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…

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…

At the Edge of the Modern Chinese Nation and Ex-Colonial Milieu

“At the Edge of the Modern Chinese Nation and Ex-Colonial Milieu: Transnationalism of the Chinese Community in Port of Spain, Trinidad, from the 1930s to 1970”  Dr. Sonoda Setsuko, an award winning transnational historian from Japan, recently gave a public research seminar at the School of East Asian Studies. Her seminar offered a fascinating account…

China in the aftermath of the G20 summit

By Peter Drysdale, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Head of the East Asian Bureau  of Economic Research and Editor-in-Chief of East Asia Forum in the Crawford School  of Public Policy at the Australian National University. Prof Drysdale recently gave a public lecture at the University of Sheffield as part of the School of East Asian Studies Seminar Series…