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Commentaries by Philip Cunningham

Philip Cunningham

Independent Scholar

Philip J. Cunningham has worked in television and film in China and Japan since 1986. His latest book, “Tiananmen Moon: 25th Anniversary Edition,” was published in 2014.
  • Nov 11, 2022

    The nature of scholar-to-scholar exchange between Chinese and American academics and students has evolved over the years. But as bilateral relations between China and the U.S. continue to deteriorate, it’s important to consider thoughts from past Chinese scholars who spent time in the U.S. And if we want to experience any kind of diplomatic breakthrough, we must remember that we’re often blinded by what our own society deems as right.

  • Oct 14, 2022

    The last few years have shown us that it’s perhaps more important than ever to take the time to seek out truth before jumping to conclusions about complicated issues. Some scholars like Jeffrey Sachs are asking the hard questions to find the truth - and they shouldn’t be scrutinized or discredited when some of their conclusions overlap with Beijing.

  • Oct 03, 2022

    The now ceased-China Initiative ushered in the resurgence of questioning the loyalty of foreign scientists and scholars. And similar to past outcomes, the U.S. has lost many brilliant minds that were working to contribute to the global good at our companies and universities.

  • Sep 19, 2022

    NASA has made stellar achievements. But as cooperation both internally and internationally have decreased, among rocket launch setbacks, it may be time for the U.S. to look to China for advice.

  • Sep 06, 2022

    Not all conflict can be avoided through better understanding, but promoting cultural exchange is a great place to start mending relations. And as China-U.S. relations spiral, promoting study abroad opportunities, many seeking to return to normal after the pandemic, is perhaps more important than ever before.

  • Aug 10, 2022

    It’s imperative that the new “low” in U.S.-China relations doesn’t become the new normal. And understanding the historical connotations of the relationship, particularly regarding Taiwan, is imperative for paving the way for a better, more diplomatic future.

  • Jul 25, 2022

    The news of Shinzo Abe’s assassination rocked the world for a brief moment, and opened the doors for some unseemly reactions from China’s public, but within the context of Sino-Japanese history one may have expected worse.

  • Jul 13, 2022

    A great deal of America’s public diplomacy can be traced back to the government, so why is there such a stigma about Confucius Institutes?

  • Jun 17, 2022

    China’s space program should not be underestimated, as it continues to match U.S. space station technological accomplishments and take on ambitious projects.

  • Jun 02, 2022

    Antony Blinken may have coined the term “asymmetric decoupling” in his recent speech on the Biden administration’s China policy. The formerly abstract term seems to be the perfect way to describe China’s goal of becoming independent from the West while increasing the West’s dependence on China, a strategy that dates back to Emperor Qianlong’s time.

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