A key gap in strategic/academic circles across India is that while focus on broad-level happenings in/about China is met with expansive writing and assessment, the crux of China’s society, its domestic policies (which in an one-party authoritarian setup such as China’s are more often connected to broader international manoeuvres), and the impression China holds of other countries as well as small moves made by Beijing — which may appear random or disconnected with respect to global happenings but in actuality hold much insight— are not analyzed.

Furthermore, there is no organization that effectively looks at ‘chatter’ in sources like Weibo, WeChat, Telegram, Clubhouse, Instagram, Twitter and more to connect it with more overt moves by China in its foreign policy. The Organisation for Research on China and Asia (ORCA) seeks to address this very important gap in research. With assessments based on real-time, ground level chatter in and from China, we aim to add a new level of research insight to the understanding of how China perceives the world.

Our mission

To build

Knowledge, interest and understanding across sectors, professionals and laypeople regarding China’s innate perceptions of —and responses to—Asia and especially India

To assess

Data/resources that narrate the daily ‘chatter’ of China’s domestic circles on happenings both within China and involving China beyond its own borders.

To link

Data/resource collection with the broader political, diplomatic, cultural, economic and social developments taking place and their impact on India’s regional power, India-China ties and India’s national and economic security.

To ensure

The venture emerges as a go-to resource tool for policymakers, scholars, students and enthusiasts alike.

To implement

Research and data from social media ‘chatter’ in China to dedicated subsections focused on India and its concerns

To publish

Daily newsletters, monthly reports and frequent publications that are dedicated to deciphering broader strategic chatter and data

Our Publications

Conversations in Chinese Media is ORCA’s daily newsletter that analyzes Chinese social media, smaller publications, regional papers and press-releases by Chinese state departments in a bid to connect the same with more overt moves by Beijing across the world. CiCM Insights is analysis based on our daily newsletter.

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