Links to sources on China


News and Media

Official Media (remember that any official media of the Chinese government or Communist Party are not really media in the sense that we know them. They are simply statements of government policy in the guise of news. They are useful in telling China watchers what the government and party thinks of many issues and events.  However, not everyone in the government and party agrees with everyone else in the government and party.  Factional disagreements may be reflected in published media)

·       China Daily (official Chinese government newspaper)

·       People's Daily (official paper of the Chinese Communist Party)

·       People’s Daily in English (if this doesn’t work go to the above Chinese link and find a link to the English version)

·       Xinhua News Agency (official Chinese government news)

·       China Internet Corporation (run by Xinhua News Agency an official government news service)

·       China Central Television (CCTV - official Chinese government TV)

·       Shanghai Star (the local daily in Shanghai)

·       Beijing Review (weekly with news on China)


Independent news on China (independent media from regional and international sources)

·       Apple Daily (independent tabloid newspaper in Hong Kong -- flashy, sensationalized, with good investigative reporting. In Chinese only as of now)

·       China Informed (independent compilation of news on China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong)

·       China Top News (In Chinese)

·       Hong Kong News Net (compilation of news on China and HK)

·       Inside China Today (independent news on China, published by the European Internet Network)

·       Muzi Lateline Newswire (compilation of news stories on China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong)

·       Sinopolis (compilation of news on China from official and non-government sources)

·       South China Morning Post (the best English language daily newspaper in Hong Kong; still an independent newspaper to a certain extent, but it can be influenced by Chinese and Hong Kong governments. Their best political reporter on China, Willy Wo Lap Lam, was fired for being too critical of the Communist party)

·       The Standard (also an excellent free and independent newspaper out of Hong Kong)

·       World News Network – China (compilation of news stories on China from around the world)



·       China’s Constitution

·       News of the Communist Party of China (official; for reports on individual Party Congresses, see the left side of the page)

·       Official Report on the 17th National Party Congress (2007)

·       Official Report on the 16th National Party Congress (2002)

·       Information on the State Council of China (its cabinet, from People’s Daily – good links to official information)

·       Ministry of Commerce (formerly the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Competition)

·       Ministry of Education

·       Ministry of Finance

·       Ministry of Foreign Affairs

·       Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation 

·       Ministry of National Defense

·       Ministry of Science and Technology

·       People’s Bank of China (official government bank, like US Federal Reserve in theory, but very different considering the nature of the government role in the Chinese economy)

·       Chinese Embassy to the US in Washington DC (a great place to look for information on the Communist Party/Chinese government positions on most issues)

·       Chinese Embassy’s suggested links for information on China – notice how the links on Taiwan and Tibet are entitled)

·       Official Government White Papers (policy statements on key issues)

·       White Paper on “Building Political Democracy in China” (issued by the State Council in October 2005)



·       Chinese Nuclear Weapons (Federation of American Scientists)

·       Chinese Intelligence and Military Capabilities (Federation of American Scientists)

·       Project on Defense Alternatives (think tank), Chinese Military Power page

·       Chinese military doctrine (from Federation of American Scientists)

·       Georgetown University’s Center for Strategic and International Studies, Cross-Strait Security Initiative

·       Stimson Center resources on China-Taiwan Cross-Strait Relations

·       Taiwan Security Research (Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University page which compiles everything written about Chinese, Taiwanese, and Northeast Asian security)

Chinese Government Sources

·       China’s National Defense 2008 (White Paper issued by the State Council)

·       China’s National Defense 2006 (White Paper issued by the State Council)

·       China’s National Defense 2004 (White Paper issued by the State Council)


US Government sources

·       Annual Reports to the Congress on the Military Power of the People’s Republic of China (US Dept. of Defense reports; these are available through this site maintained by the Federation of American Scientists; this site also contains other documents and sources on Chinese military power, governmental (US and China) and non-governmental)

·       US National Intelligence Council, National Intelligence Estimates on China (1948-1976)

·       US Pacific Command (the military command that operates US military capabilities in the Far East)

·       US State Department news on China

·       US Embassy to China

·       US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (created by the US Congress to “monitor, investigate, and submit to congress an annual report on the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, and to provide recommendations, where appropriate, to Congress for legislative and administrative action.”

·       Congressional Executive Commission on China (created by the US Congress to monitor human rights and the rule of law in China)


Security resources that might have lots of information on China, but do not focus on China exclusively.

·       American Enterprise Institute (AEI): leans conservative, but is not too ideological

·       Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BSCIA): The Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University) does some of the best analyses of international affairs and national security and publishes the best journal on international affairs, International Security, which can be accessed online through the VCU online journal systems.

·       Brookings Institution: Centrist Non-profit organization that watches over world political trends and also includes many former government officials

·       Carter Center: Former President Carter established this Center to examine international issues, host conferences, and mediate international conflicts.

·       Cato Institute: Right of center think tank that conducts research on foreign policy, national security, and economic policy, as well as domestic political issues.

·       Center for American Progress (center-left think tank)

·       Center for National Policy (center-left think tank which does some national security work)

·       Center for Non-proliferation Studies (CNS) at the Monterrey Institute of International Studies, which is one of the best sources on information on the spread of weapons of mass destruction

·       Center for Strategic and International Affairs (CSIS): attached to Georgetown University. It produces reports on national security, and is filled with ex-government officials

·       China Security (a US-based academic journal)

·       Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO): Columbia University’s compilation of papers, journals, web sites, and other resources on international affairs. It’s no a think tank itself, but collects information from think tanks, government, and other academic circles on international affairs and national security. You may need to use your VCU password and login to get into this system.

·       Council on Foreign Relations: The most prestigious non-profit organization that examines foreign affairs and national security. It publishes the journal Foreign Affairs

·       Federation of American Scientists (FAS): Non-profit organization that watches over world military trends

·       Global Security.Org (excellent resources for international diplomatic, military, and political issues)

·       Heritage Foundation: Right of center think tank that conducts research on foreign policy, national security, and economic policy, as well as domestic political issues.

·       Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA): Non-profit think tank that does a lot of work for the US government on national security issues. Much of its research is available online.

·       National Security Archive: This is a non-profit organization that gets the US government to declassify documents relating to US foreign affairs (through Freedom of Information Act requests) then makes those documents available to the public. Some are available on line. All are available at the Archive itself (In George Washington University’s library. You can contact the Archive and make an appointment to go there.) Some are also available to purchase in sets.

·       Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Non-profit organization that watches over world military trends

·       Nixon Center: Non-Profit organization that studies foreign and national security policy, leans toward republican ideas

·       Nuclear Threat Initiative (non-profit, non-partisan group that analyzes and lobbies on nuclear proliferation issues)

·       Project for a New American Century: Think tank that espouses and develops neoconservative views.

·       Rand Corporation: US government funded think-tank, but its reports are designed to analyze government policy, not justify it. (In other words, it is honest analytically)

·       Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI): Non-profit organization that watches over world military trends

·       Henry L. Stimson Center: Non-profit organization that watches over world political and military trends, in particular United nations peace operations

·       Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the US Army War College


Human Rights and Minority Rights Issues

·       Amnesty International (frequently has reports on China)

·       Human Rights In China (New York based group that monitors human rights violations in China)

·       Human Rights Watch -- Asia: Reports on China

·       China Human Rights Web (an academic site for documenting China’s human rights policies)

·       Support Democracy in China home page (US-based private organization that promotes the freeing of dissidents and the building of democracy in China)

·       US State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Country Reports on Human Rights can be found through this site

·        Tibet Home Page (run by the Tibet Study Association)

·       Tibetan Government in Exile

·       Tibet Online (NGO supporting Tibetan independence)

·       International Tibet Support Network (coalition of NGOs supporting Tibetan human rights)

·       Free Tibet (an NGO)

·       International Campaign for Tibet (an NGO)

·       World Uyghur Congress (an NGO calling for independence for the Uyghurs of Xinjiang province in China; be careful of this site. It is often under attack by China-based hackers, so it is teeming with viruses)