Kristin shi kupfer. The human factor in China’s battle against the coronavirus

A Growing Digital Divide?

Kristin shi kupfer

But thinking this way harbors the danger of falling into the trap of simplifications and black-and-white depictions of China and international relations. In expanding its political influence, China takes advantage of the one-sided openness of Europe. This would be the first step to an even more comprehensive task: to find out how to maintain the universalism which first appeared in Europe—democracy, human rights, rule of law—in the new era. He published 2011 and 2013. The movement was against the attempt of the Hong Kongese government to put in place a national security legislation.

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MERICS Interview: China’s Influence in Europe

Kristin shi kupfer

His 80-year-old father died only weeks after being released from an internment camp in Xinjiang last fall. From 2007 to 2011 she was the China correspondent for the Austrian news magazine Profil, the German Protestant Press Agency epd, and Südwest Presse in Beijing. Obviously, they also took into account how the last movement ended. At first, there was a peaceful protest, but then it escalated. We also see some of these activists in Brussels — Germans or other European citizens working for Chinese-funded think tanks or research institutes and even using the same language, the same terms and wording to support official Chinese positions.

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Mareike Ohlberg and Kristin Shi

Kristin shi kupfer

I think this is a strategy they are specifically testing now. Looking back, no-one quite knows who started it exactly, whether it was the Han Chinese police or the Uighurs themselves. In recent months, the trade war between the U. Xenophobia and nationalism are sometimes also met with skepticism in China But expressions of Schadenfreude and malice about the catastrophic developments in Spain and Italy are also frightening some citizens. But personally, I felt welcome at the time: People were very curious, wanted to study their English and there was a lot of possibilities to engage with Chinese. All the research I see points to not enough information on the side of the general public.

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The human factor in China’s battle against the coronavirus

Kristin shi kupfer

Their targets are various — the government, its perceived enemies, oneself. China is still far away for most politicians. Such a dialogue should be conducted in the spirit of potlatches, a ceremonial feast practiced by indigenous people in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and Canada. My sense after these two years was that this was a whole cosmos with a lot of complexity. And making the children, the next generation, into little Han Chinese children.

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How To Fight China’s Sharp Power

Kristin shi kupfer

We had the book sellers kidnapping of course, but also changes or attempted changes within the curriculum at universities. Why has the conflict received so little attention in Germany? This particularly includes what are thought of as foreign religions, i. But Volkswagen has acquired a reputation in recent years for pursuing practices condemned as unethical by authorities and critics. However, for European think tanks, the challenge is to strike a balance between China and the U. Human rights activists have long denounced the oppression of the Uighurs. That was just a test case but there have been more attempts to buy papers in the United States as well.

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Volkswagen CEO 'not aware’ of Uighurs detained in China’s Xinjiang, despite having a factory there

Kristin shi kupfer

He was born in New York to parents originally from China and lived in Beijing from the late 1980s until 2016. She earned her PhD from Ruhr University Bochum with a thesis on spiritual and religious groups in China after 1978. Right, there are indeed few think tanks that focus solely on China or on Asia, but I think this is growing and it should be as a lot more people are qualified and have the capacity and resources. Western states are just getting started with this, with Australia taking the lead. In most European countries especially those part of the 16+1 grouping there is hardly a trace of moving in this direction. Behind the scenes we talked to Kristin Shi-Kupfer about her connection to China, Hong Kong, and about the challenges think tanks are facing. You were in China during the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong.

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The human factor in China’s battle against the coronavirus

Kristin shi kupfer

European governments should also firmly respond to Chinese Communist Party C. There was the feeling that China is gradually influencing Hong Kong in a subtle way, wanting it to be more like mainland China. Then, in 2003, the first major protest erupted with half a million people on the streets. What were the discourses that triggered these protests? Research for this publication was partly funded by Stiftung Mercator. But other aspects of technology can also be seen, for example the use of facial recognition by an authoritarian state. The next larger movement was Occupy Central in 2014. In the current environment, in which China is engaged in conflicts over tariffs with the U.

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The human factor in China’s battle against the coronavirus

Kristin shi kupfer

The second year, I deliberately spent in Kaifeng in Henan province. Living in an environment driven by digitalized consumerism and rigid one-party state-rule creates a lot of pressure on individuals. Chinese individuals, academic organizations, and companies, on the other hand, can take advantage of unfettered access to overseas markets and civil societies. Where do these different attitudes come from? This implies a higher level of education and information about China in all its dimensions, including geography, politics, language, and culture, among others. Xi Jinping, head of the Communist Party and the Chinese state, has brought the population into line for the project of turning China into an indomitable world power.

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