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Beijing After Tiananmen, Part 3: The Closing Chapter
June 14, 2019

Beijing After Tiananmen, Part 3: The Closing Chapter

By Bonnie Girard
A dinner invitation and bullet holes in the window.

The Sino-Vietnam War and China’s Long Route to Winning
May 24, 2019

The Sino-Vietnam War and China’s Long Route to Winning

By James Maclaren
A little-known war helped shape the future of Southeast Asia.
Cen Yuying: ‘The Cruel Viceroy’
May 24, 2019

Cen Yuying: ‘The Cruel Viceroy’

By David Leffman
To the British, he was a “chief criminal.” To the Chinese, his legacy is more complex.

May 4, 1919: The Making of Modern China
May 01, 2019

May 4, 1919: The Making of Modern China

By Sebastian Veg
100 years later, modern China’s foundational moment has taken on many meanings.

Why Did Xi Jinping Visit Manchuria?
October 19, 2018

Why Did Xi Jinping Visit Manchuria?

By Chi Wang
The region is both central to Chinese history and all-too-often overlooked by Chinese governments.

A Murder in Yunnan: The Margary Affair
October 09, 2018

A Murder in Yunnan: The Margary Affair

By David Leffman
A trade war, an unsolved murder, and the founding of the Chinese Embassy in London.

The British Clerk Who Tried to Spark a Chinese Revolution
June 28, 2018

The British Clerk Who Tried to Spark a Chinese Revolution

By David Leffman
The life and confessions of Charles Welsh Mason.
How Xi’an’s Past Became a Blueprint for Its Future
May 08, 2018

How Xi’an’s Past Became a Blueprint for Its Future

By Erin Dunne
Public memory as a tool of development in Xi’an.

What Might a Chinese World Order Look Like?
April 13, 2018

What Might a Chinese World Order Look Like?

By Xue Li and Cheng Zhangxi
Using the ancient concept of Li to understand a Chinese order.

How a British Historian and Hungarian Writer Predicted the Soviet Fall and China’s Rise
January 27, 2018

How a British Historian and Hungarian Writer Predicted the Soviet Fall and China’s Rise

By Francis P. Sempa
In the early 1970s, Arnold Toynbee and George Urban foresaw two of the developments that would shape the 21st century.

The Enduring Relevance of America's Reckoning With the Qing Dynasty
January 19, 2018

The Enduring Relevance of America's Reckoning With the Qing Dynasty

By Robert Farley
To some extent, the United States is still captured by the romantic notion of a “mission” with China.
Zheng He's Voyages and the Symbolism Behind Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative
December 22, 2017

Zheng He's Voyages and the Symbolism Behind Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative

By Paul Musgrave and Daniel Nexon
What explains Xi's Belt and Road push? Above all, it may about domestic political legitimacy for the Chinese Communist Party.

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