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.
Tiananmen Square, Beijing (July, 2018); photo by Stone Shi

China’s Urgent Need For Pro-Natalist Population Policies

To eliminate any limit on births and to adopt a pronatalist birth policy with various incentives to childbearing, like in those developed countries, is the best and urgent choice for China.
A tangle of wires on a back street in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, April 2018

What Trump’s ZTE Tweets Tell Us About China And The Bigger Issue Of A...

In this high-stakes game of trade poker, Donald Trump doesn’t particularly want to break ZTE–but Xi Jinping very much wants to preserve it.
Cherry blossoms in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, April 2018

Why Kim And Trump Both Stand To Win In Historic US – North Korea...

All signs are that Kim wants a deal–a deal that could make his country (and his dynasty) more stable, more secure and potentially much richer.
A view of the city wall of Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, April 2018

Why There Will Be No Trade War Between The US And China

Xi and Trump are unconventional leaders who are willing to push the limits to get what they want.