Day: December 7, 2009

“Red Princess” at the Debutante Ball, Paris

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Chinese communist party / Sino-French Relations

Le Figaro‘s always-divergent China blog carries a high-society/CCP mash-up with a recent entry regarding Jasmine Li, the youngest daughter of Jia Qinglin,  No. 4 in the Party hierarchy and one of the nine permanent members of the CCP Politburo.   Jasmine Li, following in the footsteps of other “red princes” (wealthy scions of the revolutionary elite), spent last weekend at the Bal du Debutantes in the Hôtel de Crillon, on the rue Royale in Paris. […]

December 7 in Chongqing

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Chinese nationalism / East Asian modernity / Environmental Politics in East Asia / Japan / Sino-Japanese Relations / U.S.-China Relations / US-Japan relations / World War II

This morning I gave one of those lectures I enjoy delivering because it wakes people up and reconnects me with my Sino-Japanese research: a survey of aerial bombing of civilian populations during World War II (1937-1945). In the context of a class already primed for war crimes research studying the Rape of Nanking through the galvanizing lens of Iris Chang, it is important to broaden the scope of the inquiry, asking “Was there in fact […]

North Korea Freezes Tourism from China

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North Korean border region / Sino-North Korean relations

Just when you thought the Sino-North Korean relationship was back to its apparently solid traditional footing — after all, were not the kisses fresh on the cheeks of the generals with big hats? — North Korea announces that it is freezing tourist visits from China as of December 10. Reassurances were given that PRC citizens currently in the DPRK would have no problems and could complete their tours. Given the fanfare with which the Sino-North […]