Chinese Doubt Their Own Soft Power Venture

Lotus Ruan, October 2014


Not only have American partners begun fighting back against what they views as threats to academic freedom, but many Chinese view the soft-power initiative as a waste of money.


China's Bizarre Fixation on a 23-Year-Old Woman

Lotus Ruan, August 2014


Guo Meimei is being used to represent all that's wrong with Chinese charities -- and maybe China itself.

Just How Free Is Shanghai's Free Trade Zone?

Lotus Ruan, October 2013


After months of speculation, the Shanghai Free Trade Zone became a reality on Sept. 29. But many Chinese have reacted to the launch with skepticism, questioning how "free" the free trade zone will really be.