Rana Mitter

Rana Mitter is Director of the University China Centre at the University of Oxford and author of A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World and China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival
Rana Mitter
Rana Mitter is Director of the University China Centre at the University of Oxford and author of A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World and China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival

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Opinion | Story of Yanxi Palace: how China finds fresh political drama in lavish Qing dynasty epics

The TV series is one in a long line of productions that have fallen foul of the authorities, highlighting a weakness in the official psyche.

4 Feb 2019 - 6:36AM

The TV series is one in a long line of productions that have fallen foul of the authorities, highlighting a weakness in the official psyche.

Story of Yanxi Palace: how China finds fresh political drama in lavish Qing dynasty epics
On Reflection | A global China must ask itself awkward questions. Is it ready?

China seeks to lead the modern world. Yet its reaction to scholar Xu Zhangrun’s veiled criticism of Xi Jinping suggests its attitude to intellectuals is stuck in the past

26 Aug 2018 - 12:42PM

China seeks to lead the modern world. Yet its reaction to scholar Xu Zhangrun’s veiled criticism of Xi Jinping suggests its attitude to intellectuals is stuck in the past

A global China must ask itself awkward questions. Is it ready?
Strait talk: are China and Taiwan on the brink of conflict?

Between mainland calls for reunification and military displays on the island, tensions are at a new high. But for these two, there’s a reason why stalemate never gets stale.

21 Jul 2018 - 10:18AM

Between mainland calls for reunification and military displays on the island, tensions are at a new high. But for these two, there’s a reason why stalemate never gets stale.

Strait talk: are China and Taiwan on the brink of conflict?
Asian Angle | To see why Trump’s tariffs have hit a Chinese nerve, read history

From foreigners running the country’s lucrative customs service, to Mao’s ‘self-reliance’, to finally joining the WTO; terms of trade have long shaped China’s relationship with the West.

24 Jun 2018 - 12:41PM

From foreigners running the country’s lucrative customs service, to Mao’s ‘self-reliance’, to finally joining the WTO; terms of trade have long shaped China’s relationship with the West.

To see why Trump’s tariffs have hit a Chinese nerve, read history
On Reflection | For China and Japan, is this Trump’s ‘Nixon shock’?

Annoyed with a US president who seems to change policy at whim, Japan and China show a sudden desire to improve relations. Sound familiar?

19 May 2018 - 11:02AM

Annoyed with a US president who seems to change policy at whim, Japan and China show a sudden desire to improve relations. Sound familiar?

For China and Japan, is this Trump’s ‘Nixon shock’?
On Reflection | Kim Jong-un has America and China just where he wants them

Conventional wisdom on the Kim regime has been that it is unpredictable and downright crazy. But that has never really been true.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

Conventional wisdom on the Kim regime has been that it is unpredictable and downright crazy. But that has never really been true.

Kim Jong-un has America and China just where he wants them
Quick Take | Xi’s no Mao … or Deng … or Chiang – so who is he?

The scrapping of presidential term limits in China puts a question mark over what will come next. But ignore lazy rhetoric that likens Xi to an emperor – China’s chequered history of power transitions provides few answers.

6 Mar 2018 - 5:53PM

The scrapping of presidential term limits in China puts a question mark over what will come next. But ignore lazy rhetoric that likens Xi to an emperor – China’s chequered history of power transitions provides few answers.

Xi’s no Mao … or Deng … or Chiang – so who is he?
Quick Take | At Davos, Asia steps into the spotlight as US influence dims

Washington’s stubborn isolationism leaves it out of the global conversation and headed towards an agenda on trade and security shared by almost nobody else

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

Washington’s stubborn isolationism leaves it out of the global conversation and headed towards an agenda on trade and security shared by almost nobody else

At Davos, Asia steps into the spotlight as US influence dims
Judging empires: Was Japanese rule in Taiwan benevolent?
80 years later: can China, Japan overcome Nanking Massacre’s legacy?
Opinion: Forget Mao Zedong, Xi Jinping is more Charles de Gaulle
Opinion: China’s Asia vision harks back to 1945, with one difference - money
An unpredictable Trump means it’s Xi’s world – if he knows how to take it
Why China hurts itself more than others with censorship
The mystery of China’s eagerness to own the term ‘democracy’
After 80 years, China should not forget its war with Japan, but remember it’s over
Opinion: an echo of colonial Britain in China’s boycott against South Korea
Brexit Britain is missing an Asia policy
Can Japan lay its ‘comfort women’ ghosts to rest?
The lesson from Pearl Harbour that Donald Trump needs to learn
Trump’s America and Hong Kong’s oath taking crisis: how they are linked

As the liberal order erodes, and growing inequality fuels anti-establishment forces, the seemingly disparate societies are converging in a way once unimaginable.

30 Nov 2016 - 10:57AM

As the liberal order erodes, and growing inequality fuels anti-establishment forces, the seemingly disparate societies are converging in a way once unimaginable.

Trump’s America and Hong Kong’s oath taking crisis: how they are linked
What Chinese, Singaporean universities can teach us about academic freedom
K-pop, Korean soap stars and the secret Beijing won’t learn