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Going it alone – the lives of China’s single people

Duncan Bartlett, China in Context Podcast – 13 April 2021 Duncan Bartlett, Research Associate at SOAS China Institute and Editor of Asian Agenda, hosts the China in Context podcast which offers expert insight into the politics and culture of China, as well as Chinese international affairs. For episode 10 he discusses the changing attitudes of…

Iran’s Zarif indicates that Iran hopes to balance Russia and China

Seth J. Frantzman, The Jerusalem Post – 5 April 2021 Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency about power shifts from the West to the East and why Iran must, as a result, work more closely with Russia and China. This article in The Jerusalem Post analyses the main points from the…

China-Iran 25-year deal not aimed at any country: Iranian envoy

Xie Wenting, Global Times – 15 April 2021 A Global Times reporter, the Chinese tabloid newspaper under the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Daily, Xie Wenting interviewed the Iranian Ambassador to China, Mohammad Keshavarzzadeh, on issues concerning the 25-year cooperation agreement. Keshavarzzadeh stated “Western countries still have the leverage to extend their colonial domination through the…

The Quad’s importance to India’s strategic autonomy

C. Raja Mohen, The Indian Express – 16 March 2021 The Indian Express reports on the importance of India’s participation in The Quad to the country’s strategic autonomy. The article also discusses the opposing view from The Global Times, the Chinese newspaper for international affairs, that India will lose this strategic autonomy by moving further…

Aggressive sea control isn’t an option for India’s navy

Abhijit Singh, The Interpreter – 17 March 2021 From sea denial to sea control, Abhijit Singh of The Interpreter details a debate among the news source’s writers of which maritime strategy India should choose to signal resolve to China in the Indian Ocean. Read the full article here.

Being a Woman

Nicole Cruickshank, Asia Scotland Institute – 7 March 2021 On International Women’s Day, we can reflect on an issue that I have only just begun to battle with in my early twenty’s – conflicting identities as a result of gender perceptions. Illustrating this issue are two Asian women with conflicting identities who have inspired me.…

Acclaimed Chinese-born writer tackles feminism and sex

Humphrey Hawksley, Nikkei Asia – 3 March 2021 Passionate about women’s rights, Chinese-born novelist and British citizen Hong Ying has written historical fictional novels with themes of feminism and racy sex, and has also written an autobiography detailing the struggles of growing up in an unstable household during China’s Cultural Revolution. Her fascinating life and…

China’s Electric Vehicle Market Powers Up

Aidan Gilbert, University of Edinburgh – 28 February 2021 Seeing explosive growth in the last few years, the electric car industry is booming. As governments around the world make the legislative push to phase out fossil fuels, electric vehicles (or EVs for short) are looking certain to be the automotive success story of the 2020s…

Post-Brexit UK trade strategy needs to engage China

Ken Heydon, East Asia Forum – 24 February 2021 This article by Ken Heydon in East Asia Forum describes why it is important not for the UK to go down the containment route for China, rather the UK should accept and seek to profit from China’s economic success as a means of ensuring success in…