Resources

News Sites:

  1. Brookings (China) – D.C. think tank run by President Strobe Talbott. Articles are mostly on strategy, military, and geo-politics. Original content, written in long form mostly by former government officials. Also has a Taiwan page and a lesser posted Hong Kong page. Less than 15 articles per month
  2. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace– A Carnegie-Tsinghua scholar-specific news aggregator listing articles, op-eds, testimonies, papers, TV/radio, and events, which have been posted to other news sites. Almost all of those outlets are already found in this document. All original content. The site also includes Chinese translations of their articles. Less than 10 articles per month.
  3. China Dialogue–  London-based (with a Beijing office) bilingual site that produces articles and blogs on environmental issues, pollution, sustainable development, alternative energy, and food security in China. Also publishes reports on major events. Has a Spanish/Portuguese sister-site: Dialogo Chino. Run by executive editor and associate fellow at Chatham House Sam Geall & editor and visiting professor at Kings College, London Isabel Hilton. Less than 20 articles per month.
  4. China Digital Times – A bilingual website based at UC Berkeley that aggregates news on Chinese technology and internet usage throughout the day. CDT occasionally publishes original articles on current events. Houses an online glossary of Chinese netizen slang, current and historically censored words on the internet, as well as publishing leaked CCP censorship instructions. Run by Editor-in-Chief and adjunct professor at Berkeley, Qiang Xiao. 30+ posts per month.
  5. China File (Asia Society) – An electronic magazine produced through the Center on U.S.-China Relations. Original content typically comes in the form of “conversations”, where multiple pundits comment on a single topic. It also hosts links to other notable China watching sites and curates/posts their publications. Produces short book reviews, photo galleries, and videos. Published by Orville Schell and edited by Senior Fellow Susan Jakes. Around 15 posts per month.
  6. China-US Focus (China-United States Exchange Foundation) – Publishes op-eds and commentaries on current events and the Sino-U.S. relationship by other authors.  Based in Hong Kong, with funding by Shanghai Institutes for International Studies think tank. Topics are categorized by foreign policy, economy, environment, security, social development, and culture. Produces a free monthly magazine “China-U.S. Focus Digest” in PDF format. Also has an interactive South China Sea resource. 30+ articles per month.
  7. Council on Foreign Relations (China) – A D.C. think tank that publishes articles, interviews, videos, and op-eds on China from a variety of big-name contributors. Focuses on politics, security, and international relations. Less than 5 articles per month.
  8. The Diplomat – Based in Tokyo, publishing East Asian news, op-eds, and commentaries on geo-politics, security, and major events. Published by James Pach, Australian born, and Editor-in-Chief Shannon Tiezzi. Less than 15 articles per month.
  9. The Economist (China) – Writing on current or trending events. Articles are typically short to medium in length with a more descriptive writing style. No authorship is ever listed. Less than 15 articles per month.
  10. Financial Times (China) – Focuses on economic, trade, and stock-related new, and their intersection with political trends and current events. Variety of reporters (and some anonymous articles) based in China, Hong Kong, and the United States. 30+ articles per month.
  11. Foreign Affairs (China) – Produces original articles on economics, security, U.S. policy, law, the environment, and more. Articles can be sorted by theme, author, or seen on a timeline. It also has pages on Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mongolia. Bi-monthly publication, less than 10 articles per month.
  12. Foreign Policy (China) –  Articles focus on geo-politics, Sino-U.S. relations, and security. Articles are on the shorter side, carry fewer big names, and mostly are op-eds. CEO and Editor David Rothkopf. 30+ articles per month.
  13. Global Voices – Focusing on activism, government, and free speech. They’re committed to global publication by translating articles into more than 40 languages. Various contributors produce stories and news on China by conducting interviews. Around 10 articles per month.
  14. The Guardian (China) – Articles focus on current affairs, politics, and military developments. Overwhelming majority of posts comes from Beijing correspondent Tom Phillips. Content is mostly original, but typically defers to other outlets for breaking news. 30+ articles per month.
  15. Human Rights Watch (China/Tibet) – Headed by Sophie Richardson, tracking the developments on a wide variety of human rights topics, especially dissidents, and produces comprehensive reports. Consistently one of the first outlets that is called in to report human rights violations, posts as events happen. Also has a Taiwan page. Less than 10 articles per month.
  16. Jing Daily – Reports on luxury consumer, market, and travel trends in China. Has a top-5 “Daily Brief” that does not report on mainstream news. Associate Editor Jessica Rapp and content reporter Pan Yiling. 30+ articles posted per month.
  17. New York Times (China) – One of the first sites to pick up breaking news, has high integrity for reporting, and translates some of their articles into Chinese. Station chiefs: Chris Buckley in Beijing and Keith Bradsher in Shanghai and Mike Forsythe in Hong Kong. 30+ articles per month. Also hosts Sinosphere (NYT) – A blog that features short posts that are often less formal focusing more on lifestyle topics and entertainment. Authorship varies, typically by Didi Kristen Tatlow. Less than 10 posts per month. But Sinosphere is encompassed in the NTY (China) feed.
  18. News Now (China) – Up to the minute news aggregator on China, filtered by economy, politics, sports, natural disasters, and civil unrest. Content is delivered from global sources, in English, and is not curated. The downside is that news can become cluttered by China’s Global Times and Xinhua reports. 30+ articles per month.
  19. Quartz (China) – Choosing to report on “phenomenons that are shaping the world” rather than topics the site often reports on China under the sub-feeds “China’s Transition” “China in Africa” “The Future of Hong Kong” and “Shenzhen”. Edited by Kevin J. Delaney and is a subsidiary of Atlantic Media. 30+ articles per month.
  20. Radio Free Asia (China) – U.S. government funded news outlet producing radio, videos, and short original articles on China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, North Kora, Tibet, Xinjiang, and Vietnam. Mostly focuses on human rights, law, and politics. Good alternative to mainstream news and for reporting on the ground. 30+ posts per month.

 

Newsletters:

  1. China Politics WeeklyTrey McArver a London-based consultant, tacking members of the politburo standing committee, their meetings, events, speeches, as well as occasionally giving short analytical takes on trending Chinese current events as it related to the PBSC members.
  2. PacNet (CSIS) – Covers East/South East Asian news, 1-2 page, long-form reports on international relations that does not overlook lesser covered countries in the media. There have been multiple authorships, currently it is done by Ralph A. Cossa & Brad Glosserman. Subscribe here. Less than 10 newsletters per month publication.
  3. Sinocism – News aggregation newsletter, delivered via email. Put out by Washington-based, Bill Bishop. Stories are from both English and Chinese media, often accompanied by a sentence or two of commentary by Bishop. Especially strong on party politics, economics, and technology. Subscribe here. Publication varies, twice weekly.
  4. Sup China – Aggregates top China news and analyses. Produces occasional op-eds by Kaiser Kuo, articles by freelance authors, and hosts the Sinica Podcast. Run by the Sinica podcast team: Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn. Subscribe here. Daily publication.
  1. Taiwan Security Research – Aggregates Taiwan-related news on regional security issues. Run by academics from both Taiwan and the United States, with no government affiliation. Founded by Phillip Yang, adjunct professor at National Taiwan University and edited by Executive Editor Dr. Dalton Lin. Subscribe here. Monthly publication.
  2. Thoughts From the Chairman” – Posted by the CSIS Freeman chair producing analyses on China. Content is written informally and is designed to provide insight into the Chair’s opinions on trending topics. All reports are archived, but you can subscribe here. Less than 5-yearly publications.
  3. U.S.-China Week – An up-and-coming newsletter produced by Graham Webster, Senior Fellow at Yale Law School’s China Center, on U.S.-China relations and the Asia-Pacific region focusing on cybersecurity, internet politics, and maritime disputes. Subscribe here. Publication varies, 2 per week.

 

Reports:

  1. China-Africa Research Initiative (John Hopkins SAIS) – Produces policy briefs and working papers on Agriculture, FDI, and Chinese loans. Director is a professor at John Hopkins SAIS, Deborah Brautigam, Ph.D. Also has a blog “China-Africa Real Story”. Around 2 posts per month.
  2. China Law and Practice Paid-only monthly online publication called the “Law Digest” designed to offer the latest news on legal developments and judicial reform in China. The site also produces free briefings, analyses, investment guides, FAQ’s on working in China, and law translations. Based in Hong Kong, New York, and London. Editor Katherine Jo. Less than 5 posts per month.
  3. China Leadership Monitor (Hoover Institution) – A quarterly report broken up topically (foreign policy, China-Taiwan, military, political reform, economic policy, and the party) in PDF format, around 15 pages each. Authorship varies each edition, but there are a lot of big names. It uses traditional China-watching methods of interpreting Chinese state-run media to produce analyses. Subscribe here.
  4. China Power (Center for Strategic & International Studies) – Uses data visualization and expert analysis to unpack the complexity of Chinese power, examining five interrelated categories of Chinese power: military, economic, technological, social, and international image. The theme of Chinese “power” is broadly defined.
  5. China Sign Post – Run by Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins. CSP is a consulting/China research group that is for profit, but also posts their reports in full for public consumption. Some reports are heavily data driven, using lots of graphs, while others are qualitative and descriptive, long-form reports, spanning 5-6 pages. There are a lot of topics covered, but Erickson and Collins specialize in naval strategy and oil, respectively. 
  6. Congressional Executive Commission on China  Created in 2000 to monitor human rights and the development of the rule of law in China, it is made up of nine Senators, nine House members, and five senior Administration officials appointed by President Obama. Focuses on Chinese human rights and law, with comprehensive coverage of a variety of human rights sub topics.
  7. Comparative Connections (CSIS) – Covering U.S., China, India, Japan, Korean, Taiwanese, Russian, East Asia, and South Asian bilateral relations. It sorts all of its resources by bilateral relationships, such as its U.S.-China articles. It also houses a U.S.-China chronology page, that lists major contemporary moments in history, sorted by bilateral relationship. Run by Carl Baker, director and co-editor. Publishes 3 issues per year.
  8. Freedom House (China 2017) – Rates countries’ freedom score based on human rights violations, media censorship, and more. Includes comprehensive and well-sourced country-specific information, as well as reports and graphics. Also see its: China Freedom of the Press & China Freedom of the Net.
  9. The Jamestown Foundation’s China Brief – Online report dedicated to keeping U.S. public and private sector decision makers informed of developments and trends in China. Authorship varies per article, but includes some big names. Subscribe here. Annual publication.
  10. McKinsey Group (China) – Primarily focuses on creating analysis reports, but also produces podcasts and blogs on a wide variety of topics including: economics, transportation, health, IT, and more. Around 5 posts per month.
  11. U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission – Produces highly detailed annual reports and research articles on a variety of economic and security issues in PDF format. Reports are typically hundreds of pages long and research papers are usually less than 30 pages long. Their legislative mandate is to report on the national security implications of U.S.-Chinese trade to congress. Executive director Michael Danis. Less than 5 posts per month.

 

Resources:

  1. Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (CSIS) – The site provides lots of high quality images of the South China Sea island land reclamation campaign, over time, for China, Taiwan, and Vietnam. It also creates articles based on analyses of changes seen on the islands, as per their access to satellite images via Digital Globe, or as new security or political developments arise.
  2. NGO Directory (China Development Brief) – A Beijing-based NGO, the CDB reports on social development in China, with particular emphasis on the work of international and Chinese NGOs. It has a very comprehensive directory of all Chinese-based NGOs’ information. CDB provides timely translations of Chinese NGO laws. It also produces original articles and translates other guest contributions into English. Less than 5 articles per month.
  3. Catching Tigers and Flies (China File) – A tool that visualizes and filters the biography, relationships, dates, charges, and conviction statuses of Party members accused of corruption since President Xi Jinping launched the anticorruption campaign in 2012.
  4. China’s Maritime Disputes (Council on Foreign Relations) – A single interactive page dedicated to visualizing, tracking, and clarifying the South and East China Seas disputes through GIS maps, timelines, infographics, and juxtaposing satellite images.
  5. Chinese Leadership Bibliography (China Vitae) – A bibliographical catalogue of over 5000 Chinese leaders with advanced search capabilities. Established in 2001, it collects information from Chinese and English language internet sites, and strives to report in an unbiased and factual manner. Subscribe to their newsletter. Soon to create a briefing tool “China Briefly”. Executive director is David D. Gries, former foreign officer, CIA, and Georgetown professor.
  6. Connected China (Reuters) – Tracks and visualizes the people, institutions and relationships that form China’s elite power structure. Be sure to follow the tutorial as there are lots of interesting hidden features.
  7. Knoema’s Atlas (China) – Comprehensive data sets on trends, futures, and demographics covering 19 topics and over 200+ indicators for every country in the world. Very easy to navigate and has explanations of the indicators for those without an economics background. A premium (paid) option allows you to view the exact source information. Data is drawn from these sources, which you can create graphs yourself from.
  8. Mandarin Society – Hosts the “China Syllabi Project”, an in-depth open source information resource on the military, party, economy, and energy. Executive Director Nathaniel Ahrens. Includes resource list for language learning, event lists, jobs, and more. Also has a podcast and newsletter that post bi-monthly.
  9. Military Mandarin – Founded by Dan Peck, this group of three individuals have put together Chinese military vocabulary sets, organization charts, briefs, and overviews of Chinese organizations. The dictionaries can also be found on Pleco.
  10. China-Africa Toolkit (South African Institute of International Affairs) – Organizes information on Sino-African relations by African country. Posts a great list of books on China and Africa. Publishes original articles, research papers, and more. The site may be slow because it is hosted abroad. Chief Executive Elizabeth Sidiropoulos.
  11. Two-Way Street (NCUSCR) – U.S.-China foreign direct investment interactive visualization tool, created in partnership with the Rhodium Group, for the report.
  12. Censored Weibo Posts (Weiboscope) – Hosted by Hong Kong University. Tracks and archives censored messages on Weibo to learn what the PRC has deemed sensitive. Weiboscope also includes a “Censorship Index” graph of censorship over time, (all posts in Chinese use Microsoft for translations). Based in Hong Kong. Also see: Free Weibo – Archives (untranslated) censored posts to Sino Weibo and categorizes them by the top ten “Hot Searches”. They also provide the “Decrypt Weibo” feature, allowing you to type the URL of a Weibo account and see all of their censored posts. They also have a subsidiary: Great Firewall Analyzer – Monitoring the status and totality of blocked websites in China, also reports on China-related technology/internet news.
  13. World Bank’s Databank (China) – Includes data on every country, spanning 61 third-party databases, with over 1400 indicators, for each year since 1960. Compiled by the World Bank.

 

Blogs:

  1. Andrew Batson’s Blog – Ex-WSJ reporter, currently working for an economic research firm in Hong Kong and Beijing, focusing on more obscure topics on Chinese economics and history. Andrew Batson’s profile. Less than 5 posts per month.
  2. Andrew S. Erickson – Extensive focus on naval strategy, the South China Sea conflict, and other maritime disputes. Founder of the Naval War College’s China Maritime Studies Institute, prolific author, top in his field, and a PIP II fellow. Less than 15 posts per month.
  3. Asia Unbound (CFR) – An Asian blog with seven contributors, including China experts Ely Ratner and Elizabeth Economy, writing about current events and geo-politics. Less than 30 posts per month.
  4. China Defense Blog – Focusing on Chinese armaments and defense, a good source for images and updates on military movements.
  5. China Law Blog – Experts comment on Chinese law and current events.
  6. Cogit Asia CSIS (China) – Produces original content, podcasts, as well as reporting on other East Asian news developments. Various authors, all CSIS employees. Also has a Taiwan page. Less than 5 posts per month.
  7. Dim Sums – Focusing on analyzing the Chinese economy by tracking more obscure topics, specifically agriculture. Anonymous author. Around 10 posts per month.
  8. China Policy Institute: Analysis – Hosted by the School of Politics and International Relations Law at University of Nottingham. Authorship varies with each article, with the occasional big name. All content is original and typically written in long form. Topics are categorized by politics, society, culture, security, international relations, and Taiwan. Directed by Dr. Jonathan Sullivan of University of Nottingham. Less than 30 articles per month.
  9. China Power (The Diplomat) – Unfortunately subscribing to the East Asian section of The Diplomat will not provide you all the China news they produce. This blog still reports on news, op-eds, and commentaries on geo-politics, security, and major events. Various authorships. Published by James Pach, Australian born, and Editor-in-Chief Shannon Tiezzi. 30+ articles per month.
  10. Fairbanks Center for Chinese Studies (Harvard) – Focuses on more obscure topics, trending issues, and especially Chinese global history. Authorship varies, mostly by Harvard professors.  Less than 5 posts per month.
  11. Shanghaist – Reporting on bizarre entertainment news, comedy, and cultural satire. Content is mostly found on Chinese social media and the internet. Located in Shanghai. Editor in Chief, Kenneth Tan, founded by Dan Washburn. 30+ posts per month.
  12. Wall Street Journal China Real Time Blog – Dow Jones reporters, authorship varies and mostly unknown. Articles are very short and explain current events or trending topics. Less than 30 posts per month.
  13. What’s on Weibo – Produces articles on trending topics on Weibo in English, focusing on culture, entertainment news, and lifestyle with its intersection with politics. Articles are shorter with lots of pictures. Largely written by Manya Koetse, Netherlands. 

 

Chinese Media Sources:

  1. Caixin Global – Formerly known as Century Weekly, a weekly publication run by Caixin Media. Mostly reports on the intersection of finance and politics. Chief Editor Ms. Hu Shuli. Also see Caijing News, Hu’s first site, a left-leaning outlet that pushes the censorship boundaries.
  2. China Daily – Commonly found in the form of “paid advertisement news” in major U.S. papers. China Daily has attempted a campaign of posting pro-China news, seemingly from the point of view of the U.S. media in a late 2016 effort by Xi Jinping to “tell China’s story”.
  3. China Global Television Network – Previously CCTV, CGTN is the product of Xi Jinping’s directives to show China in a fresh, positive light. CGTV inundates the internet and social media with news stories, covering global news. 30+ posts per month.
  4. China Post (Taiwanese paper) – Focusing on politics, current events, culture, and economics with a pro-Taiwan lean. Reports on Taiwan, China, and the world.
  5. Global Times – Routinely prints provocative, hawkish editorials that outlets are typically too restrained to publish. One of China’s most read newspapers, famous for its nationalistic, pro-government positions. Its chief editor Mr. Hu Xijin is also a personality wildly popular/hated on Weibo.
  6. People’s Daily – An official news agency of the PRC, reporting on the party line, global affairs, and the positive role of China in the world.
  7. Sixth Tone – Based in Shanghai. It looks like a sleek independent blog, but it is still subject to Party oversight. Stories are more “people focused”, reports on trending topics, but does not provoke in-depth conversations. Part of Xi’s new media initiative.
  8. South China Morning Post (China) – Alibaba owns the SCMP. Headquartered in Hong Kong. The global edition writes liberally on geo-politics, domestic Chinese politics, and current affairs. Also has a Hong Kong page.
  9. Xinhua – An official news agency of the PRC, it is also represented in the Central Committee. Xinhua has worldwide distribution and coverage and other Chinese news agencies depend on it for stories and the Party line.

Remember: Authoritative sources of information from Party mouth pieces are denoted by organizational authorship, not individual authors’ names.

Podcasts:

  1. Analyse Asia – Produced by Benard Leong. “A podcast which discusses, dissects and deeply dives into business, technology and media in Asia, made in Asia by people who are involved in the day to day of their respective ecosystems.” Around 30-45 minutes in length.
  2. China-Africa Project – A multimedia website combining curated third-party content and original content. They mostly produce podcasts with one-page summaries and some original articles. Founded by veteran American journalist Eric Olander, and South African Journalist and Cobus van Staden. Around 30 minutes in length.
  3. China History Podcast (Teacup Media) Laszlo Montgomery covers the ups and downs of 5,000 years of Chinese history, often in multi-episode series. Around 40-50 minutes in length.
  4. China in the World Podcast (Carnegie-Tsinghua Center) – Hosted by Paul Haenle, director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center, previous NSC director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia under Obama. Focuses on Chinese international relations and topical issues. Length varies from 15 to 60 minutes.
  5. China Power Podcast (CSIS) – Hosted by Bonnie S. Glaser focusing on China’s rise and sources of Chinese “power” broadly defined. Around 30 minutes in length.
  6. Mckinsey Greater China Podcast – A consulting group focusing on business, government, strategy, and technology. Around 20 minutes in length.
  7. Sinica Podcast – A weekly discussion of current affairs in China, co-hosted by Beijingers Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn.

 Twitter feeds:

  1. Jon Sullivan, Director of the China Policy Institute at the University of Nottingham, created two lists: the 2013 list of China Studies Twitterati 50 and the 2014 list of China Scholars Twitterati 100. Together, these list should offer a good starting point to begin amassing the who’s who of the Chinese news twitter-sphere.
  2. China Analyzed’s Twitter follows only English language Chinese academics, journalists, and frequent contributors. Follow these accounts too.
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