Below you will find a series of websites, newsletters, blogs and podcasts which provide insights about China, both from a domestic and global point of view.
Made in China first began in 2012, as a monthly newsletter in Italian aimed at union officials. In this first iteration, the publication was founded on the belief that spreading awareness of the complexities and nuances underpinning socioeconomic change in contemporary Chinese society is important, especially considering how in today’s globalised world Chinese labour issues have reverberations that go well beyond national borders. In 2016, thanks to the involvement of a group of early-career China scholars then based at the Australian National University, the newsletter was reimagined as a quarterly journal with a specific focus on Chinese labour and civil society in English language. From that point on, the project quickly developed in previously unforeseen directions, including not only the journal, but also book series, summer schools, and other events. The Made in China initiative rests on two pillars: the conviction that today more than ever it is necessary to bridge the gap between the scholarly community and the general public, and the related belief that open access is necessary to ethically reappropriate academic research from commercial publishers who restrict the free circulation of ideas.
This blog is started by those who aspire to tell a better story about China’s involvement beyond its borders. We are journalists, campaigners, analysts, scholars and practitioners with years of experience navigating Chinese politics, bureaucracy, finance and their ramifications overseas. We hope that it will serve as a convening place for the community of China “storytellers” to share, discuss and debate about China’s impact globally, with a particular focus on developments in the energy and environmental fields.
China Brief is a primary source of timely information and cutting-edge analysis for policy-makers, intelligence and military personnel, academics, journalists, and business leaders. It is published under the direction of Dr. Arthur Waldron at the University of Pennsylvania and is edited by John Dotson. In addition to its audience in the United States, China Brief is widely-read in East Asia, where articles are regularly translated and reprinted in leading newspapers, journals and websites. Through the use of indigenous sources and detailed and objective analysis, China Brief keeps U.S. public and private sector decision-makers alike informed of developments and trends in China. Writers include Senior Fellow Willy Wo-Lap Lam, Dennis Blasko, Wenran Jiang and other experts, many of whom are based in Asia.
Sinocism is a blog and newsletter written by Bill Bishop, providing curated links and commentary on Chinese and English language news about China. Bishop is an entrepreneur and former media executive with more than a decade’s experience living (up until 2015) and decoding China.
ChinaFile is an online magazine published by the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society, dedicated to promoting an informed, nuanced, and vibrant public conversation about China, in the U.S. and around the world. ChinaFile publishes original reporting and analysis across a wide spectrum of topics in writing, photography, and video. We devote our energy to underreported subjects, innovative and elegant storytelling, experts interested in engaging non-experts, Chinese analysts who want to write for international audiences, and questions we feel haven’t been adequately explained by other publications. Our contributors are journalists, scholars, and other experts working both inside and outside of China.
A podcast by Erik Myxter-iino and Juliet Lu that covers the latest news, research and analysis of China’s growing presence in the developing world
The China Africa Project (CAP) is a fully-independent multimedia organization dedicated to exploring every aspect of China’s engagement with Africa. The CAP is a purely informational endeavor with no partisan agenda whatsoever and does not advocate on behalf of any country, company or culture. The CAP was co-founded in 2010 by journalist Eric Olander and media scholar Dr. Cobus van Staden. Until August 2019, the CAP was a passion project that Eric and Cobus worked on during nights and weekends. Now, Eric works full-time on CAP to produce the daily email newsletter, podcasts and to maintain the website. Cobus remains employed by the South African Institute of International Affairs as the lead China-Africa researcher and works on CAP in his spare time. The CAP produces a mix of editorial content that combines original material with carefully-curated third party information.
SupChina is an independent digital media company dedicated to informing, entertaining, and educating a global audience about business, technology, politics, and culture in China. The platform is divided into three principal components: A daily newsletter; a podcast network (anchored by the Sinica Podcast), and a website.
Promoting research, conducting evidence-based analysis, fostering collaboration, and training future leaders to better understand the economic and political dimensions of China-Africa relations and their implications for human security and global development. Launched in 2014, the SAIS China Africa Research Initiative (SAIS-CARI) is based at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C. SAIS-CARI was set up to promote evidence-based understanding of the relations between China and African countries through high quality data collection, field research, conferences, and collaboration.
Chinadialogue is an independent organisation dedicated to promoting a common understanding of China’s urgent environmental challenges. Climate change, species loss, pollution, water scarcity and environment damage are challenges that concern all the world's citizens, and the scale of China’s problems gives them global importance. Tackling these challenges demands a common effort and shared understanding. Here at Chinadialogue we aim to identify, promote and support the unique voices (and the people behind them) that increase understanding, share precious experiences and inspire a higher awareness of the planet’s challenges, no matter whether these voices come from inside China or from around the world. Chinadialogue is devoted to making such voices heard by a global audience, in a lively, convincing and multi-lingual fashion. It is our hope that in doing so, we can move closer to viable, equitable and real solutions to environmental problems.
The National Committee on United States-China Relations is a non-profit educational organization that encourages understanding of China and the United States between citizens of both countries. The Committee's continuity of experience and depth of associations with senior officials and distinguished citizens of China and the United States make it a unique national resource. Established in 1966 by a broad coalition of scholars and civic, religious, and business leaders, the Committee was founded in the belief that vigorous debate of China policy among Americans was essential and that balanced public education could clarify U.S. interests and strengthen our foreign policy. Similarly, the founders believed that over time dialogue with Chinese citizens would enhance mutual understanding, a basic requirement for stable and productive relations.
ChinaPower provides an in-depth understanding of the evolving nature of Chinese power relative to other countries. The project examines five interrelated categories of Chinese power: military, economics, technology, social, and international image. Through objective analysis and data visualization, ChinaPower unpacks the complexity of China’s rise. At the heart of ChinaPower are exploratory questions specifically developed to illuminate the different aspects of Chinese power.