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The Myths That Bind Beijing and Washington

At The Globe and Mail, Andrew Steele argues that the national identities of China and the USA are underpinned by complex—and similar—mythologies: According to the official history, China is the world’s oldest...

Ian Buruma: Battling the Information Barbarians

In the Wall Street Journal, Ian Buruma writes about Google vs. China and the history of information control in China: Thought control, in terms of imposing an official orthodoxy, is a very old tradition. The official glue that...

Martin Jacques: A New Sun Rises in the East

Martin Jacques writes in the New Statesman: Apart from its extraordinary longevity and bursts of efflorescent invention, the most striking feature of Chinese history is the fact that while Europe, following the fall of the Roman...

Chang Ping: Truths And Illusions About Self-Identity

From EastSouthWestNorth blog, translated by Roland Soong: The nationalist feelings that have been rising and falling in recent years reflect the anxiety of the Chinese people over their self-identity. Our anxiety is causing the...

HK Row Sparks Patriotism Debate

From BBC News: Over coffee, a woman explained to her friend that her husband spent every summer in Canada, where they had a house, while her daughter was in Australia at university. She kept the apartment in Hong Kong, where her...

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