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What is Pekingnology?

Pekingnology offers accurate English translations of publicly available primary source materials in Chinese Mandarin, often with explanatory notes. It is not shy of widely quoting Western mainstream reports and analyses. It sometimes offers personal observation and assessments.

The subjects covered in Pekingnology, as the name suggests, are current events related to China.

Pekingnology was founded in May 2020 but wasn’t frequently updated until around October 2020.

Its content has been recommended, cited, or linked in major Western mainstream media, Times of India, SupChina, the China Research Group newsletter, and others, largely because Pekingnology has been regarded as being able to float valuable open-sourced information otherwise unnoticed in the West.

For example, Bloomberg credited Pekingnology as a source in one report on Elon Musk. The Times of India published an entire report based on a Pekingnology article. Pekingnology was briefly profiled on Bloomberg and The Guardian in 2021.

At one time in 2021, the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post had to issue a correction, respectively, as a result of a Pekingology article.

Who is behind Pekingnology?

Me. My name is 王子辰 Zichen Wang. I’m the founder and writer of this newsletter. Pekingnology is a personal product. If you happen to find any views in Pekingnology, they belong to me personally and NOT ANYBODY ELSE, regardless of who my employer was or is.

After growing up and earning a bachelor’s degree in the Chinese mainland, I joined as a journalist with Xinhua News Agency in July 2011. I worked for Xinhua for a bit over 11 years, at its Heilongjiang Provincial Bureau (Harbin, 4 years), Shandong Provincial Bureau (Ji’nan, 2.5 years), European Regional Bureau (Brussels, 2.5 years), and then headquarters (Beijing, about 2 years).

Starting October 2022, I’m Deputy Director and Research Fellow at the Center for China and Globalization (CCG), a leading non-government think tank in China, founded and led by Dr. Henry Wang Huiyao.

The Chinese government does NOT have a budget for CCG, so the think tank relies on donations from corporates and individuals, as well as income from services to public and private sectors such as convening, training, research, consulting, and bespoke advice. Feel free to reach out to me at zichenwanghere AT gmail DOT com.

Sometimes, I have people who help write the Pekingnology and they are always publicly identified.

Who subscribes to Pekingnology?

Pekingnology has subscribers in the number of high thousands. They include government officials, diplomats, correspondents, editors, think-tankers, professors, lawyers, investors, analysts, and other professionals with keen interests if not a stake in China.

The Beijing embassy of one permanent member of the United Nations Security Council called Pekingnology 在北京外交界广泛引用 “widely cited in Beijing’s diplomatic community.”

You are most welcome to quote from Pekingnology. I’d appreciate it if you could include a web link to this newsletter and it would be even better if you can drop a note after that. Feedback is most welcome.

Some popular articles so far (as of Sept 2022)

Ren Zhengfei sends chill down Huawei & economy
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei’s reportedly dire warning of Huawei’s make-it-or-break-it moment against a global recession spread like wildfire on Chinese social media on Tuesday, August 23 afternoon. Ren is perhaps China’s most revered entrepreneur for not only holding the ICT (information and communications technology) giant together against U.S. persecut…
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Ukraine as a Solution by Shiping Tang
Pekingnology today is proud to publish Ukraine as a Solution by Professor Shiping Tang 唐世平. Prof. Tang is Cheung Kong Distinguished Professor, Ministry of Education, China; Fudan Distinguished Professor & Dr. Seaker Chan Chair Professor, School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA), Fudan University…
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Who Really Owns Huawei? A response to Professors Balding and Clarke
In April 2019, Prof. Christopher Balding, then with Fulbright University Vietnam, and Prof. Donald C. Clarke, with George Washington University Law School, published a hugely influential article Who Owns Huawei? That article, casting big doubt over China’s highest-profile tech giant Huawei’s self-claimed employee-ownership structure, received wide intern…
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Senior Chinese banker on the mortgage boycotts
A lot of ink has been spilled over China’s real estate industry lately, especially some homebuyers’ declaration that they will not repay the principal and interest of their mortgages, now that their apartments are not being built by developers, many of whom have…
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Huawei founder's observation of Japan's "lost decade"
“If there’s a Darth Vader in the minds of Chinese national security hawks in Washington worried about China’s rising tech power, it’s Ren (Zhengfei).” said a Bloomberg story in 2018, conveying the enormous Western doubts and concerns in the founder of Huawei…
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Justin Yifu Lin: How China avoided transition collapse
Pekingnology today presents 中国在过去40年间向市场经济的转型之路 China’s transition to market economy in the last four decades by Justin Yifu Lin. Professor Lin, formerly Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank, 2008-2012, is Dean of Institute of New Structural Economics, Dean of Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development, and Professor and …
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China has promised not to ask Chinese tech companies for overseas data
The article has been updated on July 10. The updated part is highlighted and noted. Let me for the zillionth time underline that Pekingnology is a personal newsletter and doesn’t represent the view of anybody else.Thanks for reading Pekingnology! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work…
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Localized Bargaining: The Political Economy of China's High-Speed Railway Program
Pekingnology is privileged to share an exclusive excerpt from the new book Localized Bargaining: The Political Economy of China's High-Speed Railway Program, just published by Oxford University Press (and available on Amazon). The author is 马啸 Xiao Ma…
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China's Land Finance by Lan Xiaohuan
Pekingnology is privileged to publish an excerpt from the 2021 Chinese bestseller《置身事内:中国政府与经济发展》Embedded Power: Chinese Government and Economic Development by 兰小欢 Lan Xiaohuan, Associate Professor (with tenure), School of Economics, Fudan University…
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Zichen Wang
Formerly with Xinhua for 11 years. Now with the Center for China and Globalization (CCG), a leading non-government thinktank in China.