Category: China

Mao’s long shadow clouds China’s sharp power

     

In recent years, China has spent a small fortune trying to influence the world through “soft power” — relying on language, cuisine and culture, rather than the conventional hard tools of aircraft… Read more »

Disinformation: Countering malign influence of autocrats – and Big Tech?

     

The European Union may need “broader rules to make sure that the way companies collect and use data doesn’t harm the fundamental values of our society,” tech czar Margrethe Vestager,… Read more »

‘Harder edge’ to China’s sharp power threatens democracies

     

China is pushing to build up cultural “soft power” to complement the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a $60 billion infrastructure program it has launched as part of the Asian… Read more »

China ‘in danger of losing its grip’ over Tibet and Xinjiang

     

China is in danger of losing its grip over Tibet and Xinjiang and needs a radical reset of its ethnic policies, experts suggest. In September last year, Shohret Hoshur, a… Read more »

Hong Kong’s ‘last-straw movement’ vs. dystopian China Dream

     

Hong Kong’s leader must “serve two masters,” Chief Executive Carrie Lam told a group of businesspeople in the city, according to a transcript is taken from an audio recording of… Read more »

China Model promotes ‘authoritarian modernism’ in East Asia?

     

Over the past decade, democracy has regressed in much of Asia, though there are notable exceptions including Malaysia and Taiwan. Southeast Asia has witnessed a reversal in Thailand, weakening institutions… Read more »

Hostile Social Manipulation: ‘democratic societies in retreat’

     

As strategic competitors, most notably Russia and China, engage in hostile social manipulation,  such as conducting targeted social media campaigns, conspiracy theories, and sophisticated forgeries, democracies urgently need to undertake… Read more »

Hong Kong: China’s accusations of foreign influence echo authoritarian playbook

     

China has a long history of blaming “foreign forces” for challenges it has faced internally, including the Tiananmen Square protests 30 years ago. But the depth and ferocity of China’s… Read more »

Labor movement ‘winning the war of ideas’ for democracy?

     

Organized labor came out in solidarity with Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigners this week, as the International Trade Union Confederation called on the European Union to lead the way in ensuring… Read more »

Hong Kong’s ‘Water Revolution’ spiraling out of control?

     

Hong Kong activists urged Taiwan on Tuesday to help promote democracy in the Chinese-ruled city amid its worst political crisis in decades and called for a mass rally before the… Read more »