Category: China

The Rise of Reactionaries: An End to Ideological Politics?

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Seventeen years ago, the twenty-first century was given a rousing reception, seen as the harbinger of hopeful times in the West after the fall of the Soviet Union. Since then, unrelenting reference has been made to the implications of the…

Chinese Global Ambitions After the US Election

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2014 in The Hague

Global uncertainty has reached exceptional levels following the election of Donald Trump as president of the world’s most powerful country. He has promised a withdrawal from multilateral trade institutions and partnerships like NAFTA or WTO, denounced European free-riding on US military contributions…

Iran’s “Silk Road” to Recovery

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In response to the recent U.S. House of Representatives’ vote to extend American sanctions on Iran for 10 more years, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei stated that Iran would retaliate if the legislation, known as the Iran Sanctions Extension Act…

The Precarious Position of Hong Kong’s Sovereignty

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On October 12, two young legislators from Hong Kong, Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching, used their Legislative Council oath-taking ceremony as an opportunity to denounce China and promote their pro-independent Hong Kong sentiments. During the mandatory ceremony before sitting on…

Xi Jinping Gains the Status of China’s “Core Leader”

Three weeks ago the 6th annual plenum of the 18th Chinese Central Committee was held in Beijing. Due to their highly political nature, these secretive meetings, often held behind closed-doors, are systematically subject to heavy speculations. This gathering of 25…

Beyond Whitewashing: Marvel’s Erasure of Tibet in Doctor Strange Supports Cultural Genocide

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Tilda Swinton’s casting of The Ancient One for Marvel’s most recent release Doctor Strange is mostly presented as another example of Hollywood’s habit of whitewashing Asian characters in films. This time the issue extends far beyond that, and this is…