Migrant workers on a Beijing construction site

Resistance through Accommodation: the migrant worker NGOs’ strategy of transforming citizenship in China

Written by Dr Gosia Jakimów, Lecturer in Chinese Politics With the sentencing of some prominent labour NGO activists in September 2016 to suspended prison terms, the precarious position of these organisations in Xi’s China became worldwide news. The arrests were preceded by a nation-wide crackdown on labour NGOs which started in 2012. The crackdown came…

E-International Relations – Interview with Dr Peter Matanle

Peter Matanle is Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies and Director of Research and Innovation at the University of Sheffield’s School of East Asian Studies. He researches and teaches about Social and Cultural Geography. His current focus is on regional development, population and environment in the Asia-Pacific, particularly Japan and New Zealand. More information uploads of…

China’s grand geopolitical project threatens a new East-West divide in Europe

Małgorzata Jakimów, University of Sheffield The recent Belt and Road Forum in Beijing ushered in a new phase in China’s global repositioning. In his opening speech China’s president, Xi Jinping, reaffirmed the importance of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a massive investment project launched in 2013 to dramatically expand land and sea trade across…