China Policy Institute Blog

The ‘United Front’ Unveiled: Through The Looking Glass on Cross-Strait Relations

Written by Ben Goren. In a ground-breaking paper in the Journal Of Current Chinese Affairs entitled The KMT–CCP Forum: Securing Consent for Cross-Strait Rapprochement, André Beckershoff examines the close relationship between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The relationship between the two political parties has previously been the subject of debate …

CPI Blog on hiatus over spring break

The blog will take a break from regular service for a couple of weeks. I will publish the odd piece from time to time, and we will resume normal service from the start of May. There is some really great stuff lined up, beginning with a special issue on Chinese civil society organizations. I need to …

Xi trains his sights on the PLA

Written by Samantha Hoffman. On 31 March, state media reported that General Gu Junshan, former deputy director of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) General Logistics Department, had been charged with “suspicion of corruption, bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power”. This gives Gu the distinction of becoming the highest-ranking PLA official to be publicly charged in the …

Protest Songs and Taiwanese Identity in the Sunflower Movement

Written by Marie-Alice McLean-Dreyfus. The current protests in Taiwan point to the emergence of a unified and more clearly articulated definition of what it means to be ‘Taiwanese’.  In what has been a movement characterised by symbols, (from its name the Sunflower movement, to the ubiquity of black Facebook profile pictures on Taiwanese people Facebook pages), …

In Defense of the Sunflower Movement

Written by J. Michael Cole. Aside from shedding light on a poorly crafted and potentially harmful services trade pact with China, Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement has performed an extraordinary, if under-appreciated, service to the country by sparking a necessary societal debate on the meaning of democracy. Ironically, the great majority of the Sunflowers’ detractors, both in the …

Sunflower Students Join Lilies and Strawberries in making Taiwanese History

Written by Ben Goren. At six o’clock on Monday April 7, twenty one days after starting their historic occupation of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan main chambers, the representatives of the ‘Sunflower Student Movement’ held a press conference to announce that they would end this phase of their mobilisation on April 10.  Despite a pervasive ‘blackout’ of …

Using Model Cases to Guide the Chinese Courts

Written by Susan Finder. One of the initiatives of the Supreme People’s Court (hereafter the Court) highlighted in its October 2013 judicial reform plan is “to expand fully the important role of leading cases and cases for reference”. Stanford Law School has a project devoted to translating and analyzing “leading cases”, which are cases so …

China’s principle of intervention

Written by Miwa Hirono. Until the turn of the century, China’s response towards international conflicts had been based on the principle of non-intervention affirmed at the Bandung Conference in 1955. However, since the beginning of the 2000s, it seems China has begun to take mixed approaches to dealing with various international conflicts, ranging from a …

Debunking the Myths About Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement

Written by J. Michael Cole. In the absence of knowledge, fall back on conspiracies. This is what many foreign analysts and the Taiwanese government have done as they try to explain — and more importantly deal with — the activists’ occupation of the Legislative Yuan (LY), which is now on its eighteenth day. According to …

Revisiting China’s Non-Interference Policy Towards Intrastate Wars

Written by Mordechai Chaziza and Ogen S. Goldman. Since its foundation, Beijing has experienced several major shifts in its behaviour towards the outside world. As a long-time champion of equal sovereignty, non-interference and peaceful resolution of conflicts, China has displayed extreme caution in refraining from interfering in the domestic affairs of other countries and from endorsing the …