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Rational Patriotism in the (Canned) Air

Recycling tycoon Chen Guangbiao leapt into action after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, travelling to Japan to distribute food, blankets and good wishes from China, and personally—according to one Chinese newspaper—pulling three...

The Limits of Disaster Diplomacy

While many, such as The Atlantic’s Max Fisher, saw in the Japanese earthquake a golden opportunity for China to expand its influence, The Diplomat’s China Power blog argues that “disaster diplomacy” could...

Japan: Thank You For The ‘Kizuna’

The People’s Daily carried a letter of thanks from Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on April 11th, one month after the Sendai earthquake. Kan expressed gratitude for the ‘Kizuna’ (“bonds of...

After the Salt Rush, Nuclear Fears Remain

Although Chinese authorities are still comitted to nuclear power, public fears about the technology remain heightened, as the New York Times reports: The salt panic, plus a surge in online voices opposing plans to build dozens...

Man Jailed for Spreading Radiation Rumors

A man in Zhejiang has been jailed for ten days and fined 500 yuan for allegedly spreading rumors that the water off the coast of China was contaminated by radiation from the Japanese nuclear plants. From Reuters: Authorities in...

Fukushima Overshadows China’s Nuclear Expansion

The situation at the Fukushima power plants has cast a shadow over China’s planned expansion of nuclear power. From a New York Times opinion piece: Japan now has 54 nuclear reactors, ranking third in terms of energy output...

Chinese Billionaire Joins Japan Relief Effort

While Beijing extends a helping hand to Japan, the Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report describes the private relief efforts of one of China’s richest men: Chen Guangbiao, a 42-year-old billionaire and chief executive of...

China Acts Fast In Aiding Japan Post-Earthquake

NPR reports on China’s response to the earthquake, tsunami and looming nuclear disaster in Japan: China has acted fast, sending disaster relief and organizing the evacuation of its own citizens from the disaster zone. This...

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