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Parading Around China’s Military Legacy
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Parading Around China’s Military Legacy

The interpretation of history is an inherently political act in China, and the struggle for control of the narrative of the War of Resistance Against Japan—World War II—has heated up during the approach to the September 3 parade commemorating the Japanese surrender. Joining the Sinica hosts to talk about changing interpretations of World War II and the big military parade in front of Tiananmen is …

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Sino-Russian Trade After a Year of Sanctions
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Sino-Russian Trade After a Year of Sanctions

After a year of intense flirtation, the Sino-Russian relationship is beginning to look like a one-sided love affair. Indeed, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to China last week—his first since the United States and European Union enacted sectoral sanctions against Russia after Malaysian Airline Flight 17 was shot down in eastern Ukraine in July of 2014—marked a year …

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Growing Demand in China for Africa’s Lion Bones
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Growing Demand in China for Africa’s Lion Bones

Traditional Chinese medicine—popular throughout Asia—long has prized the supposed medicinal value of tiger bones. Now, though, as the world’s wild tiger population is disappearing fast, even facing extinction, the Chinese medicine industry may have found an alternative with lion bones. A new study reveals demand for lion bones has surged since 2008, with the bones largely going to Asia for use in traditional medicine. …

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Stock Market Volatility Is Not a Harbinger of Collapsing Growth
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Stock Market Volatility Is Not a Harbinger of Collapsing Growth

It would be a sad end to an amazing story. An economic miracle—one that lifted 300 million people from poverty and shifted the world’s economic center of gravity—collapsing under the weight of risky investments and a financial crisis. This seems to be the theme about the Chinese economy of many commentaries in the international media following the recent stock market turbulence and changes …

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Film honors Shanghai’s WWII shelter of Jews
By September 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Film honors Shanghai’s WWII shelter of Jews

The international community needs to know more about China’s contributions and sacrifices in the war against fascism, said China’s consul general in New York. “People in the world, including people here in New York, know about the history of World War II and the Holocaust, while few know that more […]

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Troop Cut – a Concrete Step for Peace
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Troop Cut – a Concrete Step for Peace

President Xi Jinping announced China would cut the number of its troops by 300,000 while addressing the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of WWII on Sept. 3. The large troop cut in the People’s Liberation Army, the 11th of its kind since the founding of New China in 1949, shows the country’s sincerity and determination to follow a peaceful development path.

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Why the U.S.’ Cyber Sanctions Against China Will Have Little Effect
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Why the U.S.’ Cyber Sanctions Against China Will Have Little Effect

The Obama administration is proposing economic sanctions to punish Chinese companies benefiting from cyber espionage. As there are few clearly defined ways to account for cyber harm or universal norms in cyberspace, the call for sanctions can perhaps primarily be seen as a political signal aimed as much at domestic audiences as to China.

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Why China’s Land Reclamation Is Legitimate and Justified
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Why China’s Land Reclamation Is Legitimate and Justified

Apart from meeting China’s own defense needs, the activity is also based on a 1987 request from the United Nations. By constructing civilian facilities on the islands and reefs in a transparent way, China is contributing to navigational safety and raising the level of maritime cooperation in the region.

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Must Reads of the Week: Europe’s Migration Crisis, China’s GMOs, and More
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Must Reads of the Week: Europe’s Migration Crisis, China’s GMOs, and More

What CFR.org Editors are reading the week of August 31–September 4, 2015.

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Must Reads of the Week: Katrina, Corn Wars, the Iran Debate, and More
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Must Reads of the Week: Katrina, Corn Wars, the Iran Debate, and More

What CFR.org Editors are reading the week of August 17–21, 2015.

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