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  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Bertram Lang;
    Publisher: GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Germany; National Institute of Chinese Studies (NICS) of the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC), United Kingdom

    How do authoritarian governments learn? What kind of events and experiences can lead them to adopt more or less restrictive policies towards social actors? And, how are such lessons from others’ experiences integrated into new policies? These questions have been address...

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Aleksandra Kubat;
    Publisher: GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Germany; National Institute of Chinese Studies (NICS) of the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC), United Kingdom

    Taking as an example Xi Jinping’s use of the phrase “excellent traditional culture” (优秀传统文化, youxiu chuantong wenhua), this article looks at the construction of a centrally sanctioned narrative of traditional Chinese culture in resources produced within the Party school...

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Yuanyuan Liu; Newcastle University;
    Publisher: GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Germany; National Institute of Chinese Studies (NICS) of the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC), United Kingdom

    Since Xi Jinping took office as General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, he has been tightening ideological control across many fronts. This article investigates how the framing of televised confessions facilitates Xi’s rule. Originating from the intra-Party di...

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Heike Holbig; GIGA Institute of Asian Studies and Goethe University Frankfurt;
    Publisher: GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Germany; National Institute of Chinese Studies (NICS) of the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC), United Kingdom

    In late 2017, the Chinese Communist Party proclaimed the “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.” Most observers interpreted this step as just another update of the party’s ideological canon to accommodate Xi’s ambition to increase h...

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Jérôme Doyon;
    Publisher: GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Germany; National Institute of Chinese Studies (NICS) of the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC), United Kingdom

    Since Xi Jinping took power in late 2012, analysts have puzzled over how best to define his political trajectory. Is he consolidating power and building a personality cult around himself, or is he strengthen-ing the Party as an organisation? I tackle this issue by focus...

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Dylan M. H. Loh; Cambridge University and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore;
    Publisher: GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Germany; National Institute of Chinese Studies (NICS) of the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC), United Kingdom

    This article outlines how Xi Jinping has exercised control over diplomatic actors, particularly China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and draws out the effects of this control for the ministry and for Chinese foreign policy. Leveraging Bourdieu’s (1984) concept of “field...

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Phil Entwistle; Perrett Laver, London office;
    Publisher: GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Germany; National Institute of Chinese Studies (NICS) of the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC), United Kingdom

    Introduction to Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 3/2018: State and Society under Xi Jinping

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Lutgard Lams; KU Leuven Campus Brussels; Wei-lun Lu; Masaryk University;
    Publisher: GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Germany; National Institute of Chinese Studies (NICS) of the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC), United Kingdom

    The study adopts a critical discourse analysis approach to Chiang Kai-shek’s (CKS) internal nationalist propaganda and authoritarian discourse practices, investigating his New Year and National Day speeches in the 1950s. Authoritarian characteristics are evident in stra...

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Hsiao-Chiao Chiu; University of Edinburgh;
    Publisher: GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Germany; National Institute of Chinese Studies (NICS) of the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC), United Kingdom

    This article uses the life stories of three women in Jinmen to demonstrate women’s economic agency in bettering the livelihood of their families in circumstances largely shaped by Cold War geopolitics and the authoritarian state’s military strategies. It argues that wom...

  • Open Access English
    Authors: 
    Isabelle Cheng; Táňa Dluhošová;
    Publisher: GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Germany; National Institute of Chinese Studies (NICS) of the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC), United Kingdom

    Introduction to Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 2/2018: The Making and Operation of Everyday Authoritarianism in Taiwan during the Cold War