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China Currents

A Journal of the China Research Center

Current Issue | 2015: Volume 14, Number 1

Editor's Note

The overarching themes that emerge from the offerings in this edition of China Currents will be familiar to anyone who follows China closely. Our authors all deal with the complex relationship between the pull of the market, the push for control by the state and Party, and the question of where demands and desires of the public factor into these dynamics. Foreign investors often feel caught in these currents — sought after for their capital and expertise yet kept at arms length as if they were a shadow trace of China’s 100 years of humiliation…

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Shanghai FTZ: Expectations Have Never Been Aligned With Reality

Shanghai FTZ: Expectations Have Never Been Aligned With Reality

“Unrealistic Expectations” On September 29, 2013, China officially opened the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, or FTZ, an outwardly ambitious project to bring a new wave…

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Responsible Sourcing Standards And Social Accountability: Are They Possible In A Global Supply Chain?

Responsible Sourcing Standards and Social Accountability: Are They Possible in a Global Supply Chain?

The allegation of child labor did not exactly fit the picture I was looking at — a photo of a toddler sitting next to a…

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Mobile Technology In China: A Transformation Of The Payments Industry

Mobile Technology in China: A Transformation of the Payments Industry

Introduction Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce firm, raised $25 billion from its initial U.S. public offering (IPO) in September 2014 putting China on the e-commerce world…

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China And The Iran Model

China and the Iran Model

A 2011 biography of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the shah or king of Iran from 1941 to 1979, lays out a number of haunting similarities between…

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An Interview With Filmakers Adam James Smith And Song Ting

An Interview with filmakers Adam James Smith and Song Ting

The new documentary film “The Land of Many Palaces” examines planned urbanization in China from the vantage point of Ordos in Inner Mongolia.  Ordos is a vast, newly…

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