China Policy Institute Blog

The Three Gorges Dam: China’s Clean Energy Hero or Villain?

Written by Christopher Dent. Hydropower remains by far the world’s dominant renewable energy source for producing electricity, still well over twice the combined installed global capacity of wind and solar. China accounts for over a quarter of worldwide hydropower installed worldwide, having embarked on the world’s most ambitious large dam-building programme since the 1990s. By …

Hong Kong’s Window on China, Mahathir, and Democratic Change

Written by William Case. We know much about what Southeast Asia’s leaders think of China. They are divided in their outlooks, but we can reasonably group them. Among those in closest proximity to China, some leaders have come to resent what they see as the country’s imperiousness, manifest in the skewed terms of its infrastructural projects …

Shock and ore: Chinese interest in Greenland’s mines

Written by Jichang Lulu. Chinese mining in Greenland has triggered a political crisis and a good deal of geopolitical speculation, complete with indignant responses from the Chinese government and state-owned press. All that attention without any operations actually existing. While interest in Greenland’s ores from government institutions and both state-owned and private enterprises reached a high …

Princes and merchants in Sino-British relations

Written by Jackie Sheehan. In the run-up to Prince William’s visit to China, possibly too much was made of the delicate diplomacy that would be required of him to make a success of the trip. Really, all he had to do to have the visit judged more successful than the preceding ones of his father …

Russian perceptions of China in the Arctic

Written by Alex Calvo. The debate on Russo-Chinese relations in the Arctic has become more intense in the last few months as western sanctions have prompted Moscow to rely more on China in the energy arena. News of greater scope for Chinese corporations to invest in the Arctic have been accompanied by reports of other …

Fighting the Water Giant: Lawsuits against Veolia in China

Written by Wang Xinhong and Hermann Aubié. One month ago in Lanzhou, a heavily industrialized city of 3.6 million people in the northwestern province of Gansu, a district court accepted the filing of four lawsuits by fourteen citizens against Lanzhou Veolia Water Company after almost a year of struggle. From “Rumour” to Reality The cause …

Inequality in China and the impact on women’s rights

Written by Eileen Otis. In 1995, China hosted the Fourth World Conference on Women, which produced the Beijing Platform for Action, a document outlining concrete measures to achieve gender equality worldwide. Last week, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon declared “Women are not just victims; they are agents of progress and change,” at the 59th meeting …

How China’s interests fit with the Arctic States’

Written by Kai Sun. With the melting of the sea ice at the top of the world, and the driving forces of globalization, the Arctic has moved from periphery towards the center of world politics. The eight Arctic states have issued or updated their strategies/policies in the region over the past few years, elucidating their …

China’s evolving policy toward the Palestinian-Israeli conflict

Written by Manochehr Dorraj. China’s general policy toward the Middle East under Mao was preoccupied with isolating Taiwan and garnering support for the recognition of People’s Republic. China’s policy toward Palestinian-Israeli conflict was marked by a strong rhetorical support for the Palestinian cause. This was in accordance with China’s general support for the national liberation …

China’s market in stolen babies dates back decades

Written by Jackie Sheehan. The figures in a recent BBC report on the abduction and selling of babies and children in China are shocking – even if it is happening in the world’s most populous country and has a seriously overstretched police force. The US State Department, which monitors what countries are doing to stop …