China Policy Institute Blog

1914, Air Sea Battle, and Sino-American Security Relations: Advantage Offense!

Written by Gregory Moore. This fall, as I taught my “Introduction to International Relations” course in which we discussed the start of World War One as case, and in the midst of many interesting revisitations of the centenary anniversary of the start of WWI in the international media, a very chilling realization came to me …

China’s ‘Malacca Dilemma’ and the future of the PLA

Written by Malcolm Davis. The life-blood of China’s economy is energy. Without access to energy resources, China’s economy will slow, and its prosperity will wane, it will become more vulnerable to internal social and political disorder and the CCP’s grip on power will weaken.[1] Therefore, ensuring China’s energy security affects its foreign and defence policy, …

Searching for Inner Peace in Sino-Indian Relations: Xi and Modi’s Buddhist Diplomacy

Written by Peter Martin. Sino-Indian relations lack depth. Leaders of the two countries have long exchanged platitudes about the ancient ties that bind them together, but this has remained a remarkably shallow bilateral relationship, focused on the politics of territorial competition at the expense of business, economics, culture and history. That’s what makes some of …

Japan’s election: Abe is the best option for peace and stability in East Asia

Written by Alex Calvo. The announcement of an early election in Japan has been accompanied by intense debate on the state of the country’s economy and the success or otherwise of the package of policies known as “Abenomics”. While the economy is likely to remain the focus of the election campaign, we should be aware …

Sunny Days and Nuclear Disasters: The China Factor in Taiwan’s Local Elections

Written by Stefan Fleischauer. Taiwan is gearing up for the largest slate of local elections it has ever seen to date. On 29 November, more than 11100 public servants will be voted into office in the so-called “nine-in-one” elections. One topic that has baffled many observers is whether the “Sunflower Movement”, the unprecedented occupation of …

Three reasons to follow Taiwan’s 9-in-1 elections

Written by Michal Thim. On November 29, Taiwan will experience its own ‘mid-term’ elections. This time unprecedented for at least three reasons. Firstly, it is for the first time that altogether 9 different elections will be combined on single voting day. Over 11,000 seats are up for election, including: 1) 6 mayors of the Special Municipalities …

Campaign Ads and Taiwan’s Electoral Demography

Written by Wen-Ti Sung. After well over half a year of campaigning, Taiwan’s “nine-in-one” mega-election will conclude in little over a week. As campaigns enter the final dash before the finish line, the principal message in their ads and punditry has begun to shift gear. Campaign messages in Taiwan seem to follow a consistent three-act …

Two Faces of Xi Jinping’s Regional Diplomacy

Written by Xiaoyu Pu. Largely abandoning Deng Xiaoping’s low-profile approach in global affairs, Xi Jinping has been pursuing more pro-active diplomacy. In 2013, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) held a major conference on China’s regional diplomacy. Since then, Beijing has initiated major programs on regional cooperation, and has hosted various high-profile multilateral meetings. Most recently …

Film History and Public Memory in Taiwan

Written by Ming-Yeh T. Rawnsley. Japanese actress Yoshiko Yamaguchi (aka Li Xianglan or Ri Koran李香蘭) passed away on 7 September 2014 at the age of 94. The media coverage in Taiwan was subdued. Prior to the news about her death, the last time the Taiwanese media mentioned Li was in 1990 when Hong Kong pop star …

Rethinking the cross Strait economic relationship

Written by Chun-Yi Lee. Taiwanese investments in China started in 1987. Since that time, academic research on Taiwanese investment across the Strait has been dominated by perspectives from political economy. Nowadays, aside from the traditional scholarly concerns about trade and investment across the Strait and in Greater China, academics have begun to pay attention to the …