This week on Sinica, as the situation in the South China Sea simmers and Chinese society turns noticeably xenophobic, we're pleased to be joined by Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt from the International Crisis Group, a non-governmental organization which has just released a fantastic report on the actors and factors in Chinese policymaking that are contributing to increased tensions in the South China Sea. In contrast with much of the writing on this issue which assumes that China is a unitary actor, this report reveals a more complex picture of competing government agencies. Don’t miss this episode if you're curious about what is really happening in the South China Sea and why.

Joining Stephanie in our studio today is another guest we are delighted to have: Jeremiah Jenne, Dean of Chinese Studies at the IES program in Beijing, and the force behind the popular China blog Jottings from the Granite Studio. An expert on Chinese history and observer of current trends, Jeremiah joins us to talk about the recent upsurge in anti-foreign behavior in the Chinese media, including a new social movement encouraging Chinese citizens to turn in illegal foreign residents and workers.

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 said on
May 20, 2012

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Topic 1 - South China Sea

International Crisis Group report: Stirring up the South China Sea

Direct link to pdf:

US attack submarine surfaces at Subic Bay, by Rouchelle R. Dingsalan for GMA News

China dispute threatens Philippine industries, by Josephine CUENTA and James Hookway for The Wall Street Journal

Topic 2 - Rowdy laowai and anti-foreigner sentiment

Foreigners face visa scrutiny, China Daily

Campaign to enforce visa rules, China Daily

Chinese Netizens Say Time To “Clean Up” Foreign “Trash”, by David Wertime at Tea Leaf Nation


Jeremiah Jenne:

Historical borders of Europe time lapse, 1000-2003

Kaiser Kuo:

Taylor Fravel - MIT professor and expert on international security, focusing on China and East Asia

On Twitter:!/fravel

Misunderstanding China: Popular Western illusions debunked, by Andy Rothman for CLSA (direct link to pdf)

Jeremy Goldkorn:

Understanding China through Comics Volume 2, by Liu Jing

Zoo Caretaker Licks Monkey’s Butt To Help It Defecate, via chinaSMACK

Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt:

China in 10 Words, by Yu Hua
 said on
May 22, 2012
Great show, thanks to all.

On the issue of the Chinese nationalism in relation to Philippines and vietnam, there's a blog with lots of examples of this called "South Sea Conversations"

One post talks about CCP problems with 9-dash line:

Lots of stuff there about recent Huangyan Island issue too.
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