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Covid Nationalism and Its Discontents in China

Between 2020 and 2022, China imposed a rigorous zero-Covid policy to control its spread and keep the infections and fatalities at or near zero. Stringent lockdowns, frequent PCR tests, and strict restrictions on entry into China were important features of this policy. Although extremely successful during the first two years of the pandemic in preventing the spread of deadly COVID-19 variants such as the Delta, the policy proved ineffective against the Omicron variant. This article examines China’s response to the spread of COVID-19, the framing of this response through nationalist narratives, and the eventual chaotic pivot from zero-Covid policy.

Tiny Times and the Dream of a 'Xiaokang Society' in China

The Chinese film Xiao Shidai or Tiny Times is a refl ection of Chinese attitudes and social aspirations in a market-oriented society. Despite being panned by film critics, it grossed a huge amount at the box-office patronised by the post-1990 generation who saw themselves in the four protagonists of the film. It has also set off a lively debate on materialism and consumerism in Chinese society.

Is There a Need for China Studies in India?

We need to understand China in a more complex, globalised, and intrinsically connected world, not only because of security concerns, but also due to issues such as the economy, the environment, and the scarcity of resources. Against the backdrop of the recent policy document entitled "Nonalignment 2.0: A Foreign and Strategic Policy for India in the Twenty First Century", this article argues that there is little interest within the Indian government, the leading think tanks, or the private sector in developing China studies in India at present.

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