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China Hands
China Hands is the Ivy League’s first student publication on US-China relations and aims to promote constructive dialogue on the world's most important bilateral relationship. Founded at Yale University in 2012, China Hands draws on the perspectives of students at both American and Chinese campuses. Recent notable interviewees include Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld, Teach for China cofounder Rachel Wasser, Brookings Institution' Cheng Li, investor Jim Rogers, and New York Times Shanghai bureau chief David Barboza. More information can be found at

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Lingering Shadows: A Retrospective on 228 and the White Terror

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 4:45 PM

Gideon Welles investigates how the 228 Incident and the White Terror, two dark chapters of Taiwanese history, are looked upon today.

"Each man was trussed up and the lot were bound together, neck-to-neck, by heavy cords. They were headed toward the river on the outskirts of town and there could...

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The Pearl Harbors: China's Port Diplomacy

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 4:40 PM

Siyu Yang reflects on what China's "One Belt, One Road" strategy means for India-China and US-China relations.

Flip to the back of a five rupee Pakistani note and you will see red-orange cranes amid a seascape of soft, complementary blue. The illustration is of Gwadar Port, brainchild of the Pakistani...

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Red Capital: Media Ownership and Self-Censorship in Hong Kong

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 4:37 PM

Emily Harris examines Hong Kong media's gradual loss of autonomy and predicts its future

In the fall of 2014, the Umbrella Movement hurled Hong Kong into the international spotlight as hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets in the name of democracy and true universal suffrage. However,...

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The Changing Face of China's Military: Changes in PLA Military Diplomacy Under Xi Jinping

(2) Comments | Posted April 12, 2015 | 5:25 PM

At a meeting that took place in Beijing in January 2015, Chinese President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping called upon People's Liberation Army (PLA) officers to start "a new phase of military diplomacy." During the meeting, Xi explained the crucial role of PLA foreign relations in...

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China 'Going Out' 2.0: Dawn of a New Era for Chinese Investment Abroad

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2015 | 2:22 PM

China High-speed rail

China's 'Going Out' policy is undergoing a major upgrade. Devised at the turn of the century, the policy encouraged Chinese enterprises, backed by the country's foreign-exchange reserves, to acquire assets and expand business overseas. This initiative facilitated...

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Converging in McLeod Ganj: Tibet and Taiwan

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2015 | 2:43 PM

McLeod Ganj, a town in the north of India where the Dalai Lama lives in exiled residency

On a warm October day in McLeod Ganj, a town in Northern India nestled between peaks of the outer-Himalayas, the streets were bustling...

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Top 10 China Events in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 8:11 PM

Andrew Retallick explores 10 key events affecting China in 2014.

10. The American Music Awards

This was the first year that the American Music awards gave awards for Best International Single and Best International Artist. On November 23, 2014, Chinese artists took both titles...

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Remembering 1949: Finding a New Home Across the Strait

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 8:01 PM

In 1949, the ROC imposed martial law in Taiwan.

"We had a dream of going back to the Mainland; we did not want to accept defeat. We never thought that we would not be able to go back. We wanted to go...

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The Occupiers: Out of the Classroom and Into the Streets

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2014 | 5:37 PM

Emily Feng elucidates student perspectives on the demonstrations in Hong Kong

September 22, 2014, would have been like any other day, if not for the thousands of students who streamed into the square of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, instead of filing dutifully into their Monday classes....

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The Art of Storytelling

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2014 | 5:34 PM

Yvonne Yan illustrates her experiences with pingshu

My introduction to pingshu, traditional Chinese storytelling, was Yuan KuoCheng's "Journey to the West", a classical Chinese novel popular among all ages. Since then, pingshu has become a significant part of my bedtime story. I fall asleep imagining the Handsome Monkey...

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Growth Potential

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2014 | 5:32 PM

Clarey Zhu explores the world of Chinese investment in Israeli high tech

After China's Bright Food acquired 56% of Israel's largest food producer, Tnuva, in May, the burgeoning Chinese-Israeli connection in high tech and venture capital finally aroused public attention. The "Start-up Nation", as Israel was...

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The Value of History

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 4:59 PM

Schuyler Schouten, a Senior Director at Kissinger Associates, argues for the importance of studying Chinese history.

US-China relations, once the province of a small group of experts in each country, now unfold through countless daily interactions in a range of fields. Whatever role you may play in a...

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Out of Character

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 4:56 PM

Scarlett Zuo speaks with Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo!, about "Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy", an exhibition featuring selections from his collection of Chinese calligraphy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

In a gallery room full of massive works of calligraphy, Jerry Yang greets...

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Trouble on the Road

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 3:05 PM

Tiancheng Zheng discusses the obstacles Chinese citizens face while applying for visas and traveling abroad.

When Zhang Qian returned to the imperial court of the Han Dynasty in the 2nd century BCE, he became the first Chinese diplomat to venture into the "Western Regions," today's Central...

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War, History and Education

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 3:03 PM

Yupei Guo and Yumi Koga reflect on their views regarding the history of the Sino-Japanese War in China and Japan, respectively

Never forget national disgrace

Yupei Guo

Early on the morning of September 18, 2011, I was among over a thousand weary high school students shuffling...

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The Silent Dream

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 6:44 PM

China Hands is the Ivy League's first student publication on US-China relations and aims to promote constructive dialogue on the world's most important bilateral relationship. Founded at Yale University in 2012, China Hands draws on the perspectives of students at both American and Chinese campuses. Recent notable interviewees include Alcoa...

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A question of character

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 6:42 PM

Miguel Paredes discusses developments in the relationship between the Chinese people and their unique written language.

"Do you have a WeChat?" is rapidly becoming synonymous with ni hao for China's new digital generation. With social media platforms ranging from the ever-popular QQ to the twitter-esque WeiBo,...

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Learning to Remember

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 6:39 PM

Yifu Dong reviews Louisa Lim's People's Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited.

If George Orwell were still alive, maybe he would have regretted naming his book 1984 instead of 1989. But as Orwell noted in 1984, the year would not have mattered, for no one in Oceania...

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Capitalizing on Progress

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 6:31 PM

Dhruv Aggarwal analyzes the social ramifications of China's tax revolution

In 2011, the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, responding to public opinion, raised the monthly income tax exemption threshold, the minimum level of income above which a person must pay income tax, from 2000 to...

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Thinking Small

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 10:44 PM

Andrea Smith takes a look at JUNO and China's push into particle physics

In the field of science and technology, China has consistently trailed the developed world for the past 50 years. With the proposed Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory (JUNO), expected to be completed in...

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