China Policy Institute Blog

The Power of People-to-People Diplomacy in Japan-China Relations

Written by Zhiqun Zhu. International relations are traditionally conducted by national leaders, government officials and diplomats. Yet the power of citizen exchanges, or “people-to-people diplomacy”, is often underestimated. “People-to-people diplomacy”, as part of “public diplomacy”, complements traditional and formal diplomacy. It has significant impact on relations between nations since bilateral relations are not sustainable without …

Signal Left – Turn Right: Changing Chinese Attitudes towards the Palestinians

Written by Yitzhak Shichor. A few years ago I was talking in Jerusalem with two visiting researchers from the China Institute of International Studies (China’s Foreign Ministry research organ), saying that by promoting Palestinian independence Beijing undermines its own policy that denies the same right to China’s Uyghurs and Tibetans. No, they told me, you …

Taiwan in Japan’s historical narrative

Written by Alex Calvo. The coming 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War is not abating the debate over Japan’s historical responsibility and contemporary views of the conflict. To the contrary. Neither Beijing nor Seoul seem interested in renouncing this key aspect of their domestic and international narratives, while speculation continues about the …

China’s investment in Israel’s technology sector

Written by Sharone Tobias. Beijing’s focus on technological independence, sovereignty, and development as a core national security concern stretches back decades. Since his inauguration in 2012, Xi Jinping has renewed focus on technology as a means to greater economic development, national security, and Chinese power worldwide. Among Xi’s new initiatives is the Small Leading Group …

China’s attraction to “the cemetery of the great powers”

Written by Meron  Medzini. A Chinese diplomat is reported to have claimed that the Middle East is the cemetery of the great powers. The implication being that China should avoid at all costs being drawn into the seemingly endless Arab-Israel conflict and specifically the Israel-Palestinian imbroglio. However, given China’s growing dependence on imported oil, mainly from …

A positive role for China in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Written by Yiyi Chen. In 1954, leaders of China, India and Myanmar initiated Five Principles for handling international relations. These are mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit, and peaceful coexistence. Since then China has been a strict practitioner of the non-interference principle …

What drives China’s interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Written by Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat. In recent years, China has shown greater interest in exerting influence in the Middle East. In mid 2013, for example, Beijing invited both Palestinian and Israeli leaders for separate meetings to discuss the resumption of the Arab-Israeli conflict. In this meeting, Chinese leader Xi Jinping revealed his four-point peace proposal for …

China’s interests in preserving the Israeli-Palestinian impasse

Written by Robert R. Bianchi. As China acquires growing influence in the Middle East, it is inevitably drawn toward involvement in the region’s many conflicts, including long-festering disputes between Israelis and Palestinians. If and when China becomes more engaged in Middle East diplomacy, it probably stands to benefit whether Israeli-Palestinian relations improve or deteriorate, so …

China’s Diplomatic Initiatives on the Palestinian Issue: Hollow words or concrete solutions?

Written by Yoram Evron. In May 2013, during the (separate) state visits in China of president of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas and Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, China’s president Xi Jinping made a four-point proposal for settlement of the Palestinian question. About a year later, during the Gaza War, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi …

Firm for now: China’s support for the Oslo Accords

Written by Guy Burton. It has become common to hear talk about China as as global ‘rising power’ over the last 15 years. China has of course undergone substantial economic growth and development since the 1980s, and to sustain the trend it has required reliable trade flows and, in particular, reliable energy imports from the …