Imperialism

Taiwanese Perspectives Overlooked on Pelosi Visit

In the lead-up to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan this week, much of the Western media coverage was saturated with dramatic speculation about the prospect of war and other Chinese government retaliation....

China Embraces Russia, Remains Noncommittal Over Mediator Role

China’s friendship with Ukraine is “rock solid,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters during an annual Two Sessions press conference. “No matter how perilous the international landscape, we will maintain our strategic...

Kin of Last Chinese Emperor Hold Reunion

Descendents of China’s last emperor Puyi gathered in Beijing on Thursday to mark the publication of a new series of books. Barbara Demick at The Los Angeles Times details the family’s memories of Puyi and their rocky...

Isabel Hilton: Will China Implode?

Isabel Hilton writes on The Daily Beast that the recent unrest in Tibet and Xinjiang marks an empire in crisis: There is a story that the Chinese government likes to tell: that China is the world’s oldest continuous, unchanging...

Rumbles on the Rim of China’s Empire

An article in the New York Times and an editorial in the Washington Post look at accusations that Beijing acts as a colonizer in Xinjiang, and resentment of that role led to last weekend’s riots. From the Times’...

Biography of Last Chinese Eunuch Reveals a Tumultuous Life

The Los Angeles Times reviews “The Last Eunuch of China: The Life of Sun Yaoting,” who was castrated at age 8 and served the wife of the last emperor, Puyi: Sun was unusual: Inspired by an older eunuch from his...

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