Testimonials from policy and business practitioners

What our readers say

Amidst a deluge of China commentary, Neican stands out as a source of thoughtful, unexpected, and objective analysis on Beijing's intentions, ambitions, and behavior.

Jude Blanchette, Freeman Chair in China Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies

China Neican’s excellent weekly compilation of analysis and translations of significant Party documents help with the challenging task of keeping up with China’s fast moving political, social and economic landscape.

Richard Maude, Executive Director of Policy, Asia Society Australia

Collating, curating and analysing a vast range of contemporary studies, China Neican fills an essential gap for a world struggling to understand the dynamics of a changing China. It is essential reading.

Allan Gyngell, author of Fear of Abandonment and co-presenter, Australia in the World podcast

There has never been more need for informed and unbiased reporting about China.  Not only is the world apparently lurching towards an irreconcilable split between East and West, but also international travel and communication have been greatly restricted by the pandemic. Those of us who try to keep in touch with events and emerging issues in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan have several secondary sources of information. Among these, China Neican is outstanding in its coverage.  It is the resource that I turn to first. It is literally invaluable.

Jocelyn Chey, Visiting Professor University of Sydney, Adjunct Professor Western Sydney University and University of Technology Sydney

At a time when China looms ever larger on the world stage, reliable and objective information about a country with a closed political culture is at a premium. This is the kind of information China Neican provides through a service that gives a comprehensive listing of all major western reporting and key Chinese language sites which goes beyond what many comparable sites provide. This is an invaluable service for specialists and generalists alike.

Nigel Inkster, Senior Adviser for Cyber Security and China, International Institute for Strategic Studies, and former assistant chief and director of operations and intelligence, British Secret Intelligence Service

I am a fan of Necian and I join thousands of policymakers, researchers, and business and media professionals in receiving timely and relevant information and I encourage others to read [it].

Warwick Smith, Former Member of the Australian Parliament

For well-curated links to, and analysis of, the big issues, China Neican is the go-to newsletter for business as it navigates the rapidly changing relationship between China and Australia.

David Olsson, National President, Australia China Business Council

China Neican fills a much needed niche in providing direct access to a wide variety of sources, English and Chinese-language, across the breadth of China-related topics. It is timely and sensitively curated with an eye to what is most topical and relevant, but also to what even quite experienced observers may miss. I recommend it highly.

— Richard Rigby, Emeritus Professor, Australian National University, and former Assistant Director-General, Australian Office of National Assessments

China Neican is our number one professional China newsletter. It is an invaluable resource for all who want to see past the headlines on China and take a dive into the context that produces them.

Working in the field of civil society dialogue, we need up-to-date analyses on Chinese politics and society. Adam Ni and Yun Jiang deliver them week after week, including references to Chinese sources.

Joanna Klabisch and Christian Straube, China Programme Managers, Stiftung Asienhaus

China Neican, as the name suggests, delivers an insiders' guide to contemporary China, and, crucially, largely in the words of the Chinese themselves. Expertly curated, it provides invaluable and regular updates on the big issues being debated at the top of the opaque party-state in Beijing.

Richard McGregor, Senior Fellow for East Asia, Lowy Institute, and former Beijing Bureau Chief, Financial Times

Neican is a very valuable resource for those working on China related policy matters. The Neican Brief provides up to date information and incisive analysis across a range of political, economic and social developments in China. Neican also publishes the China Analysis Digest and the China Scholarship Digest. The China Analysis Digest provides convenient and comprehensive access to a wide range of material on China from leading Australian and international sources while the China Scholarship Digest provides a summary of scholarly works on China. 

Neican is an invaluable tool for policy makers for officers in government agencies, including DFAT, Defence and the intelligence community. Neican is also utilised by members of the diplomatic corps resident in Canberra for its reporting and analysis of China.

Since its launch in November 2019 Neican has become an essential source of information and analysis about China. I am confident that Neican’s importance to the China policy community and to academics in the China field will only become more important in the future.

Kevin Magee, Former Senior DFAT Officer and Ambassador

China Neican is indispensable. What China is and will become is one of the major stories of the 21st century. It is a story of vital interest to all of us. China Neican performs an enormous public service by bringing analysis and writing about China that is rich, informative, and deepens our understanding of this vast country. The newsletter is always engaging and a great read. I never miss an issue.

Brendan Sargeant, Professor and Head of Centre, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University, and former Associate Secretary, Australian Department of Defence

China Neican is one of my most business-critical resources. I value not only their commentary but also their essential, well-structured weekly overview of what everyone is thinking. I don’t know what I’d do without it.

Ryan Manuel, Chief Asia Strategist, Silverhorn Group

I’ve been reading China Neican every week since February this year. I’ve found it an invaluable addition to my understanding of political and economic developments in China, in particular because of the way Yun and Adam bring to my attention articles and reports that I would otherwise never have seen, translate important policy announcements that would otherwise not be available to someone who (like me) doesn’t speak or read Chinese, and because of the way they interpret news coming out of China from a distinctly Australian perspective.

Saul Eslake, Economist, Corinna Economic Advisory

China Neican offers valuable insights on Chinese current affairs from first-rate analysts whose attention to data, culture, history, and primary sources often provides a useful corrective to common but misleading narratives.

Neil Thomas, China Analyst, Eurasia Group

I've been following Neican since its inception, and Yun and Adam's analyses have always stood out to me as a distinct voice in a noisy crowd. Neican is able to tackle the most important issues and make them accessible to the general public while also providing essential perspectives for experts.

Tuvia Gering, China Research Fellow, Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security

If you are to only subscribe to one newsletter on China then you should go no further than China Neican. It goes beyond the daily headlines and offers deep analysis and insight, particularly from Chinese language sources and collates a well-rounded compilation of contributor voices as well. It’s a must read for anyone serious about understanding China.

— Thomas Day, Partnerships and Development Manager, Asialink Business

Keeping up to date with everything written on China is a full-time job in itself, but the regular Neican digest is an indispensable way to stay on top of the latest research. And the weekly briefs are also a must-read, weaving in analysis and unrivalled attention to policy detail that means that it's a regular source of genuine insight and new perspectives. China Neican is essential.

— Julia Pamilih, Research Director, China Research Group

Yun and Adam are doing God's work. Neican is a must-read for anyone looking for clear-headed analysis deeply steeped in Chinese sources.

Jordan Schneider, host of ChinaTalk and analyst at the Rhodium Group