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Vaughan Winterbottom

Vaughan Winterbottom is a postgraduate researcher at the University of Oxford’s China Centre. He has worked as a freelance journalist for media outlets in China, Russia and Turkey. 

Articles by Vaughan Winterbottom (31)

  • Australia-China relations off the rails? Not so fast

    Former Australian ambassador to China Dr Stephen FitzGerald threw brickbats at the Abbott Government this week. In a guest post on John Menadue's blog, Fitzgerald took aim at the government for endangering Australia-China relations. He dates his criticism back to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's summoning of the Chinese ambassador to Australia in late November last year over the establishment of China's Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ). The move caused a diplomatic ruckus in China.
  • In China, 'constitutionalism' is a dirty word

    The sentencing of prominent civil society activist Xu Zhiyong on Sunday to four years' prison confirms what many have long suspected: the Chinese constitution isn't worth the paper it’s written on. Xu is the co-founder of the New Citizens' Movement, an organisation dedicated to the promotion of civic rights. He was officially charged with 'gathering a crowd to disturb public order'.
  • New year, old quarrels in China-Japan relations

    Sino-Japanese relations got off to a rocky start in January.  Chinese Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming kicked off a tit for tat diplomatic spat on the first day of the year. In the first paragraph of an op-ed published in The Telegraph, Liu likened Japanese militarism to Lord Voldemort, of Harry Potter notoriety.