Changing cultural dynamics in China: from the Chinese empire to the PRC

Zilin Tu, a second year IR student, writes about the contrasting strategic culture demonstrated by the PRC and the Chinese traditional empire respectively and how that affects China’s foreign policy.  China’s unprecedented leap from a pariah state to an economic and military powerhouse in the post-Cold War international system has generated contentious debate on whether its rise to prominence should be perceived as a global … Continue reading Changing cultural dynamics in China: from the Chinese empire to the PRC

Chinese Foreign Policy – On Climate Change and Fortuitous Gains

By Alexander Johannes, 2nd year Maths with Economics student at University College London who has completed a course in Chinese Foreign Policy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong this summer. During an address at the United Nations (UN) headquarters on March 29th 2018, Secretary-General Antònio Guterres stated what it generally regarded as a universal truth, “Climate change is still moving much faster than we … Continue reading Chinese Foreign Policy – On Climate Change and Fortuitous Gains

What does ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ mean for China and the world?

By Coline Traverson,  a second-year undergraduate student in War Studies interested in environmental security, human rights and international politics. If you had tried to contact anyone in China from abroad last week, you might have realised that it was close to impossible due to a heightened Internet censorship. Surprisingly, this is not a worrying trend due to the increase in communications’ surveillance which is perhaps … Continue reading What does ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ mean for China and the world?