Statue of Chairman Mao outside the Dandong Train Station
Statue of Chairman Mao outside the Dandong Train Station
Statue of Chairman Mao outside the Dandong Railway Station — 27th January 2019


This is a photo-essay of a trip taken to Dandong, a city on the China/North Korean border. I was accompanied by two classmates: a crazy Kazakh guy by the name of Magzhan and Sathish, a witty, sarcastic and downright hilarious Indian. We visited for a weekend in early 2019 while students on a Master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The story is meant to be an account of my personal experience there, however, I’ve tried to colour the story with some historical background and facts about North Korea and China. Those details have been taken from different resources…

This essay examines ‘The Battle of the Hundred Regiments’, a series of skirmishes during the second Sino Japanese War between the forces of the Chinese Communist Party and the Imperial Japanese Army in northern China between August — December 1940, through the lens of Mao Zedong’s ‘On Protracted War’ and Sun Tzu’s ‘The Art of War’.

Lyman van Slyke’s study of the event, ‘The Battle of the Hundred Regiments: Problems of Coordination and Control during the Sino-Japanese War’ is used as the source material for the details of the conflict, which are then examined in the context of remarks on…

Smog in Shanghai


China’s rapid economic growth since the start of the reform and opening period in 1978 has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and made vast improvements to the quality of life for the majority of Chinese citizens. However, rapid economic development comes at a price. In the push to industrialise, environmental standards and social safety nets were ignored or cast aside in the race to achieve higher GDP growth rates.

Healthcare Provision — From Socialism to Reform & Opening

Nowhere was this more evident than in the countryside. During the Mao era, the Chinese health care…

Through literature, news articles and propaganda, we are often told that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Chinese Government is a meritocratic organization, where all senior Government officials have earned their way to the top by proving themselves worthy over decades of ruling experience. The oft-cited comparison is that made with Barack Obama, who was one of the youngest American Presidents, elected to office at age 47, and who had not previously been a leader in American politics before being elected to the highest position in the land. When compared with Chinese politics, Obama may not have even been…

Philip Callan

Irish — interested in History (war, genocide, famine), Geopolitics (relations with China), Business of Football. Schwarzman Scholar 2019

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