience of China’s Undiplomatic Diplomacy
By Ethan McAndrews
Incidents like the recent beating of a protester in Manchester are reflective of China's new diplomatic direction under Xi Jinping.
How Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan Drove Chinese Public Opinion Toward Reunification by Force
By Leo Chu
Since Pelosi’s visit, the future of the cross-strait issue has surged toward military conflict, as the Chinese public started to dismiss the possibility of peaceful reunification.
How Did Abe Shinzo Become an Unlikely Subject of Collective Grief in China?
By Ni Tao
The late Japanese prime minister was not popular in China, but some have used his death to emphasize their frustration at being unable to speak freely.
The Complex Nationalism of China’s Gen-Z
By Brian Wong
China’s youngest generation is often associated with hyper-nationalism. That oversimplifies their complex, individualized relationships with their country.
The Unintended Consequences of China’s Stance on Ukraine
By Yimei Liu
China’s censored social media environment makes it difficult to judge public opinion. But the pro-Russia narrative that has emerged is having a real impact on ordinary people.
Chinese Olympians Balance Politics and Sport
By Patrick Beyrer
Chinese athletes must navigate not only their chosen sports but also CCP redlines, online nationalism, and corporate demands.
Beijing’s Balancing Act on China-US Relations
By Brian Wong
Chinese leaders must balance the current push for strategic de-escalation with the hyper-nationalism at play among average Chinese.
China’s Nationalist Cancel Culture
By Bingqing Yang
In China, celebrities can be blacklisted in the span of days – or even hours – for perceived offenses against national dignity.