Everyday religiosity in the state sphere: Folk beliefs and practices in a Chinese state-run orphanage
The religious sector in contemporary China is often portrayed as resisting or negotiating with an interventionist state in order to survive or protect its autonomy. This article, however, shows how it enters the state sphere and imbues the presumed state agents.
Ryan Manuel, Linda Jakobson
The growing number of actors involved in China’s international activities has led to fractured authority in foreign policy decisionmaking. Actors vie for the attention of senior officials to promote their interests on any specific issue. As a result, decision making is often a slow process; there are multiple channels of information, and actors appeal to public opinion to support their claims. Since 2012, Xi Jinping has taken charge of all foreign policy related decision-making bodies in what appears to be an attempt to improve coordination of interest groups.
Nicholas Loubere is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World. He introduces the renowned scholar Owen Lattimore’s ‘From China, Looking Outward’, his Inaugural Lecture as Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Leeds, which was delivered on 21 October 1963 (Lattimore taught at that university until 1970). The text of that lecture, published by Leeds in 1964, is reproduced below, digitised by Nicholas Loubere. The style of the original, including footnotes, has been retained.
'Celestial Empire' shows the wealth and cultural richness of the Qing dynasty, which ruled China for nearly three centuries, as seen through rare materials from the National Library of China and the National Library of Australia. The book is illustrated with stunning images, from woodblock printed books to colourful maps, making accessible a wealth of culture from China's last imperial dynasty. Many works that appear in the book have never been seen outside China before, or presented in English.
The Pacific War and its aftermath radically transformed Australian perceptions of whatwas then called the ‘Near North’. Many recognised that in the postwar world Australia’s strategic interests and economic fortunes called for a new understanding of Asia and the Pacific. China loomed large in these calculations.
Edited by Geremie R Barmé with Linda Jaivin and Jeremy Goldkorn
Humanity as never before shares a common destiny, whether it be in terms of the resources of the planet, the global environment, economic integration, or the movement of peoples, ideas, cultures. For better or worse humankind is a Community of Shared Destiny 命运共同体.
The present article examines human rights practice by China’s weiquan (‘rights-defence’) lawyers in the years 2003–2014. Notwithstanding the Chinese authorities’ hostility and overt repression towards rights defenders, the number of weiquan lawyers has increased over the past decade. Most of them are able to bring cases to court, publish in foreign media and cooperate with foreign donors. This article is an attempt to examine why and how this has been possible. It does so by relying on the theoretical framework of the political opportunity structure applied to non-democratic contexts.