Rana Mitter

Rana Mitter

Rana Mitter is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China 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

Latest from Rana Mitter

On Reflection | If China weaponises capital, it will shoot itself in the foot

British opposition to a takeover of the Welsh microchip factory Newport Wafer Fab by the Chinese-backed company Nexperia shows need for consistent, long-term strategy, writes Rana Mitter.

British opposition to a takeover of the Welsh microchip factory Newport Wafer Fab by the Chinese-backed company Nexperia shows need for consistent, long-term strategy, writes Rana Mitter.

17 Jul 2021 - 9:30AM
Asian Angle | Restricting academics makes it harder for China to tell its own story

‘Hong Kong was once an escape valve for discussions on China,’ writes Rana Mitter.

‘Hong Kong was once an escape valve for discussions on China,’ writes Rana Mitter.

3 Jul 2021 - 9:30AM
On Reflection | Boris Johnson is testing China with Britain’s foreign policy ambiguities

The UK’s Integrated Review on Foreign and Security policy is unclear about what Britain wants from China, but that is part of the point, writes Rana Mitter.

The UK’s Integrated Review on Foreign and Security policy is unclear about what Britain wants from China, but that is part of the point, writes Rana Mitter.

17 Mar 2021 - 8:30PM
On Reflection | In Hong Kong, China should learn from India’s healthy attitude to the British Empire

It makes no more sense to say Hong Kong’s colonial legacy is irrelevant to Chinese identity, than it does to say China’s constitution should be abolished because it originated in the Qing dynasty, writes Rana Mitter.

It makes no more sense to say Hong Kong’s colonial legacy is irrelevant to Chinese identity, than it does to say China’s constitution should be abolished because it originated in the Qing dynasty, writes Rana Mitter.

22 Aug 2020 - 10:11AM
On Reflection | After World War II, China valued its people’s personal freedoms. It should remember that

A delegation from China helped found the UN in 1945, when the Communist Party’s Dong Biwu spoke of ‘free elections’ and ‘free rights’ at home.

A delegation from China helped found the UN in 1945, when the Communist Party’s Dong Biwu spoke of ‘free elections’ and ‘free rights’ at home.

17 Aug 2020 - 4:47PM
Asian Angle | Britain thinks China is the new USSR or Japan. It needs to rethink

Could Britons one day gossip about China’s governors, share videos on Youku and monitor trends in Chongqing – while also speaking up on Hong Kong?

Could Britons one day gossip about China’s governors, share videos on Youku and monitor trends in Chongqing – while also speaking up on Hong Kong?

31 Jul 2020 - 7:48PM
On Reflection | In Hong Kong’s national security law era, echoes of Northern Ireland’s Troubles

The strange case of sovereignty in Northern Ireland shows the dangers, as well as the opportunities, that come when a patch of land is subject to two very different interpretations of its identity.

The strange case of sovereignty in Northern Ireland shows the dangers, as well as the opportunities, that come when a patch of land is subject to two very different interpretations of its identity.

11 Dec 2020 - 12:00PM
Asian Angle | George Floyd death: China is right to criticise the US on race. Next step, more Uygurs on politburo

Make diversity not a source of sarcasm about why America is worse, but instead a source of pride about why China does it better.

Make diversity not a source of sarcasm about why America is worse, but instead a source of pride about why China does it better.

7 Jun 2020 - 7:23AM
Asian Angle | China’s coronavirus ‘victory’ and Britain’s threat of a ‘reckoning’ show two countries out of touch with the post-Covid-19 future

If a post-Brexit Britain wants change in China, it needs to think about what that change is – and whether it has enough friends left who share those views.

If a post-Brexit Britain wants change in China, it needs to think about what that change is – and whether it has enough friends left who share those views.

3 Apr 2020 - 4:16PM
On Reflection | Coronavirus: why hygiene fears strike at the heart of modern China

China’s hygiene fixation is rooted in trying to combat colonialists. Decades on, it is exposing a problem with the country’s modernisation: an increasingly unhealthy lack of transparency.

China’s hygiene fixation is rooted in trying to combat colonialists. Decades on, it is exposing a problem with the country’s modernisation: an increasingly unhealthy lack of transparency.

9 Feb 2020 - 8:21AM
Asian Angle | Beijing should tell Taiwan and Hong Kong what it has to gain from them

Beijing has never made a clear case as to how it would integrate a lively liberal democracy into its polity. It has much work to do in this area.

Beijing has never made a clear case as to how it would integrate a lively liberal democracy into its polity. It has much work to do in this area.

17 Feb 2020 - 3:24PM
Opinion | Pro-democracy activists don’t worry China. Rather, Beijing is more nervous about young Maoists

Beijing’s raid on student activists and young Maoists reveals its anxiety about Mao Zedong’s legacy. Although Mao was dedicated to violent change, his legacy is more complex than that and he still commands respect among the Chinese.

Beijing’s raid on student activists and young Maoists reveals its anxiety about Mao Zedong’s legacy. Although Mao was dedicated to violent change, his legacy is more complex than that and he still commands respect among the Chinese.

23 Sep 2019 - 7:29AM
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.

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
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

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
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.

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
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.

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
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?

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
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.

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

14 Apr 2018 - 11:33AM
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.

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
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

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

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