Archive of Kendrick Kuo

Kendrick Kuo is a China specialist pursuing graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. You can follow him on Twitter at @KendrickKuotes.

Kendrick has written 20 articles at Registan.


Conceptualizing Chinese Continentalism

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People have used a variety of phrases to describe the emerging phenomenon of Chinese relations with Eurasia and the Middle East. The most prominent to emerge from China itself was Peking University professor Wang Jisi’s “March West” (xijin) strategy (pictured above). This vision was outlined in a widely read Global Times essay in October 2012, which highlighted the […]

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Mes Aynak saga continues

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The Mes Aynak mine in Afghanistan garnered much attention when surveyors discovered cultural artifacts at the site. Not only is the mine a 9,800-acre archeological wonderland, it is the home of 5.5 million metric tons of copper ore. China signed a $3 billion contract with the Afghan government to develop Mes Aynak, but the project […]

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Kunming: China’s 9/11?

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On March 1, in the Kunming train station, eight assailants with foot-long knives killed at least 29 people and injured 143 others. To discuss this event and its surrounding issues, Julia Famularo, Raffaello Pantucci, Alessandro Rippa, and Andrew Small came on China Pivots West for a roundtable. To listen online, here. To subscribe, here. Julia Famularo is […]

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China’s all-weather friend in Pakistan

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On the newest episode of China Pivots West, ANDREW SMALL discusses the topic of his new book The China-Pakistan Axis–the often neglected relationship between Beijing and Islamabad. As someone who has traveled and done research in the region, Small is uniquely qualified to comment on this important facet of Chinese foreign policy. We also touch on the complicating […]

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Uighur anthropology in Xinjiang and Pakistan

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In a new China Pivots West episode, ALESSANDRO RIPPA discusses the state of Xinjiang studies, anthropological field work, the Uighur community in Pakistan, and the challenges of conducting research in China. Alessandro Rippa is pursuing his PhD at the University of Aberdeen. He studies China’s western regions and is an expert on Uyghur issues. He is […]

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How China Develops Its Counterterrorism Capability

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The effects of the Tiananmen Square incident continue to ripple through China, but surprisingly little has been said about what China has done in the field of counterterrorism. A vehicle ran through crowds of tourists and was lit on fire in front of the entrance to the Forbidden City under the gaze of Chairman Mao […]

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Sino-Russian National Identities

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In a new episode of China Pivots West about about China and Russian national identities, GILBERT ROZMAN discusses the concept of national identity, its use as an analytical tool to understand foreign policy, and its application to China and Russia. Rozman’s forthcoming book, The Sino-Russian Challenge to the World Order: The Impact of National Identities on International Relations, […]

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The Dragon and the Magi

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A new episode of China Pivots West is now available. In this conversation about Sino-Iranian relations, JOHN GARVER and ZACHARY KECK discuss Chinese and Iranian strategic posturing, convergent and divergent interests, Iran’s nuclear program, and future prospects. John Garver is Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology and authored China and Iran: […]

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Sino-American Cooperation in the Middle East?

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It sounds bizarre to talk about cooperation between the United States and China in the Middle East. Beijing’s ravenous appetite for energy has naturally led it to the Middle East, particularly the GCC states and Iran. There is little doubt that China has emerged as a player in the Middle East in its drive for […]

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Touring Central Asia with Xi Jinping

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A new episode of the China Pivots West podcast features Alexander Cooley, Professor of Political Science at Barnard College. Cooley is a well-known Central Asia and Russia expert whose most recent book, Great Games, Local Rules, quickly became a must read for Central Asia watcher. He came on to the show to briefly discuss the […]

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