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Vaughan Winterbottom

Vaughan Winterbottom is a postgraduate researcher at the University of Oxford’s China Centre. He has worked as a freelance journalist for media outlets in China, Russia and Turkey. 


Articles by Vaughan Winterbottom (31)

  • No let-up in China anti-corruption drive as Zhou Yongkang net tightens

    Reuters leaked news on Sunday that authorities have seized assets worth as much as A$15.7 billion from family members and associates of Zhou Yongkang (pictured), a former member of the Communist Party's Politburo Standing Committee and domestic security chief.  Zhou was last spotted in public in October, and is believed to be under house arrest in Beijing as the investigation against him proceeds.
  • MH370: China-Malaysia relations will recover

    It was the kind of gushing platitude kept on file for special occasions: 'There's a Malay proverb that says "Flowing water cannot be severed" and there's no better term to describe the traditional friendly relations between China and Malaysia,' said Chinese President Xi Jinping during his October 2013 visit to Malaysia. Xi's visit marked 40 years of Sino-Malaysian diplomatic relations.
  • Xi Jinping in Europe: No surprises on Crimea

    Xi Jinping is pressing the flesh in Europe this week on his first trip to the continent as Chinese president.  Ostensibly attending the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague today and Tuesday, Xi will also make stops in France, Germany, Belgium and the EU headquarters in Brussels during his 11-day trip.  As is Chinese diplomatic de rigueur, Xi's triumphs of statecraft in Europe have already been written.
  • Xi Jinping consolidates his control of PLA

    Chinese President Xi Jinping's consolidation of power in military affairs has picked up over the past week. On Saturday state media reported that Xi is to lead a group in charge of deepening military reform. Xi already heads up similar bodies on economic reform and runs the newly established national security commission.
  • Crimea referendum stirs old insecurities in China

    China's Central Propaganda Department issued a directive on Monday ordering mainland media not to link the Crimea referendum to the country's own separatist hot spots. China Digital Times obtained the leaked text and published it in full: Central Propaganda Department: All media must refrain from hyping or exaggerating the referendum in Crimea.
  • What you need to know about the National People's Congress in Beijing

    The annual session of China's legislature may be a rubber-stamp parliament more famous for its yawning delegates than exciting policy debate, but a slew of key information on China's economy and reform agenda is traditionally released during the meeting. Last week was no exception. Below are the key insights. China's GDP growth: 'Around 7.5%' Is the growth target announced by Premier Li Keqiang too hot, too cold or just right?
  • Plot thickens in Kunming knife attack: Was it a foreign Jihadist strike?

    Malcolm Moore at The Telegraph has picked up on the potential Jihadist narrative behind the Kunming attack, as I covered in an earlier Interpreter post (Three Things Missing From Coverage of the Kunming Massacre). Moore tracks the rise of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) and points out that the group claimed responsibility for the 2008 Kunming bus bombings. Professor Dru Gladney, a respected authority on Muslim China, is interviewed by Moore.
  • Three things missing from coverage of the Kunming massacre

    A lot has been written about the brutal knife attack on Saturday at a train station in Kunming, provincial capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province. It was the most deadly bout of violence China had seen since July 2009, when at least 200 people were killed over several days of ethnic clashes in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region.  Yet there are missing elements in the media narrative about the attack: 1.
  • Rudd tackles big issues and recites Chinese poetry at Oxford

    In a talk at the Oxford Union on Saturday, former prime minister Kevin Rudd exhorted future leaders to 'preserve peace', 'preserve our liberty' and 'save capitalism from self-cannibalising itself.' The Oxford Union, founded in 1823 as Oxford University's debating society, is regularly visited by world political, cultural and academic heavyweights. Speaking before Rudd was 1994 Nobel laureate in economics John Nash, on whom the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind was based.