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Beijing Dismisses Former Maldivian President’s Claims

Responding to questions about a recent claim by the exiled former President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed that China is “buying up” the island nation’s land, infrastructure, and sovereignty, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang yesterday dismissed the accusations as “total...

People of the Week: The Feminist Five

CDT is expanding its wiki beyond the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon to include short biographies of public intellectuals, cartoonists, human rights activists, and other people pushing for change in China. The wiki is a work in progress. 女权五姐妹 The Feminist Five Prior to the release of the fi...

Martin Hála on CEFC and CCP Influence in Eastern Europe

Martin Hála is the founder and director of Project Sinopsis, a joint project between AcaMedia and the Institute of East Asian Studies at Charles University in Prague that seeks to inform the Czech public about China and its burgeoning role in the region. Hála is a sinologist who has studied in Pra...

Europe Responds to China’s Growing Influence

Chinese government influence over the political, media, and academic institutions in foreign countries, especially Australia, has garnered much international attention in recent years. Less attention has been paid to China’s actions in Europe, but a recent report by Germany’s Mercator ...

HK Democrats Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong and other leaders of the 2014 Hong Kong democracy movement were last week nominated for the Nobel peace prize by a bipartisan group of 12 U.S. lawmakers. Twenty-one-year-old Wong, who is now the first peace prize nominee from Hong Kong, is curre...

China Aims For AIIB Founding By Year-End

Initially proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit held in Bali last October, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is reportedly likely to be established with an operating capital of $100 billion within the year. The AIIB was a hot topic of ...

Journalists Respond to FCCC Survey’s Dismissal

This week, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China issued the results of its annual survey, which indicated that "from an already very low baseline, reporting conditions are getting worse." In response, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters at a press briefing t...

Pope Francis Likely to Sign Deal on Chinese Bishops

According to a Vatican source, a deal between the Holy See and Beijing on the appointment of Catholic bishops in China is ready, and could be signed by Pope Francis in the coming months. This news comes over a year after the Pope declared optimism on warming relations with China, which itself came m...