Author: josh rudolph

Josh Rudolph currently lives in Vancouver, where he recently finished an MA at the Institute of Asian Research at UBC. His thematic focus is on Asia Pacific Policy and media representations of Asian culture, society and religion, while his main geopolitical interest lies in China.
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Exploring a New Role: Peacemaker in Afghanistan

Over the past two years, China has been slowly increasing its engagement with Afghanistan, a diplomatic move important to Beijing for both economic and security reasons. As the U.S. and NATO begin to wind down military presence in the war-torn country, the threat of Taliban insurgency is rebounding—while China has said it won’t send troops into Afghanistan, Beijing

January 14, 2015

Zhou Youguang’s 109th Birthday Wish: Democracy

Chinese linguist Zhou Youguang, also known as the “father of pinyin” for his work in developing the official phonetic transcription system of the PRC, turned 109 on January 13. Long an outspoken voice for political reform in China, in an interview with AFP’s Tom Hancock he declared his continued hope that China move towards democracy: “After

January 13, 2015

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