Josef Gregory Mahoney

Josef Gregory Mahoney

Josef Gregory Mahoney is professor of politics at East China Normal University in Shanghai, where he also directs the International Centre for Advanced Political Studies and the international graduate programme in politics. He was previously with the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau in Beijing, then China’s leading think tank.

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Opinion | US’ failure to learn Cold War lessons will be to China’s benefit

The risks facing the US now are not dissimilar from those the Soviets faced. Yet it’s not clear Washington has learned the deeper lessons of history, including why Beijing has avoided the Soviet Union’s fate.

The risks facing the US now are not dissimilar from those the Soviets faced. Yet it’s not clear Washington has learned the deeper lessons of history, including why Beijing has avoided the Soviet Union’s fate.

15 Dec 2021 - 2:18AM
Opinion | As US-China tensions fuel our age of anxiety, we must choose a better future

Experts, and US policymakers, subscribing to a zero-sum view of international relations normalise and even goad conflict. The only solution is to break this cycle of violence and normalise peace and cooperation instead.

Experts, and US policymakers, subscribing to a zero-sum view of international relations normalise and even goad conflict. The only solution is to break this cycle of violence and normalise peace and cooperation instead.

8 Nov 2021 - 1:30AM
The View | US is infected with ‘pandemic capitalism’ as markets incentivise suffering

A distinct strain of pandemic capitalism is present in the United States as stock prices soar and the government and markets prioritise profits over people. Women, the working poor and minorities have experienced the brunt of the suffering while drug companies, tech firms and friends of the government have lined their pockets.

A distinct strain of pandemic capitalism is present in the United States as stock prices soar and the government and markets prioritise profits over people. Women, the working poor and minorities have experienced the brunt of the suffering while drug companies, tech firms and friends of the government have lined their pockets.

30 Nov 2020 - 10:21PM
Opinion | Forget a cold war and the TikTok, WeChat bans. Is the US preparing for a hot war with China?

The White House has sent mixed signals on China, agreeing to hold talks while announcing a ban on Chinese apps. But the hope that these are just Washington’s negotiation tactics is fading, amid worries of a potential armed conflict.

The White House has sent mixed signals on China, agreeing to hold talks while announcing a ban on Chinese apps. But the hope that these are just Washington’s negotiation tactics is fading, amid worries of a potential armed conflict.

12 Aug 2020 - 2:50AM
Opinion | How close has the coronavirus pandemic brought China and the US to military conflict?

US President Donald Trump’s provocative rhetoric raises questions about how far he is willing to go in his confrontation with China. While countries and businesses are reluctant to pick sides, the spectre of a US-China military conflict might force them to.

US President Donald Trump’s provocative rhetoric raises questions about how far he is willing to go in his confrontation with China. While countries and businesses are reluctant to pick sides, the spectre of a US-China military conflict might force them to.

20 May 2020 - 4:39AM
Opinion | Are we overreacting to the coronavirus threat and merely creating bigger risks down the road?

For a coronavirus with a lower fatality rate than peak flu season in the US, millions are quarantined, borders are closed, flights are cut, and economic and political costs are mounting. With human rights swept aside and public health politicised, are we creating more problems than we hope to solve?

For a coronavirus with a lower fatality rate than peak flu season in the US, millions are quarantined, borders are closed, flights are cut, and economic and political costs are mounting. With human rights swept aside and public health politicised, are we creating more problems than we hope to solve?

6 Feb 2020 - 5:17AM
Opinion | Donald Trump’s campaign against Huawei is a symptom of digital orientalism, ignoring similarities in Chinese and Western surveillance

The US’ targeting of Huawei is rooted in long-standing fears that China might challenge the idea of civilisational superiority on which the West constructs itself. Focusing on Chinese surveillance effaces the threat posed by Western tech giants.

The US’ targeting of Huawei is rooted in long-standing fears that China might challenge the idea of civilisational superiority on which the West constructs itself. Focusing on Chinese surveillance effaces the threat posed by Western tech giants.

17 Feb 2020 - 3:28PM
Opinion | Tiananmen’s lesson: if Hong Kong’s protesters want a fight, Beijing will certainly give it to them

The leaders of China’s Communist Party learned from both Tiananmen and the fall of the Soviet Union not to give in. The mainland Chinese public also appears to have little sympathy for Hongkongers, which will free Beijing’s hand to act decisively.

The leaders of China’s Communist Party learned from both Tiananmen and the fall of the Soviet Union not to give in. The mainland Chinese public also appears to have little sympathy for Hongkongers, which will free Beijing’s hand to act decisively.

4 Sep 2019 - 1:10AM
Opinion | A century on from the May Fourth protests, Chinese youths are in a state of crisis

China’s young people, once at the forefront of politics, are increasingly disenfranchised, and part of a worrying generational gap as a result of the nation’s unprecedented cultural and economic development.

China’s young people, once at the forefront of politics, are increasingly disenfranchised, and part of a worrying generational gap as a result of the nation’s unprecedented cultural and economic development.

4 May 2019 - 2:00PM
Opinion | Donald Trump’s strategy was never about alienating the world – it was always about containing China

With the unveiling of the Indo-Pacific Economic Vision, the apparent resolution of the trade dispute with the EU and the cosying up with Russia, it is now clear that the US president has been working towards a strategy of turning other countries against Beijing.

With the unveiling of the Indo-Pacific Economic Vision, the apparent resolution of the trade dispute with the EU and the cosying up with Russia, it is now clear that the US president has been working towards a strategy of turning other countries against Beijing.

1 Aug 2018 - 7:24PM
Xi Jinping is making his bid for the history books by pitting himself against Deng’s legacy

Xi Jinping is pitting himself against Deng Xiaoping’s legacy, particularly his vision of collective leadership.

Xi Jinping is pitting himself against Deng Xiaoping’s legacy, particularly his vision of collective leadership.

6 Mar 2018 - 9:17PM
Poland’s Holocaust law is about much more than anti-Semitism

Behind Poland’s controversial new law lurk some disturbing suspicions regarding the country’s Jewish community – but also anti-EU and anti-German sentiment, not to mention nationalist and economic concerns over potential Holocaust reparations.

Behind Poland’s controversial new law lurk some disturbing suspicions regarding the country’s Jewish community – but also anti-EU and anti-German sentiment, not to mention nationalist and economic concerns over potential Holocaust reparations.

6 Feb 2018 - 3:23PM
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