Issue: 2020: Vol. 19, No. 1


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James Schiffman

James Schiffman
Dr. James Schiffman is an educator and journalist, most recently as a faculty member on the Spring 2023 voyage of Semester at Sea and as an associate professor of Communication at Georgia College & State University. He began teaching after a long career in journalism, which included stints in Beijing and Seoul as Bureau Chief for The Asian Wall Street Journal. He earned a Ph.D. in Communication at Georgia State University in 2012. His dissertation critically compared narratives about ... 
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This edition of China Currents offers three distinct types of articles.

The first group of three essays focuses on China’s expanding relationships in Latin America and the Caribbean. All three were first published by The Carter Center as part of the China Research Center and The Carter Center’s joint organization of the Sixth Annual Meeting of the International Consortium for China Studies. We are delighted to have received permission to reprint condensed versions of the originals. Enrique Dussel Peters provides an overview of China’s economic relations with Latin America and the Caribbean, with a particular emphasis on the growing geopolitical competition with the United States. Haibin Niu offers suggestions about how China and Latin American nations might forge productive, cooperative relations going forward. Margaret Myers and Rebecca Ray outline the Trump administration’s decidedly negative view of China’s economic interactions in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The next two articles examine other aspects of trade and economic cooperation. Penelope Prime, our managing editor, analyses the state of the U.S.-China trade war in a piece first published by The Conversation. Just in case you’re thinking the deal signed in mid-January signals and end to the trade war, Dr. Prime has five words for you: “Don’t get your hopes up.” Mariel Borowitz looks at a little-known aspect of China’s rise to global prominence: data collection from space. Borowitz reports that China is sharing data widely, especially with countries involved with Belt and Road initiatives.

We offer Dr. Fei-ling Wang’s introduction to an Al Jazeera documentary that takes a deep look at the rise of China. Dr. Wang, a China Research Center associate, was featured prominently in the film.

Finally, Li Qi, also a Center associate, offers a personal essay that reflects on her daughter’s experience as a 6-year-old attending a Chinese elementary school in Beijing. There’s much to ponder here about the value of testing and the contrasts between the approaches to assessment taken in China and the United States.

It’s an eclectic mix that reflects the multifaceted face of China today. We hope you find each one of the pieces thought provoking.