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Why China cares about the label of democracy

Pro Chinese democracy activists holds banners during a China Democracy Party demonstration at Times Square, New York City, United States, 13 March 2021 (Photo: Reuters/Ron Adar)

Author: Xunchao Zhang, University of Wisconsin-Madison If you access any Chinese state media or pro-state social media published in late 2021, you will be bombarded with attacks on US President Joe Biden’s ‘Summit for Democracy’ and relentless insistence that China…

Authoritarianism amplified in the Mekong region

A fisherman travels with his small boat in the Mekong river outside Nong Kai, Thailand, 8 January 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun).

Author: Nguyen Khac Giang, Victoria University of Wellington The Mekong region started 2021 with a blow as the Myanmar military overthrew the country’s democratically elected government. The coup, which ironically happened on the 10th anniversary of Myanmar’s democratisation, cast a…

Uncertainty ahead for Xi’s China

Xi Jinping poses for his annual new year address, 31 December 2021 in Beijing, China (PHOTO: EYEPRESS via Reuters Connect)

Author: Kerry Brown, King’s College London In 2021 China was, and in 2022 again will be, dominated by the domestic economy, relations with the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic and President Xi Jinping. Despite spectacular bounce-back growth in the first…