The article is devoted to a topical issue - the role of Taiwan in the growing confrontation between the United States and Japan and China for influence in the APR. It is noted that Washington and Tokyo intend to further obstruct the reunification of Taiwan with the PRC, which would seriously strengthen China's position in the Pacific Ocean. Under D. Trump's administration, the United States has noticeably stepped up support for Taiwan, both in the sphere of expanding Taipei's official ties, and in supplying it with American weapons. On the whole, a line developed by Washington and Tokyo (and agreed with Taipei) to consolidate Taiwan's de facto independent existence is emerging. Beijing, however, clearly states that it will apply the necessary means in order to defend the territorial integrity of the PRC within the framework of the adopted concept of "one country, two systems."
The article deals with the interaction of economic and political drivers making China’s maritime activity more and more intense. Basic trends of development in the key spheres of marine economy (i.e., sea ports, transport, shipbuilding, fishing and aquaculture, оffshore oil and gas extraction) are studied in depth. The author argues that the internal disbalances in China’s marine economy lead to its expansion abroad. The dynamics of maritime territorial disputes in the China’s nearest seas is analyzed in details. The article also shows that the maritime sphere has become one of the hot spots in the emerging Sino – US clash of rival interests.
Rec. ad op.: Mengzi : in a New Russian Translation with Classic Commentaries by Zhao Qi and Zhu Xi / Research, translation from Chinese, notes and appendixes by I. I. Semenenko; Moscow State M. V. Lomonosov University, College of Afro-Asian Studies. Moscow : Nauka –Vostochnaya literatura, 2016. 901 ps.
At the end of July 1921, when thirteen Chinese supporters of Bolshevism gathered for their first congress, they proclaimed the formation of the Communist Party of China. They represented seven Chinese communist cells operating in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Changsha, Jinan, and Tokyo, as well as the most authoritative leader of the Chinese communist movement, Chen Duxiu (1879-1940), who failed to attend the congress and sent a deputy in his place. At that time, the newly formed party had 58 members. And among them-only two women, including the twenty-two-year-old student of the Beijing Higher Women's Pedagogical Institute Miao Boying (1899-1929), the first of the Chinese women who joined the communist movement in early November 1920. An active propagandist of Bolshevik ideas and one of the most talented organizers of the women's and workers ' revolutionary movement in China, she lived a short but eventful life, giving all her strength to the cause of the liberation of China. The upcoming anniversary of the CCP is a worthy date to pay tribute to its memory.
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The author investigates how various themes, including mutual interaction, territory delimitation and key periods in Russian history are presented both in contemporary Chinese history textbooks for secondary schools and Russianist literature for wide readership that had been published in China during 1997-2008. The author emphasizes the peculiar perception of Russian history in China and considers it most important factor for creation the image of Russia in contemporary PRC.
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