All posts tagged: Hu Jintao

Cultural Power Battle Threads

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Art / China / Chinese communist party / Cultural Politics / EU-East Asia relations / Sino-German Relations / U.S.-China Relations / 新闻自由

– The Telegraph reports in alarmist fashion about Hu Jintao warning, as the newspaper headline puts it, of “cultural warfare from the West” – A closer examination of the story indicates that Hu Jintao’s “battle cry,” above, was a speech given on October 18, 2011, that was republished yesterday in the preemminent journal for CCP theory, Qiushi (Seeking Truth / 求是). In fact most of the speech is not at all about the West, but the […]

Celebrating the National Day Holiday Week in the PRC

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China / Chinese communist party / Cultural Politics / East Asian modernity / Huanqiu Shibao

Just when you think that China has completely exhausted its capacity to surprise you, the hard-line foreign policy tabloid Huanqiu Shibao sends a reporter to cover an S & M-themed show at an International Exhibition in a second-tier city like Zhengzhou, Henan, where apparently, if the face of the little old man at the foot of the stage is any indication, the show brought much joy and proof of China’s internationalism to the masses. Given […]

Assessing U.S.-China Competition After the Hu Jintao Visit

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American Foreign Policy / China / Chinese communist party / Chinese nationalism / German / U.S.-China Relations

What follows is a straight-up reading of Matthias Nass’ op-ed in Die Zeit recalibrating the US-China relationship, with special reference to debt and national security, and Hu Jintao in Washington. In general, the message is one wherein China dominates, but the execution of the points is, at least, interesting to me, and most everything (with the exception of the last minute, which I’m working on later), is annotated for English speakers. Link to the reading. […]

North Korea Notes

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American Foreign Policy / Cultural Politics / East Asian modernity / Hip-hop / history and memory / Huanqiu Shibao / North Korea / North Korean border region / Sino-North Korean relations / US-North Korea relations

The Hu-Obama Summit has already been subjected to some of the most intense lobbying pressures known to man.  From big business to human rights groups to the defense hawks in both countries, both executives have probably had it up to their ears (or, in Hu’s case, his lengthening and positively Cheneyewque jowls) with being pushed to push his counterpart on a given issue.  This being the case, it’s unlikely that a few truly remarkably-timed stories […]

Chinese Troops in North Korea?

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China / French / Huanqiu Shibao / Manchuria / North Korean border region / Sino-North Korean relations / Yanbian

On the eve of Hu Jintao’s visit to Washington, D.C., the Chosun Ilbo releases an explosive report that Chinese troops have moved into the Rason Special Economic Zone on Korea’s northeastern tip.   I just posted a rather extensive comment on this story on the One Free Korea site, the contents of which I won’t mirror here, except to add that according to this translation of a Huanqiu Shibao reporter’s story resulting from a trip […]

Drop That: Cruising the Xinhua Bookstores in Lhasa

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China / Chinese Avant-Garde / Cultural Politics

About forty minutes before I was due to vacate downtown Lhasa, I scampered across town over to the largest Xinhua bookstore (naturally, it was right across from the Tibet Autonomous Region Party Committee Headquarters, the nerve center of political power in Tibet).  There I found a few things: collections of Mao’s writings about Tibet, a new text based on reminiscences of an old Guomindang cadre in Tibet about Lhasa from 1944-1949, a hefty tome with […]