The 2020 Presidential Election ended with former Vice President Joe Biden as the president-elect. However, the drama is far from over since President Trump refuses to concede and accuses the Democratic Party of election fraud. Like people around the world, China is watching this election closely. The topic of “US Election” received over 12 billion views on China’s social media platform Weibo on Election Day. However, how accurate is the information in China? A close examination reveals that the Chinese media adopted a biased reporting strategy by highlighting “election fraud,” the protests, and the post-election legal battle between the Trump…


Since the 2016 Presidential Campaign, the debate on hate speech occupies the attention of the American public. Donald Trump ran a hate-oriented campaign that centered on issues of building the wall and expel Muslims. The victory of Donald Trump legitimized and mainstreamed hate speech. The march in Charlottesville in August 2017 shocked entire America. In The Harm in Hate Speech, Professor Jeremy Waldron argues that the solution for America is to adopt hate speech law just like other western democracy. He defines hate speech as any form of expression that harms the social standing and causes a dignitary harm on…


The Marble Temple: The Supreme Court of the United States (Source:Online)

The Supreme Court is a critical branch of the American government, but it is the most distant branch of the American people. Unlike president and Congress representative, the Supreme Court Justices are not based on the election. The president select Justice and the nomination have to get approved by the Senators. To keep the Supreme Court away from public interest and popular influence, the Court Justices, compare to Presidents and Congress members, rarely receive exposure from media. Justices don’t use social media and tweet controversial statements like our president, they barely get on the National News, and they even rarely…


Populism, the failing democracies, ISIS, North Korea, the rise of China, the challenges from Russia, all of these are problems the United States have to face in 2017. The appearance of these obstacles shows that the current policy is insufficient to fulfil the American leadership.

The emergence of new challenges and significant setbacks are normal in American history; it happens periodically. As history shows, the American foreign policy relies on the strong force of continuity. The continuity dictates the policymaking until a critical historical event or a maj…


The victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election has been fueling the ultra-right populism and nationalism in the United States.

Charlottesville, the home of Thomas Jefferson and my University, the University of Virginia, was sieged by Neo-Nazi populists. They gathered at Charlottesville, marched down streets with Nazi flags, and chanted the sloga...


While rising populist movements in Europe and the United States play the “Muslim threat” to their audience, China faces its own self-inflicted “Muslim problem.”


PLA troops marching in front of Potala Palace in a military parade (Source: Google)

Nobel Peace Prize winner Dalai Lama might be the most renowned Buddhist religious leader around the world. A lot of western celebrities treat a meeting with Dalai as a tremendous honor. However, people in the West certainly has limited knowledge of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, and Dalai’s struggle. Even the Chinese people don’t know about the history of the Tibetan people beyond the government’s propaganda. Independent scholarship on Tibet is too sensitive for the Chinese government. There is only the heavily influenced and manipulated patriotic research that confirms Chinese propaganda. Any study beyond it, no matter how accurate and valuable…


Steel Factories in Hebei, China (Source: Tancent News)

On June 1st, 2017, President Trump made the decision to pull the United States out of Paris Agreement. The United States of American, the most powerful state ever existed in the human history and the leader of the free world, betrayed the global alliance in the heroic battle against global warming. After Trump withdrew, media around the world called China to step up and become the new helmsman of Paris. However, China is reluctant to take this leadership; China doesn’t want to put its environmental disasters, especially the smog problem, under spotlights. During the past several years, the smog problem…


The Anti-Japan Protest in 2012 (Source: google)

Since 2016, populism becomes the most important topic in political science and the biggest threat to liberal democracy. Started from the Brexit in the summer, the populist movement seized surprising victory in the United States as Donald Trump became the new U.S. President. This year, the battle against populism also extended to the election in Netherlands and France. Populist movement in Western Europe and the United States swept the established political norms, cried against globalization, and mangled with racism and other forms of discrimination. Furthermore, the worldwide tide of populism also stimulated the Taiwanese independence movement led by the Democratic…


The North Korea nuclear problem has been one of the top security challenges encountered by the Trump administration. The Pyongyang Regime confronted the United States by missile tests and nuclear developments. During the National Parade, the leader, Kim Jong-Un, released harsh statements against the United States and threatened to strike America preempt...

Zhuoran Li

Foreign Affair + East Asia Studies at UVA International Relations and Foreign Policy Researcher; Interests: Foreign Policy, East Asia Politics, Environment

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