All posts filed under: Beijing

Bypassing Beijing? North Korean Foreign Relations in April and May

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Beijing / Chinese communist party / Chinese foreign policy / Kim Jong-un / Kim Jong-un health / North Korea / North Korea foreign relations / Sino-North Korean relations / US Department of State / US-North Korea relations

Responding with appropriately prepared shock to the 15 April rocket launch, assessing the crescendo to the big Party Congress in early May in Pyongyang, adding to the noise over the defection of “the Ningbo 13,” and spreading rumours of a fifth nuclear test: all of these activities take time and effort. Get ready for North Korea's counterpropaganda offensive about the #Ningbo13. It starts w/ CNN interviews — Adam Cathcart (@adamcathcart) April 21, 2016 Even […]

Distant Proximity: China and the North Korean Human Rights Catastrophe

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Beijing / Borderlands / China / North Korea / North Korea foreign relations / Sino-North Korean relations

Beijing is a long way from North Korea.  Border crossing points between China and the DPRK remain open, but the potentially fastest and ‘game-changing’ of these is blocked at present, clogged up with estuary mud and the slow hatreds of bureaucratic inaction. Chinese trains that blaze up and down the northeast have yet to reach the North Korean frontier. But when they do arrive, panting with the heat and speed of a new era, there […]

Anti-Japanese Protests in Beijing, and the History of Diaoyu Protests

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Beijing / Chinese nationalism / history and memory / Huanqiu Shibao / Japan / Sino-Japanese Relations

Three suitably breathless Global Times articles and photo galleries are linked below, but for a sane appraisal of at least part of what is going on, I recommend MIT professor M. Taylor Fravel’s September 15 article.  Respectively, the articles below deal with the protests in Beijing, Ferraris at the protests in Beijing, and the newly-publicized “40-year social movement” to protect Diaoyu/Senkakus with liberal borrowing from Taiwan’s archives.  Unfortunately, none of this seems to get at what […]

Orchestrating Changes on the Multi-Front Electronic Struggle

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Beijing / Cello / EU-East Asia relations / history and memory / Huanqiu Shibao / Public Diplomacy / Sino-Japanese Relations / Soft Power

Recapitulation |  After a solid run of 32 months, the academic weblog Sinologistical Violoncellist has reached its logical conclusion. Since beginning in April 2009, this sole-authored website has been cited in some excellent venues for East Asia news and analysis, including the (web) pages of The Atlantic, Harper’s and The Economist, and   I’ve been fortunate to have been quoted in newspapers like the Portland Oregonian and journals like Foreign Policy, and to have had interviews with reporters […]


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Beijing / Cello

Virtually nothing was posted in January because I was parted from my main axe in Seattle; she needed work, and I needed time to teach and lecture and write, here and in London.  Now the sphere turns and all things return into my waiting hands: the cello, the bow, the black keyboard.  And a microphone awaits as well.  And thus this Bach, raw, an initial foray, yet representing (I can suppose, having been the vehicle) […]

The Problem with Cultural Relations…

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Beijing / Cultural Politics / U.S.-China Relations

…is fairly described by the New York Times in Beijing, where a post-performance discussion of an American-company-led drama about the Pentagon Papers and government secrecy was cancelled. Next up with this topic is for us to here take up Ezra Vogel’s treatment (in a text which, in its overall voluminousness, exemplifies the notion of writing as a kind of maintained physique whose restless forward motion only occasionally bypasses a topics so plainly and potentially consequential […]

Reevaluating Ai Weiwei: Guest Commentary

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Art / Beijing / Chinese Avant-Garde / Cultural Politics

This guest posting comes from the sizzling keyboard of Paul Manfredi, head of the Chinese Studies Program at Pacific Lutheran University and the author of China Avant Garde, one of the Internet’s best analytical stops for insights into the Chinese contemporary art scene.  Manfredi’s blog is a rich blend of image and word, and highly recommended.  My apologies, by the way, to readers for taking so long to post this essay which I received several […]