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Chinese flag as seen from the city wall of Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, April 2018

Wake Up Australia! The World Is Seeking Your Guidance

We need to align ourselves with other transparent independent democracies, so that the Australian way of life, our intellectual freedom and our multi-cultural lifestyles are safeguarded for future generations.

China’s Success in Fighting COVID-19 in Rural Areas

Whether the Chinese experience in combating COVID-19 and containing the disastrous spread of this pandemic in rural areaa is applicable to other countries remains to be seen.

The Coronavirus Epidemic May Mark the End of China’s Economic Miracle, but When Did...

By this time next year, China's economic statistics will probably be looking even more ridiculously unlikely. Maybe even the Western media will stop believing them.

One Is The Loneliest Number

Alibaba's Singles Day shopping bonanza has hijacked Remembrance Day for half the world.
Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. Photo: Stone Shi.

1989: China’s Second What If

What if the Tiananmen Square protests had flipped China to democracy in 1989?
Main Quadrangle, University of Sydney

We Are Normal Students Striving For A Better University Life

Great climate, intense academic atmosphere, and natural scenery: there are countless reasons for us to fall in love with Australia. But we are still looking for challenges to make our university careers more meaningful. And we think we have found the solution: serving the students on campus.
Comparison of China's GDP per capita growth trajectory with those of South Korea and Taiwan (data: IMF and PWT)

China Celebrates 40 Years Of Returning To Form

Xi Jinping has called China's process of reform and opening "a great revolution in the history of the Chinese people and the Chinese nation," but mostly it represents a return to the pre-1949 normal.
China Top 100 Ultra-Rich Distribution (Source: author’s calculations based on data from Forbes China Rich lists); Credit: Stone Shi

The Great Divide Between China’s Rich And Poor

China’s wealthiest 100 individuals have more wealth than the poorest two-fifths of the country’s population combined. The country also needs to offer equal social benefits and educational opportunities for all of its citizens.
Migrant Workers in China. Photo credit: Feng Cai (枫彩) via Wikimedia

New Semester, No Schools

For some migrant workers’ kids, now they have to choose between moving back to their hometowns, or stopping attending schools as usual.
A Chinese garden in Hong Kong, July 2008 (Photo: Stone Shi)

Why Confucius Institutes Are Good For Democracy

Many Western universities are rethinking their initial enthusiasm for hosting Chinese Confucius Institutes, but they should recognize that public diplomacy cuts both ways.