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Great Power? China Rages Incoherently at Japan and Video Games

Great Power? China Rages Incoherently at Japan and Video Games

China presumes “great power” status for itself equal to the United States. What has China done recently to demonstrate its readiness for such a role? It has raged incoherently at Japan for a modest increase in military spending and accused a video game of “cultural aggression” against China. In response to China’s saber-rattling in the […]

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Tear Down This Firewall: Challenging Internet Censorship in China

Tear Down This Firewall: Challenging Internet Censorship in China

Chinese government censorship is a core concern for democracy promotion efforts in China. All media in China, including newspapers, television, and the internet, are strictly controlled by the Chinese government for the very purpose of preventing democracy promotion. There may be little that democracy advocates can do to challenge the government’s control over traditional domestic […]

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Ambassador Nominee Baucus a Strong U.S. Hand in China

Ambassador Nominee Baucus a Strong U.S. Hand in China

The Obama administration has announced that it will nominate outgoing Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana) to replace Gary Locke as the new U.S. ambassador to China. Baucus is seen as a strong U.S. hand in Beijing, The New York Times observes, owing to his efforts to reduce trade barriers between China and the United States, and […]

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Congress Responds to China’s Crackdown on U.S. Journalists: Will It Be Enough?

Congress Responds to China’s Crackdown on U.S. Journalists: Will It Be Enough?

As detailed in my previous post on this topic, some two dozen U.S. journalists currently face expulsion from China for investigative reporting on the personal wealth and financial ties of top Chinese government officials. This follows a pattern of  harassment including the expulsion of at least three American journalists since 2012 for reporting critical of […]

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China’s Crackdown on Western Journalists: How Should America Respond?

China’s Crackdown on Western Journalists: How Should America Respond?

Not content with controlling and censoring its own domestic news media, the Chinese government seeks also to restrict international media coverage of China. The methods Beijing employs for this purpose include political and economic pressure on Western news media, cyber-attacks on Western news websites, and harassment or expulsion of Western journalists in China. Visa denials […]

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Mark C. Eades
Mark C. Eades

Mark C. Eades is an Asia-based writer, educator, and independent researcher. Located in Shanghai, China from 2009 to 2015, he now splits his time between the United States and various locations in Asia. He has spent a total of seven years in China since his first visit in 1991, and has taught at Fudan University, Shanghai International Studies University, and in the private sector in Shanghai. He is also widely traveled throughout East and Southeast Asia. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and a Master of Arts in Humanities from San Francisco State University with extensive coursework in Asia-Pacific studies. His previous publications include articles on China and Sino-US relations in U.S. News & World Report, Asia Times, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, and Atlantic Community. Twitter: @MC_Eades

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