Economic History

13
Jun

China in the Context of a (Great) Depression?

Time and time again, analysts are voicing concerns about a potential recession in China, especially in a post-coronavirus framework. For example, scenarios which involve let’s say a one-year economic contraction, with the many consequences this brings about… not just for China but for everyone else as well, in the context of a deeply interconnected economy

27
Dec

China and the USSR: Ideological Common Denominators, Past Challenges and Modern-Day Russian Perspectives

The Sino – Russian dimension of geopolitics (with its economic as well as military implications) is without a doubt a key piece in the “understanding China” puzzle and for this reason, we have dedicated an entire article to it that you can access by clicking HERE. However, referring to China’s relationships with modern-day Russia exclusively

26
Aug

The Macao (Macau) Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China

Ask one hundred individuals to name the first gambling destination they think of and more likely than not, most of them will think about Las Vegas. Some might mention Monaco, Atlantic City or other destinations but… Macau? Probably not. At least not as far as the average individual is concerned and this is perhaps a

15
Aug

China and Hong Kong: The Complex History of a (Highly) Sensitive Topic

In light of the dramatic protests which have taken place as a result of an initiative which revolves around “Hong Kong to mainland China” extradition, more and more otherwise uninterested observers have become… well, interested in this currently hot news story. However, a few superficial “one-liners” spouted by various more or less historically ignorant pundits

13
Aug

Hua Guofeng – Successor or Placeholder?

When you have two historical figures such as Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping who cast remarkably wide shadows, one problem which arises is that historical accuracy tends to sometimes also be buried under those shadows. In an earlier article, we’ve made it clear that not enough attention is usually given to Zhou Enlai despite him

12
Aug

Zhou Enlai: From Voice of Reason to Reform Facilitator?

Here at ChinaFund.com, it’s almost impossible to write a detailed article about China with a meaningful historic dimension without mentioning Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping… or both of them in quite a few cases. The same principle is valid when it comes to pretty much all China-oriented publications, so to say that Mao and Deng tend

08
Aug

The Role and Structure of the Communist Party of China

Before reading this post, we would strongly recommend reading our article about the history of the Communist Party of China so as to have the proper historic context needed to meaningfully understand the current role of the Communist Party of China and, of course, its structure. Right from the beginning, it makes sense to point

07
Aug

From Tumultuous Part to Present-Day Domination: The History of the Communist Party of China

Few observers are unaware of just how dominant the Communist Party of China is nowadays, with its 85+ million members and firm grip across pretty much all socio-politico-economic dimensions of China. In fact, here at ChinaFund.com, we frequently include aspects pertaining to the Communist Party of China in our analysis… and rightfully so because if

05
Aug

Understanding the Renminbi/Yuan: History, Context and Perspectives

Ask the average Westerner a thing or two about China’s currency and he will most likely explain that he KNOWS it is highly, grossly, outrageously devalued (especially if we are referring to individuals who actively watch the news and are most likely well aware of the significant trade tensions between China and the United States).

04
Aug

The People’s Republic of China (PRC), AKA “Today’s China”

When referring to certain aspects related to China, you have to be specific and make it clear which “China” you are thinking about. Are you talking about one of the (many) Chinese dynasties? Or perhaps about the Republic of China (ROC), the “China” of 1912 to 1949* (the latter represents a more complex discussion, please