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China Analysis Digest #38

Publications from November 10-18, 2021 | 225 publications from 53 sources | 101 sources scanned

China Analysis Digest is a weekly published list of new China-related analyses.

Issue: 2021/38

  • Date range: November 10-18, 2021
  • Sources scanned: 101
  • Content: 225 publications from 53 sources
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History as Boredom — Another Plenum, Another Resolution, Beijing, 11 November 2021

Geremie R. Barmé | China Heritage | November 14

To mark the 6th Plenum and the resolution on history, Barmé offers Václav Havel’s ‘Stories and Totalitarianism,’ which provides a powerful counterpoise to the CCP’s claim to historical truth and logic. In this essay, Havel argues that the hallmark of a totalitarian system is the hostility towards different interpretations of truth and history:

The fundamental pillar of the present totalitarian system is the existence of a single, central agent of all truth and all power (a kind of institutionalised ‘rationale of history’) which also becomes, quite naturally, the sole agent of all social activity. This activity ceases to be an arena in which different more or less autonomous agents square off; and becomes no more than the manifestation and fulfilment of the truth and the will of a single agent. In a world governed by this principle, there is no room for mystery; proprietorship of complete truth means that everything is known ahead of time. And where everything is known ahead of time there is no soil for the story to grow out of.

I highly recommend Havel’s essay.

Remembering Zuo Fang

David Bandurski | China Media Project| November 15

Zuo Fang, the founder of Southern Weekly died on November 3. He had a profound impact on China’s media sector during the reform era. As a tribute to him, Bandurski translated a profile published by Hong Kong’s Asia Weekly magazine in 2014. This intimate portrait is worth reading for those interested in Chinese media, and a bygone era of liberalisation.

Reset relations with Chinese Australians

Richard McGregor | Australian Financial Review | November 14

McGregor, in lucid words, argues:

Australia’s diverse Chinese community, caught in the crossfire of a policy transition as China changes under Xi Jinping, should not be treated as a monolith with suspect loyalties.

Chinese Australians should not be treated with suspect loyalties. The fact that this needs to be said, and said out loud, is a testament to the sad state of the debate. Chinese Australians have become the internal “other,” the enemy within, Beijing’s victim but also its willing accomplice in its “silent invasion” of Australia. This needs to change.

McGregor’s message should be a no-brainer. Yet there are plenty of people without brains that need this injection of sense.

How China’s ‘leftover women’ are using their financial power to fight the stigma of being single

Chih-Ling Liu & Robert Kozinets | The Conversation | November 12

Liu and Kozinets’s research show that the so-called ‘leftover women’ (ie., single unmarried women in their late-20s) are fighting against stigma through their economic power:

Through conspicuous consumption, they promote themselves as morally upright, economically independent, successful citizens. [They] are deploying the power of the market to counteract the “sheng-nu” stigma and its spread.

Despite its rise in contemporary China and Hong Kong, the act of protesting can lead to imprisonment and severe consequences. For stigmatised “sheng-nu” women, direct confrontation in the form of social activism could lead to serious professional or legal consequences.

Full List

China Watching

China Neican

Reading the China Dream

China Heritage

China Media Project

Opinion Pages

Project Syndicate

Australian Financial Review



The Interpreter

East Asia Forum

China Dialogue

Pearls and Irritations

The Strategist

News & Magazines

Monkey Cage

The Atlantic

The Economist

Sixth Tone


China Digital Times

The Conversation

The Wire China



The Diplomat

Foreign Policy

Think Tanks


Center for Advanced China Research

Center for Strategic and International Studies


Brookings Institution

Asia Society

Australia-China Relations Institute

Chatham House

Observer Research Foundation

Did China Create New Facts on the Ground Along the LAC With India?


Politico China Watcher

Politico China Direct

Beijing to Britain

Beijing to Canberra and Back


Eye on China



Takshashila PLA Insight

Tracking People's Daily

Beijing Channel


China Trade Monitor

Society & Culture

What's on Weibo

Chaoyang Trap House


Paper Republic

Greater China


Hong Kong Free Press

Taiwan Insight

Chinese Sources



Full list of sources scanned:

China Neican, Reading the China Dream, Made in China Journal, China Heritage, China Media Project, China Leadership Monitor, China Brief, Project Syndicate, Australian Financial Review, China Story, ChinaFile, War on the Rocks, Lawfare, The Interpreter, East Asia Forum, China Opinion, China Collection, China Dialogue, Pearls and Irritations, The Strategist, Echo Wall, Asialink Insight, Palladium, Inside Story, Foreign Affairs, Monkey Cage, The Atlantic, The Economist, Los Angeles Review of Books, Sixth Tone, Quartz, China Digital Times, The Conversation, National Review, Internationale Politik Quarterly, The Intercept, The Wire China, SupChina, ThinkChina, The Diplomat, Foreign Policy, MacroPolo, Center for Advanced China Research, Pew Research Center, Congressional Research Service, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Center for Security and Emerging Technology, MERICS, Institut Montaigne, European Council on Foreign Relations, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, National Bureau of Asian Research, Brookings Institution, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, China Data Lab, Rhodium Group, Asia Society, Australia-China Relations Institute, China Research Group, Center for New American Security, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chatham House, Lowy Institute, Atlantic Council, Observer Research Foundation, Australia Strategic Policy Institute, Politico China Watcher, Politico China Direct, The India China Newsletter, Beijing to Britain, Beijing to Canberra and Back, World Game, Eye on China, The Upheaval, Beijing Baselines, ChinaTalk, Pekingnology, Takshashila PLA Insight, Tracking People's Daily, Beijing Channel, Protocol | China, Chinese Storytellers, Chinarrative, Texas National Security Review, China Law Translate, China Trade Monitor, National People's Congress Observer, Supreme People's Court Monitor, What's on Weibo, Chaoyang Trap House, RADII, Paper Republic, Lausan, Hong Kong Free Press, Taiwan Insight, 中国:历史与未来, 爱思想, 《求是》, 中国现代国际关系研究院, 中央党史和文献研究院