Frances Kitt is a former Research Associate in the International Security and East Asia Programs at the Lowy Institute, where she had a focus on foreign policy, politics, and geoeconomics in China and Korea. Frances gained professional experience working in North Korea on cultural affairs and in London at Asia House, holds a Master of Philosophy in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Cambridge, and studied on scholarships at Seoul National University, National Cheng Kung University, and Beijing Normal University.
Australia and Germany should work together on China
Both regions would benefit from exchanges to strengthen democratic resilience in the face of Chinese influence.
Off beat: China’s hip-hop ban
An act of censorship serves domestic ends and to project a controlled version of soft power on an international stage.
China’s agenda behind inter-Korean talks
Beijing has three aims, but it all leads back to rivalry with the US.
China: No country for old men?
Whether Wang Qishan remains on the Politburo Standing Committee despite his age could be an indicator of President Xi Jinping's political insecurities.
How China’s media framed the Hong Kong handover anniversary
Hong Kong symbolises the Chinese Communist Party’s quest to consolidate legitimacy and power.
CommentaryWhat Otto Warmbier's Death Means for Policymakers
Originally published in the Diplomat. Frances Kitt
In China, changing online attitudes towards Korea
Shen Zhihua’s remarks and the response on Weibo are just one aspect of a broader discussion over China’s posture towards the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea: ‘A most enterprising country’
The myth told and re-told in the West is that North Korea, the 'hermit kingdom' and 'pariah state', is cut off from the outside world.
How would a President Moon Jae-in approach North Korea and China?
If Moon Jae-in wins the Blue House, his stance on THAAD will be a good indicator of how much influence China can have over South Korea’s foreign policy.