Xinjiang: Getting Places, Going Nowhere

I appreciate the twists and turns of fortune’s road as much as any man, but I resent my impotence. This city is inescapable.

 Story, On 12, December 2017 By Jacob Mardell

 Post-Brexit Britain: Educating China

Chinese cash is vital to the UK’s higher education sector. Brexit might encourage an even more China focused approach to funding, but should we be wary?

Chinese International Students in the UK
Sino-UK, On 10 November, 2017   By Jacob Mardell

China’s Silk Road on Ice

From The Lion King to freshly shucked oysters, everything is better on ice. Apparently the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is no exception.

Silk Road on Ice China Arctic
Belt and Road, On 3, November 2017    By Jacob Mardell

 Post-Brexit Britain: Appealing to Chinese Investors

This is part of a series of articles on post-Brexit Britain’s relations with China. This article looks at the question of attracting Chinese investment. Brexit might not increase Britain’s post-Brexit appeal, but it could turn Britain into an aggressively open economy.

Xi Jinping and the Queen of England
Sino-UK, On 1 November, 2017 By Jacob Mardell

It’s All About Xi Jinping: Five Xi Concepts that Will Guide China

The Party Congress has drawn to a close, and Xi Jinping dominates headlines. Here are five key phrases that we can associate with Xi’s ongoing leadership.

Mao Zedong and Xi Jinping Plates
China, On Oct 25, 2017    By Jacob Mardell

Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era: Whose Era?

The big take-away from Xi Jinping’s 19th Party Congress Report is that China has entered a ‘New Era’. Many pundits been claiming that this is Xi’s era, but whose era is it really? 

19th Party Congress and Xi Jinping Thought
China, On 20 October, 2017 By Jacob Mardell

Post Brexit Britain: Signing a Trade Deal with China.

This is the first in a series of articles on post-Brexit Britain’s relations with China. This article looks at the potential of a post Brexit trade deal with China. The conclusion? We shouldn’t be so hung up on the idea of an FTA with China.

China UK trade relations post Brexit
Sino-UK, On Oct 17, 2017 By Jacob Mardell

The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China: Exploring the Black Box

This is The China Road’s foray into the overpopulated world of 19th Party Congress explainers. If this is your first explainer, read on. If you’ve already read a dozen, make sure this is your last.

19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party
China, On October 14, 2017 By Jacob Mardell

Destiny Community: China’s Belt and Road Long Game

‘Community of common destiny’ is a recurrent phrase in Chinese foreign policy rhetoric. It’s also an important concept for those looking to understand China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Xi Jinping's Community of common destiny
Belt and Road, On October 10, 2017     By Jacob Mardell

 The Belt and Road: A Brief Introduction

China’s Belt and Road Initiative isn’t easy to pin down, but here’s a brief explainer that gives it a go. This is a slimmed down introduction to the ‘The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road’.

Busy port part belt and road initiative
Belt and Road, On October 3, 2017     By Jacob Mardell