- Nicole Bonnah , Journalist and Documentarian in Beijing
Nov 01 , 2016African migration to China is only half of the story: what of the black experience in China—a country whose doors have been closed for the better part of the last century, and has only recently allowed for more foreigners to take up temporary, and in rare cases permanent residence, in the most populous nation on the planet?
- Curtis S. Chin , Former U.S. Ambassador to Asian Development Bank
Jose B. Collazo ,
Oct 31 , 2016Curtis S. Chin and Jose B. Collazo detail the challenge of stolen art and artifacts from Asian countries, outlining the ways the U.S. and China can cooperate to prevent illicit trade and promote the return of stolen antiquities. They emphasize educating the public on the importance of protecting Asia’s culture and history, strengthening and enforcing government laws on the issue, and calling upon the region’s museums, private galleries, and art dealers to help prevent illicit trade through cooperative transnational enforcement, and new technology to track an artifact’s provenance. The importance of tracking the art trade is made particularly important as private wealth has increased. Along with growing interest in collecting have come renewed concerns over connections to “blood antiquities” and illicit trade.
- Philip Cunningham , Visiting research fellow, Cornell University, New York
Oct 28 , 2016Jack Ma made his fortune in online retail, while Wang Jianlin got rich in real estate. Now, both turn their gaze to Hollywood. Their battle for influence is one of those larger-than-life sized conflicts, perfect for reality TV, if not the silver screen.
- Nathaniel Ahrens , Executive Director, American Mandarin Society and Director of China Affairs, University of Maryland
Oct 06 , 2016Language is more than just a tool: it is a framework through which we assess and engage with the world. As the Chinese language skills of Americans atrophy, so too does the ability of these Americans to effectively understand developments, motivations, and situations in China.
- Zhai Kun , Professor, Peking University
Sep 14 , 2016China and the US should seize the development opportunity in the coming 25 years to expand and strengthen young people’s friendship circles in the Asia Pacific, thus enhancing mutual understanding among countries through exchanges in a multilateral framework.
- Franz-Stefan Gady , Associate Editor, Diplomat
Jul 27 , 2016How might a Chinese intelligence analyst explain the United States’ obsession with firearms? Franz-Stefan Gady begins by analyzing its historical origin tied to a national myth. High-profile mass-shootings, paired with a growing discontent with the ruling elite, and the continuous exploitation of American history by powerful civil liberty interest groups, will induce a knee-jerk reaction among Americans that it will be the gun rather than the law that will ultimately protect them from harm.
- The entire democratic system in the U.S. has been set up with the goal of defending minority rights. But in China, most people don’t see minority and majority interests as inherently in conflict, nor a need for minorities to separate themselves from the larger group.
- Carola McGiffert , CEO, US-China Strong Foundation
Jul 06 , 2016In 2014, more than 300,000 Chinese students are enrolled in colleges and universities in the U.S., while only 25,000 American college students studied in China that same year. The US-China Strong Foundation is expanding its mission to increase the number and diversity of U.S. students studying in China and learning Chinese so that future generations manage the bilateral relationship smartly and effectively.
- Brahma Chellaney , Professor, Center for Policy Research
Jul 05 , 2016The global war on terror, now almost a generation old, will never be won with treacherous allies, such as jihadist rebels and Islamist rulers. Rather, stemming the spread of the Islamist ideology, which has fostered “jihad factories” and threatens the security of countries as diverse as the U.S. and China, holds the key to containing terrorism.
- Kemel Toktomushev , Research Fellow, University of Central Asia
Jul 05 , 2016Sport may emerge as one of those solutions that foster inter-cultural understanding between China and Central Asian states without being vigorously criticized for hidden political agendas. Sport has the potential to transcend socially constructed borders and divisions because it embodies a universal medium of communication.