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A survey of the labour landscape under the Chinese Communist Party would be stronger with more voices of working people, says Jonathan Mirsky
Jonathan Mirsky on a bleak but believable view of rampant corruption taking a country to the dogs
Money buys compliance, and a few shots of Confucianism help too, says Jonathan Mirsky
Jonathan Mirsky considers an exploration of the dynamics between two ancient rival nations
Book of the week: The Chinese government’s persecution of Fang Lizhi remains baffling, says Jonathan Mirsky
It’s a myth that Confucianism kept China unprepared for war: the empire had guns and was not afraid to use them, Jonathan Mirsky writes
Jonathan Mirsky on the treaties and extraterritoriality imposed on China in the decades after the Opium Wars
An argument for a ruling elite based on exams leaves Jonathan Mirsky feeling puzzled
Jonathan Mirsky enjoys a bowlful of insights into the origins and uses of the utensil that Asia made its own