China Policy Institute Blog

China and Central and Eastern Europe: On the Fast Track

Written by Dragan Pavlićević. The 3rd Meeting of Heads of Government of China and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Countries, held in Belgrade on December 16-17, marked a new phase in the relationship between China and the CEE under the so-called 16+1 platform. While the previous two Meetings in Warsaw (2012) and Bucharest (2013 ) were …

Towards an Understanding of a Global China: A Latin American Perspective

Written by Ariel C. Armony. When we talk about China and its relationship with Latin America, we do so almost exclusively in economic terms. However, we also need to understand the political dimension of this relationship. One must be careful – this is not about ideologies of the left or right. Rather, it is about understanding …

Were Taiwan’s nine-in-one elections a referendum on Ma’s China policy?

Written by J. Michael Cole. The dust from the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) routing in the Nov. 29 local elections had yet to settle when analysts within the green camp started arguing that the results constituted a referendum on President M

Xi Jinping’s Nanking Massacre Commemoration and China’s Anti-Japanese Calendar

Written by Adam Cathcart. 2014 has been a banner year for the Chinese Communist Party’s politics of historical commemoration of the War of Resistance against Japan (1937-1945). As the Party has faced a host of internal challenges to its legitimacy from within and around its periphery, Xi Jinping and the CCP have remained steadfast in …

China’s Approach to the Syrian Crisis: Beyond the United Nations

Written by Yun Sun. The war in Syria warrants a unique mention in the history of contemporary Chinese foreign policy. In the context of this crisis, never before has China exercised its UN Security Council veto power as many times as it has over Syria. Out of the ten vetoes the People’s Republic of China …

China at the UN

Written by Peter Ferdinand. For China the UN represents the core institution in global governance – in 1997 Russia and China issued a joint declaration calling for a strengthened role for the UN in a new world order. In 2011 the BRICS states issued their Sanya Declaration after their annual summit in which they reiterated …

China’s Role in UN Peacekeeping: A Robust Shift?

Written by Chin-Hao Huang. In September 2014, China made an historic announcement that it would send a 700-strong infantry force to South Sudan as part of a UN peacekeeping mission. The decision came just eight months after the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) sent a motorized infantry brigade to Mali, another historic first in China’s involvement in …

“Terrorism” or Terrorism in Xinjiang?

Written by Oana Burcu. A decade after 9/11 focused attention on terrorism, there is still no common understanding or definition of what terrorism is. To add another layer of complexity, the use of language in media and political discourses further increases misunderstandings and creates misperceptions. For instance, western media outlets came under criticism from China when …

Norm Consumer, Norm Entrepreneur: China in the UN Peacekeeping Regime

Written by Courtney J. Fung. There are almost 130,000 UN peacekeepers in the field today, with over two thirds in active conflict zones. The United Nations is now in charge of the second largest fielded ‘army’ in the world, spread across sixteen diverse missions. China is a key UN player. A veto-empowered state, often leading …

Passive Activism: China and the Middle East in the UN

Written by Yitzhak Shichor. Having been excluded from the UN for over two decades, Mao’s China often condemned the UN as an evil organisation under whose auspices the United States, the Soviet Union and other member-states initiated intervention, intimidation and committed aggression against many countries, first and foremost China. In October 1971 China was admitted …