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Chinese pandas receive VIP welcome in Berlin

BERLIN: Chinese panda bears Jiao Qing and Meng Meng were welcomed to their new home in Berlin on Saturday (June 24). The two gigantic pandas are set to be the new star attraction of Berlin Zoo, with German officials set to pay Beijing US$1 million per year over 15 years to host them, with most of ....

The ‘Perfect Police State’ is Emerging in Xinjiang

Tom Phillips at The Guardian reports that Xinjiang is experiencing an unprecedented security surge following the appointment of Chen Quanguo as the Party Secretary of the Uyghur autonomous region. Chen’s surge has led to an exponential increase in the presence of security forces and the creat...

The U.S., China, and the ‘Thucydides Trap’

In his book “Destined for War: Can American and China Escape the Thucydides’s Trap,” released earlier this year, Harvard Kennedy School professor and political scientist Graham Allison coined a term to describe war deriving from the fear that an established power holds in the face ...

Liang Jing: Issues Raised by the Guo Wengui Affair

Armed with his Twitter and YouTube accounts and a collection of corruption allegations against top Party, business, and media leaders in China, exiled billionaire Guo Wengui has for months been engaged in a heated publicity battle with Beijing. Guo, also known by the name Miles Kwok, is a real est...

China Buying International Silence on Human Rights

Last week offered one demonstration of the application of China’s growing economic leverage to political ends with the transfer of diplomatic recognition by Taiwan’s longstanding ally Panama from Taipei to Beijing. (Read more on the shift in a subsequent ChinaFile discussion.) This week ...