The China Quarterly (CQ) is a British double-blind peer-reviewed academic journal which was established in 1960 and focuses on contemporary China and Taiwan. It is the most important research journal about China in the world and is published by the Cambridge University Press. It covers anthropology, business, literature, the arts, economics, geography, history, international affairs, law, politics, and sociology. Each issue contains articles and research reports, and a book review section. The China Quarterly is owned by the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Its current editor-in-chief is Tim Pringle.
The China Quarterly began as an offshoot of Soviet Survey, a journal published by the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF). Walter Laqueur, the editor of Soviet Survey, asked sinologist Roderick MacFarquhar to edit the new journal in 1959, and the first issue was released in 1960. Publication of the journal was eventually transferred in 1968 from the CCF to the Contemporary China Institute at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. The transfer followed the revelation that the CCF was funded by the Central Intelligence Agency; MacFarquhar stated that he "never knew about this relationship and had certainly not been subjected to attempts to 'control' my editorship from Paris [the location of the CCF]." However, he admitted to knowingly publishing articles provided by the CIA and the British Foreign Office's covert propaganda unit, the Information Research Department, and giving the authors pseudonyms to keep their identities secret. David Wilson succeeded MacFarquhar as editor in 1968.
In August 2017 Cambridge University Press (CUP), the publisher, confirmed it had removed access to more than 300 articles from readers in China following pressure from Chinese government. Cambridge University Press subsequently reversed its decision and restored the articles. Cambridge University Press stated they blocked this material in China to avoid having their entire publication blocked. The press published a list of the articles removed which included sensitive topics such as ethnic tensions in Xinjiang and Tibet, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, Pro-democracy movements in Hong Kong and the negative effects of the Cultural Revolution. Several academics criticised the decision of Cambridge University Press to self-censor, however CUP stated that it was "troubled by the recent increase in requests of this nature" and was committed to academic freedom.
The Guardian reported the censorship was part of a broader crack-down on dissent since Xi Jinping became the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China in 2012.
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