Saturday, May 16, 2009

Little openness in China's progress

On May 16, 2009, Dr. Wenran Jiang wrote an article on the Edmonton Journal. In the article, he noted that positive developments in wake of the Sichuan earthquake in China last May have failed to yield concrete political reforms in the country.

You can read the article here.

People flock to the devastated town of Beichuan on May 12, the first anniversary of its destruction in
the Sichuan earthquake. Nearly 87,000 people died or remain missing in the 8.0-magnitude earthquake,
a disaster that galvanized the nation but left deep emotional scars.

Photograph by: Peter Parks, Agence France-Presse, Getty Images, Freelance

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Debate: Whither the United States?

The Obama administration's emerging foreign policy: mea culpa or managing the relative decline of American power?

On May 14, 2009, Dr. Wenran Jiang, Mactaggart Research Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta, participated an hour-long debate on "Whither the US Power" for TVO Agenda with Steve Paikin. The episode is scheduled to be on air at 8 pm, May 15, Friday.
You can access to the information related to this episode here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Interview by Calgary's CHQR AM 770 The World Tonight Program on the current state of Canada-China relations

Dr. Wenran Jiang was invited for a 25 minute interview on the current state of Canada-China relations by Calgary's CHQR AM 770 The World Tonight Program on May 12. He discussed with the host Greg Bohnert a range of issues from human rights to trade, especially the recent changing policies by the Conservative government toward China.

China reports first swine flu case

On May 12, 2009, Dr. Wenran Jiang's May 6th Toronto Star article "Hard Lessons of SARS Crisis Explain China's Tough Action" was quoted by the Australian on their news coverage on China's swift quarantine measures against the swine flu epidemic.

"This time around, Beijing is not taking any chances," as quoted by the Australian. "Although the virus did not originate in China, the authorities have been on high alert. Senior Chinese leaders have been on the case from the beginning, and the Chinese press has followed the flu story closely with a rather open attitude."

You can read the coverage here.