Ethnic Tension in China: From Guangdong to Xinjiang

Linda Benson • Aug 21 2009 • Articles
The recent clashes between Han Chinese and Uyghurs illustrate dramatically the difficulties facing China as the existing chasm between the Han majority and the Uyghur minority deepens. Both incidents constitute an enormous setback to China's minority policy and to government efforts at persuading the minority Uyghurs that they are citizens with equal rights in the new China.

The development of Human Rights in Communist China

Merle Goldman • Jul 21 2009 • Articles
Since the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, its Communist Party leadership has repressed dissident political views and organized political opposition. Nevertheless, today's China is not the China during the rule of Mao Zedong (1949-1976), when people were persecuted and imprisoned not only for what they said, but for who they were.

Understanding the disturbances in Xinjiang

Stanley W. Toops • Jul 9 2009 • Articles
Xinjiang is economically and geopolitically important to China. It is the country's number three oil producer and represents one-sixth of China's territory. Given the significance of oil and the role of China in Central Asia, stability in Xinjiang is key to the Chinese state. The underlying factors behind the events of July 5, 2009, in Urumqi include cultural, economic and political dimensions.

“One World, One Dream”: The Beijing Olympics

Richard Baum • Apr 22 2009 • Articles
Of all the visible symbols of China's rise to global prominence, perhaps the most compelling was the Opening of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. But what did the Games reveal about the nature and character of the "new" China, and-equally importantly-what did they seek to conceal from view?

The return of the bancor? Chinese ascendancy and the global monetary system

Andrew Pickering • Apr 12 2009 • Articles
The global financial crisis has so far failed to yield a second Bretton Woods agreement, as some had hoped, but recent calls for a new global reserve currency are beginning to excite the minds of politicians, financiers and scholars alike. Taking inspiration from the 'bancor' currency proposed by John Maynard Keynes in 1944, the governor of the People's Bank of China suggested last month that the global monetary system would benefit from revamping the role of the International Monetary Fund’s special drawing rights (SDRs) to create a uniform global reserve currency.

Africa without Europeans

Chris Alden • Oct 29 2008 • Articles
It is the very nature of ‘otherness’ in the experience of Chinese contact with Africa – the fact that it stands outside the pattern of international relations and historical memory – which forms of one of the key features of this relationship to this day. This notion of ‘difference’ allows us to see in these relations on the periphery, something deeply significant about the broader shape of international relations in the contemporary period

What is this thing called the decline of the West?

Stephen Chan • Aug 18 2008 • Articles
In the west, China's rise and increased attention to fundamentalist Islam have caused many to perceive a global contest in the export of values. At this particular crossroads of history there seem to be several very different maps for the future. In this context, many speak of the 'decline of the west', but what is it exactly?

Why Bush should go to the Olympics

Victor D. Cha • Jul 23 2008 • Articles
Critics have deplored President Bush’s announcement over the weekend of his intent to attend the Beijing Olympics because of China’s poor human rights record and unfulfilled promises to the International Olympic Committee to liberalize before the Games. This is a wrong-headed view. The President should attend the opening ceremonies in August, and have a great time rooting for American athletes.

The Cold War and Chinese Foreign Policy

Yafeng Xia • Jul 16 2008 • Articles
In October 1949, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) replaced the Republic of China (ROC) after the Chinese Communists won a nationwide victory in the civil war and drove the Nationalist government to Taiwan. A Communist China, comprising a quarter of the world’s population, had inevitably extended the Cold War to East Asia. The PRC’s foreign policy during the Cold War went through several distinctive stages.

China, Darfur, and the 2008 Summer Olympics: An Intolerable Contradiction

Eric Reeves • Apr 20 2008 • Articles
Despite the common claim that China can’t be moved by international pressure from human rights or advocacy groups, the campaign to link genocide in Darfur to Beijing’s hosting of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games has thoroughly belied this notion. It is a campaign which must not give way to political expediency.

Please Consider Donating

Before you download your free e-book, please consider donating to support open access publishing.

E-IR is an independent non-profit publisher run by an all volunteer team. Your donations allow us to invest in new open access titles and pay our bandwidth bills to ensure we keep our existing titles free to view. Any amount, in any currency, is appreciated. Many thanks!

Donations are voluntary and not required to download the e-book - your link to download is below.


Get our weekly email