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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)

  • China mulls World War II Victory Day over Japan

    China is considering plans to designate 3 September as 'Victory Day of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression', the country's media revealed late yesterday. The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress is discussing the matter at a session this week. That the proposal was widely reported suggests its passing is inevitable. Local media did not report on how the day will be marked. But it should be an interesting test case for Communist Party historicism.
  • China's politics: Inside Xi Jinping's ruling clique

    In a lengthy piece of analysis published by the Jamestown Foundation's China Brief last week, Willy Lam offers up many keen insights into the formation and composition of Chinese President Xi Jinping's inner circle. The piece deserves more attention from policymakers and China watchers than it has so far received. The power dynamics within Xi's ruling clique have broad implications for the direction of domestic economic reform and the formulation of foreign and national security policies.
  • Amending state secret laws: China clamps down on cover-ups

    Last week Chinese state media revealed new rules regarding state secrets. The changes decree, among other things, that government departments 'must not define as a state secret information which by law ought to be public.' Translation: officials can no longer cry 'state secret' to cover up their dirty laundry.  The law was last amended in 2010.
  • China eyeing the future with fourth Antarctic research base

    Chinese state media was full of patriotic fervour over the weekend as the country unveiled its fourth Antarctic research base. A fifth is planned for next year.  Located in the Australian Antarctic Territory between the country's Zhongshan and Kunlun research stations, the new base, named Taishan, looks like a cross between a UFO and a deformed Oreo cookie. Domestic media, perhaps rather optimistically, have christened it 'the Lantern.' 
  • China making a mockery of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, and no one seems to care

    China is pushing forward with plans to finance and construct  new nuclear power plants in Pakistan, in direct violation of its obligations to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Yet barely a whisper of protest has been heard. US officials have appeased their Indian friends by expressing 'concern' about recent deals. When it comes to nuclear non-proliferation, however, 'concern' is the diplomatic equivalent of a yawn.   China has a long history of cooperation with Pakistan on nuclear technology.
  • Xi Jinping in Sochi: Just how close are Russia-China ties?

    The 2014 Winter Olympics will kick off in three days' time. As many will already know, the host city is Sochi, a subtropical resort city on Russia’s Black Sea coast. There are more controversies surrounding the Sochi Olympics than there are dolls in a Russian Matryoshka. The games have cost the country US$50 billion, US$7 billion more than China spent on the most expensive summer games ever in 2008.