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From individual participation to authoritarian politics

Nathan Gardels, Nicolas Berggruen: Renovating Democracy – Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism

POLICY: Is technological development destabilizing modern democracies? China can be seen as a positive counterpart to the West.

Ho Chi Minh's wills

ORIENTERING 25.10.1969: At the solemn ceremony commemorating Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi on September 10, Lo Duan, First Secretary of the Vietnamese Labor Party, read out this political will from Ho Chi Minh:

What's new in the uprising

NEWSPAPER EDITOR: The new form of protest mentioned by the anarchists does not want an overarching "narrative" about the events in Hong Kong.

Little money, plenty of bills

Han Xiao: Life is a Belief

SLIT: The story of two men struggling to pay unexpected hospital bills shows the turning point in modern China.

Can the desire for peace win over American warlifers?

USA VS CHINA: US foreign policy elite engages in anti-Chinese rhetoric and has cut diplomacy in favor of demands.

China's selective memory

ANNIVERSARIES WITH BISMAK: Does not the Chinese regime see the irony in paying tribute to the students who demonstrated in 1919, while continuing to crush any protest from today's students?

China's "forgotten" past

Ma Jian: China Dream, translated from Chinese

: Through a look back at the main character Ma Dade's past as a Red Guard during the Cultural Revolution, China Dream challenges the extensive falsification of history in China.

Inept leaders

ESSAY: Why are these overgrown leaders so hairy – like China, Russia, and America under Trump?

Can the INF agreement be saved by extension?

DISARMAMENT: With the Trump administration's termination of the INF agreement, the world seems to be losing an important framework for weapons control and nuclear disarmament. The danger of new rearmament is immediate. But what if the agreement is continued in a new and more ambitious version?

A feeling in motion

Francois Jullien: Living off Landscape: or the Unthought-of in Reason

: In his new book, the French philosopher Francois Jullien maps both China's historical views of nature and landscape, and partly a philosophy of life that modern Chinese and we in the West can be inspired by.

China's soft – and less soft – power in Southeast Asia

Maria Serena I. Diokno, Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, Alan H. Yang (eds.): China's Footprints in Southeast Asia

: When Barack Obama announced his 'pivot to Asia' strategy, it was not least a response to China's growing influence in the region. In a new anthology, China's success in putting footprints in neighboring countries is assessed.

Cinematic revisionism after the post-Cold War

Dai Jinhua (ed. Lisa Rofel) :: After the Post-Cold War. The Future of Chinese History

: Feminist cultural critic icon Dai Jinhua delivers poignant contemporary diagnoses through film reading and historical analysis in a new collection of essays.