Upcoming Seminars and Events

The China-US Trade war

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

The latest development in the China-US trade war is the mobilising of allies by the United States to accuse Huawei Corporation of misconduct of intellectual property in an apparent attempt to contain China. It was expected that more countries would stand with the United States on this issue. For China, it certainly cannot afford to antagonise the United States. In recent rounds of negotiations, the United States suggested sending officials to China to oversee the implementation of the deal they have reached, indicating the harsh US position on the trade war. Not surprisingly, China did not accept the suggestion despite the tremendous concessions and promises made.

Communication and Political Culture in China: The Case of the Song Dynasty

11 March 2019

During the Song dynasty, the anxiety to acquire sufficient and accurate information existed among the central government, local officials of all levels, as well as among the common people. This anxiety led to the creation of various communication channels within the government. The vigorous interactions between these communication channels and existing political institutions configured a unique political culture of the time. In her talk, Professor Deng Xiaonan, director of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at Peking University, explored three types of communication channels within the Song political system and discussed their underlying problems.

IDEOLOGIES IN CHINESE CYBERSPACE

SHAN Wei & GU Yongxin, 30 January 2019

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has taken considerable efforts at unifying ideology. Yet ideologies in Chinese society are far from unified, especially in online debates. There are 10 over ideological clusters in Chinese cyberspace. Politically, netizens debate on whether the country should maintain the authoritarian system. Economically, debates are around the role of the state in economy. In foreign relations, netizens hold different views on nationalism. The diversified ideologies are a product of increasing heterogeneity of Chinese society. Globalisation and internet economy are also factors. Vibrant pop culture has facilitated netizens’ political expressions. Ideologies are rarely incited in offline collective action and therefore not a direct threat to the regime. As the CCP has reinforced ideological control, the sustainability of ideological diversity is still in question.

ISLAM IN CHINA: “PAN-HALALFICATION” AND ISLAMOPHOBIA

SHAN Wei & Ryan HO, 30 January 2019

The “Pan-Halal” tendency in China in recent years refers to the phenomenon of food and services which traditionally are not halal becoming halal. This has increasingly generated heated Chinese online debate, inciting islamophobic sentiments from certain segments of the Han Chinese population. The rise of social media today has further stimulated Islamophobia among certain segments of the Han Chinese. As a result of this, the Chinese government has sought to deal with the “pan-halal” tendencies and Islamophobia with repressive control as they seek to promote national unity and do not tolerate behaviours that may lead to ethnic tensions.

Latest Publications

East Asian Policy

Volume 11, No 1, Jan/Mar 2019

China: An International Journal

Volume 17, No 1, February 2019

China’s Development: Social Investment and Challenges

by ZHAO Litao