China Policy Institute Blog

Reflections on Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement

It is half a year since Taiwanese university students and their supporters stormed the Legislative Yuan and occupied it for three weeks in an act of opposition to the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement negotiated between China and Taiwan. While their move was initiated by a perceived lack of transparency and disregard of legislative oversight, the student movement …

Pakistan and Beijing’s Xinjiang Problem

Written by Rizwan Zeb Xinjiang holds immense strategic significance for Beijing. It is also increasingly vulnerable as the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) continues its armed resistance against Beijing and seeks the establishment of a Muslim caliphate in East Turkistan as they call it. Some people believe that ETIM was responsible for a series of bomb blasts …

Human Resources as China’s National Power: Why Document No. 35 Is Not Enough

Written by Huang Wei. China’s State Council recently issued Implementation Opinions on Deepening the Reform of Admission System ([2014] No.35), which outlined the forthcoming reform in higher education admission. The guiding principle of the proposed reform is to enhance the fairness and efficiency of the selection of talent. Pilot reforms will start in 2014, expand …

China: Local incentives drive action on global climate change

Written by Da Zhang, Valerie J. Karplus and Zhang Xiliang. As countries ponder post-2020 action to halt global climate change, China has emerged as a more determined and prepared contributor. Why? The need to address climate change is closely linked to urgent domestic priorities such as cleaning up the air and steering the economy toward …

Multi-layered Sino-Pakistan relations

Written by  Abhirup Bhunia and Pravakar Sahoo. On the side-lines of the 14th SCO summit meeting, Chinese President Xi Jinping met Pakistani national security and foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz and confirmed that Pakistan remains its top priority. Pakistan sees China as its all-weather friend, and vice versa. Both China and Pakistan have had largely undemocratic …

A reappraisal of Pakistan-China relations

Written by Filippo Boni. The turmoil in Islamabad since 14 August, where protests led by the cleric Tahir-ul Qadri and the former cricket player Imran Khan brought violence into Islamabad’s red zone, has plunged Pakistan into political chaos yet again. Despite the elections in 2013, an historic moment as for the first time in the country’s history …

A tale of two border towns

Written by Alessandro Rippa For those who are accustomed to the experience of crossing land borders, particularly in the remote and mountainous regions of Central Asia, the idea that borders grow and spread into the territories they are meant to enclose is accepted knowledge. For instance, the Sino-Pakistani border at Khunjerab Pass expands to the 200-plus …

Strategic Ties Between China and Pakistan

Written by Ehsan M. Ahrari. One characterization of China-Pakistan ties is to label the relationship an “all weather alliance.” A more realistic depiction of it is to portray it as kaleidoscopic in nature. In such a relationship, China remains the dominant partner. However, even in that capacity, it seems to have concluded that the significance of …

Is China a leader or a laggard on Climate?

Written by David Holmes. As the world’s largest annual emitter of greenhouse gases, China is all too often held up as a pariah, thwarting international efforts to tackle climate change. Politicians in developed nations are often heard decrying any action on climate change at home  as inconsequential if China does not address its own emissions. But …

China takes the lead on emissions trading, but economic reform is needed

Written by Frank Jotzo. China has long had a string of regulatory policies that constrain its growing thirst for energy, and that aim to reign in coal consumption. But it looks like the country may be about to enter a new era, where market mechanisms are harnessed in pursuit of environmental and broader economic objectives. …