Aaron Sarin

Aaron Sarin

Aaron Sarin is a freelance writer living in Sheffield, currently working on a book about the nation-state system, cultural universals, and global governance. He regularly contributes to seceder.co.uk.

The Vanishing of Peng Shuai

The Vanishing of Peng Shuai

We’ve always heard that the world is getting smaller, but in recent years it has seemed truer to say the opposite. Today, feminists in the West will squawk and squabble over the most incoherent questions (when is a man not a man, but a woman?) while raging against the

Aaron Sarin
Aaron Sarin
6 min read
Tibet’s Long Fight for Freedom

Tibet’s Long Fight for Freedom

In the eyes of Tibetan Buddhists, Tenzin Gyatso is the flesh-and-blood reincarnation of Avalokiteśvara, the thousand-armed bodhisattva of compassion. In the eyes of the Chinese Communist Party, he is “a wolf in monk’s clothing, a devil with a human face but the heart of a beast.” Tibet’s 14th

Aaron Sarin
Aaron Sarin
12 min read
Politics
Chinese Culture and the Red Line of Morality

Chinese Culture and the Red Line of Morality

Last week, members of China’s television, radio, and online entertainment sectors were made to attend a symposium in Beijing with the theme Love the Party, Love the Country, Advocate Morality and Art. They were instructed to abandon vulgarity, hedonism, the worship of money, and “extreme individualism.” These vague injunctions

Aaron Sarin
Aaron Sarin
6 min read
China
White Lotus, Red Dragon—China’s History of Millenarian Dissent

White Lotus, Red Dragon—China’s History of Millenarian Dissent

On a warm Wednesday evening in May 2014, six people walked into a McDonald’s in Zhaoyuan, on China’s north-east coast. Four of the group were members of the same family, including a 12-year-old boy. Within minutes of entering the restaurant, they had cornered a young mother and were

Aaron Sarin
Aaron Sarin
12 min read
History
Europe, China, and the New Global Hierarchy

Europe, China, and the New Global Hierarchy

Seen from Beijing, Europe is an Asian peninsula. ~Angela Merkel For more than 20 years the Chinese Communist Party engaged the world wearing the mask of smiling diplomacy, and for more than 20 years the world was fooled. We believed in such unlikely concepts as “Chimerica” and “

Aaron Sarin
Aaron Sarin
10 min read
Top Stories
China and the Question of Taiwan

China and the Question of Taiwan

There is no reasoning with someone who has built an entire worldview around the conviction that, as George Bernard Shaw put it, a particular country is the best in the world because they were born in it.1 Shaw’s stinging put-down was actually meant as a definition of patriotism,

Aaron Sarin
Aaron Sarin
11 min read
Security
A Brief History of China's One-Child Policy

A Brief History of China's One-Child Policy

Liu Fang once had the job of policing the women in her village. She made sure that none of them gave birth to a second child unless their first had been either female or disabled. Whenever she found an unauthorised pregnancy, she would urge the woman to abort. Today, however,

Aaron Sarin
Aaron Sarin
14 min read
History
China’s Stateless Nations

China’s Stateless Nations

I am from a city owned by a country that I don’t belong to. ~Frances Hui Maps of the global nation-state system show us a simplified picture of the world: “a totalizing classificatory grid,” as the political scientist Benedict Anderson famously put it.1 We need this grid for

Aaron Sarin
Aaron Sarin
11 min read
Human Rights