Chinese Politics

Chinese Politics Final Papers

Aberle, Connor. 2016. Comparative Analysis of Indonesian and Chinese Nationalist Youth Groups

Nationalist youth groups look starkly different in China and Indonesia, yet there are similarities between these groups in different time periods. The social role Chinese and Indonesian youth groups play and their tactics have been documented prior to this paper. The change in youth groups over time is not frequently studied, however. This paper compiles and compares the history of nationalist youth groups in Indonesia and China and compares the tactics of youth groups from these two countries. Youth groups from each of these nations were instrumental to their revolutionary history, and in times of political tumult youth groups from both cases adopted more violent tactics. The political direction of these countries diverged in the past with Indonesia under violent competition for who gets to rule the country. The legacy of instability perpetuates the violent paramilitary role of youth organizations in Indonesia. In China, the consistency of the Chinese Communist Party rule and the lack of legitimate political rivals enables nationalist youth groups there to be a docile mouthpiece for the party in power. The commonality between these two cases throughout history is the political power each achieve: Indonesian groups gain power through violence and Chinese groups gain power through connections and lobbying their government.

Asher, Mattison. 2015.  Income Disparity in Rural China

China’s economic growth in the past thirty years has been nothing short of miraculous. While the rapid growth in China has been a tremendous asset for the country, the growth has come at a hefty cost. As GDP has risen in China, income disparity has become a prevalent problem. A question that researchers have failed to examine is why income disparity is also raising within inland rural China. Because of policies that favor cities for development in rural areas and the restructuring of agricultural policy, income inequality is growing throughout inland China and the problem is being exacerbated by the favoritism of local officials for the already established unprofitable SOEs.

Carrillo, Devon. 2016. Music’s Influence on Chinese Politics

Over the course of human history music has been a source of entertainment as well as an art form. Some cultures use music during religious ceremonies or for specific traditions. Others tend to just listen to music for pleasure or even create it. Today music has evolved into a source of entertainment that has many aspects to it. Music can be used as a source of information for example. An artists expressing themselves through song maybe about a particular issue that is going on in our society. Artists use their work in order to relay a particular message about something. Now what happens when the government gets involved? During the 1900’s to the present, China’s government has manipulated music in order to promote particular political agendas. When first thinking about this question it was quite puzzling, because how exactly could music influence politics?

Chen, Jonathan Zhuo. 2016. Governmental Embedment in Profit and Non-Profit Sectors: Case of China.

China has enjoyed thirty years seemingly unstoppable high speed economic growth. During the new Xi Era, Chinese government starts a reform aimed at anti-corruption and contractionary welfare provision policy to combat economic and social challenges. This paper seeks to explain why different types of government embedment in two provinces results in different societal and economic reaction to the reform. By examining Guangdong and Liaoning, two provinces in China, this paper concludes, that a state-in-society embedded mode is the key for economic development and societal betterment, that the extent of governmental embedment with the society in private for profit sectors, must balance the level of embedment in non-profit sectors. A highly embedded for profit sector without strong embedded non-profit sector would create social tensions. A highly embedded non-profit sector without strong embedded for-profit sector would create non-sustainable economy and fiscal failures.

Dreyfus, Daniel. 2016. The Rise of Gambling in Macau since 1999.

Following its handover to China in 1999, the former Portuguese territory of Macau saw its gambling industry rapidly become the largest in the world, with total gaming revenue peaking at roughly $45 billion in 2014. Most accounts of the industry’s growth in this period have focused on the introduction of the Individual Visit Scheme in China, which allowed Chinese tourists to visit Macau without a tour group beginning in 2004, and the liberalization of gambling, which allowed multiple companies to operate casinos in Macau rather than a single government-sanctioned monopoly. In this paper, I argue that developments prior to 1999, namely the industry’s modernization by the STDM monopoly and increasing Macau’s real-estate space via land reclamation, were essential for the industry’s long-term growth and that liberalization was beneficial, but not essential for that growth.

Ellis, Joey. 2016. The Fluctuating Growth of the Chinese Film Industry.

As China’s economy has increased rapidly over the last two decades, the domestic film industry has been of particular importance. Since enacting market reforms the Chinese Communist Party has made various attempts to modernize the industry and consequently film has since been transformed from a political product to that of a cultural product. While many of these reforms have benefitted the film industry as a whole, there still are many challenges the CCP needs to face in order for the market to reach its full potential.

Greenberg, Elisa. 2016. Women in China: Holding up the Sky, or Crumbling Under its Weight?

In 1968, Chairman Mao Zedong of the then-nascent Chinese Communist Party (CCP) proclaimed that “women hold up half the sky.”  This bold statement is consistent with the communist ideology, which is rooted in the idea of fundamental equality.  One would think that the CCP would therefore prioritize equality on all fronts, including gender equality.  However, there is decidedly not gender equality in China.  The reason for this contradiction can be traced back to the role of the Party.  The CCP exercises direct and indirect control over the gender equality movement in China.  It does so by constraining the movement in order to preserve China’s social and cultural norms, while also selectively promoting equality in ways that serve the Party’s interests.

Guo, Sasha. 2016.  Panda Diplomacy: China’s Adorable Weapon

With the rapid growth of China economically and militarily, the world is watching China closely to see if it will have a peaceful or turbulent rise to power. Realizing that the negative perception foreign countries have of China severely hinders its foreign policy, China has, in recent decades, begun focusing on its public diplomacy. In addition to spreading Chinese culture and language in the government initiative to improve foreign perceptions of China, there is one secret, unexpected weapon that China has: The Giant Panda.

Kim, Daniel. 2016. PRC Foreign Policy and DPRK Nuclear Weapons: Limits of Influence and the Importance of Potential Refugee Crises

How does China, or the People’s Republic of China (PRC), attempt to influence North Korea, or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), on issues like the DPRK’s nuclear weapons development? How has the DPRK resisted China’s influence on the issue? How has China responded to this resistance, why is China’s foreign policy towards the DPRK failing, and what allows the DPRK to act against China’s interests? This paper surveys the modes of influence that China holds over the DPRK and vice versa, with a focus on the DRPK’s ability to continue its nuclear weapons program despite China’s stated foreign policy interests—namely, that the DPRK cease its development of nuclear weapons—and despite China’s relative and absolute geopolitical advantages over the DPRK. Indeed, China not only has the upper hand in terms of GDP and trade volume, but also holds leverage over the DRPK in the form of trade and humanitarian/resource aid (primarily food and oil). The threat of China’s withdrawal from any of these exchanges, as well as the threat of Chinese sanctions on the DPRK, should provide China the leverage that it needs to coerce the DPRK into adopting China’s stated foreign policy goals. Yet, the DPRK has resisted China’s agenda by furthering its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile capabilities. The DPRK has been able to do so by leveraging the threat of coercive engineered migrations of its own population into China should the DPRK regime collapse or significantly destabilize. Although China is significantly constrained in its ability to influence the DPRK on its nuclear weapons program, Beijing could engage in high-level negotiations, implement more (albeit calculated) sanctions, reduce aid, and conduct other punitive measures against the DPRK to increase pressure on Pyongyang while still avoiding regime collapse. However, given the DPRK’s desire for “asymmetric nuclear deterrence,” the strategy most likely to convince the DPRK to end its nuclear weapons development is a Chinese-brokered U.S.-DPRK non-aggression pact or peace treaty.

Murtha, Katherine. 2016. Manufactured Minority Media: Moral or Malicious?

China has seen a coexistent growth of nationalism and rising acceptance of ethnic minorities by the government in recent years. While nationalism generally results in an ostrascization of ethnic minority groups, China has not followed this global trend. This paper examines how the state-sponsored media portrays ethnic minorities in a positive light in order to present both a unified and benevolent China on the global stage. The propaganda further serves to create a monolithic Han identity within China, and through that promote a nationalist agenda.

Wang, Zena Sihua. 2016. Crisis of ideology: A study on polarizing effect of economic growth in China.

This paper provides an explanation for ideological cleavage in China based on theoretical analysis and empirical evidence. The ideological cleavage is a direct result of economic pragmatism since Deng’s reform in economy. However, the correlation between ideological cleavage and economic growth is weaker than expected. The most important factor is not the level of income, but rather the level of education and the place people live in. The growth in income does not automatically translate into a more democratic, liberal and non-traditional society. The real catalysts are education and location. However, The peculiar political and cultural environment in China may impede the process of translation. Xi’s campaign on ideology may further impede this process. However, the result will not be clear until we are able to analyze a more recent public opinion survey.