China Policy Institute Blog

Beijing’s Hong Kong dilemma

Written by Stephen Morgan. Speculation is rife about how the Chinese Party-State will handle the Hong Kong protests against the 31 August decision to restrict selection of the candidates for the 2017 election of the Hong Kong SAR Chief Executive. Tens of thousands have filled the streets. The Admiralty area has been shutdown since the …

Beijing face to face with universal suffrage promise

Written by Surya Deva. After days on the streets, thousands of Hong Kong residents are still occupying several major streets of their city. Already nicknamed as the “umbrella movement” because of protesters’ use of umbrellas to shield against the police’s pepper spray, this is the fruit of indifference from both Beijing and the local government …

Finding Equilibrium: Czech-China-Taiwan Relations

Written by Martin Lavicka. Since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, relations between Czech Republic and the PRC have undergone a long and somewhat interesting journey, one full of turbulence. Until 1989, the relationship between the two countries, former Czechoslovakia and China, followed a similar path to the relations between …

What can the US and China learn from the “Special Relationship”?

Written by Xu Ruike. Six British Tornado fighter jets have participated in US-led air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq following the British Parliament gave its approval by a vote of 524 to 43 on September 26th. This is the latest example of Anglo-American solidarity in the face of a common threat. More …

The Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong: a second Tiananmen?

Written by John Keane. Are political developments in Hong Kong heading for a second Tiananmen massacre? A fortnight ago, partly to provoke discussion, partly to sound an alarm, I suggested in a radio interview that unless the Chinese government wisely handled the fast-unfolding dynamics, things in Hong Kong might well come to that. At the …

Protests a warning to China of dangers posed by Hong Kong wealth gap

Written by Damian Tobin. The pro-democracy protesters in the streets of Hong Kong, once again confront Beijing with the age-old conundrum of how to balance authoritarian control and the demands of a complex modern society. For Beijing, this conundrum is particularly acute as the Communist Party has long lacked the ability to mobilise popular opinion …

Chinese Investments in Central and Eastern Europe. A Romanian Perspective

Written by Sarmiza Pencea. For decades China has succeeded in attracting and turning to good account substantial foreign capital inflows, which have contributed to its torrid growth and development. Given its changed economic fundamentals after decades of accelerated transformation, the country is now adjusting to its new internal and external realities and implementing comprehensive rebalancing …

China’s relations with Central and Eastern Europe

China’s relations with Central Eastern Europe countries entered into a new phase with the launch of the 16+1 initiative. This new multilateral framework offers opportunities posed by China’s growing presence in CEE region, as well as risk that such developments hold for particular countries. China’s “12 Measures for Promoting Friendly Cooperation with Central and Eastern …

Cross-Strait relations after the Sunflower movement

Written by Vincent Wei-cheng Wang. It has been six months since the Sunflower Movement (SFM). The student protest movement initially caught the KMT, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and the United States by surprise because it appeared a sudden and unexpected reaction against the Cross-Strait Services and Trade Agreement (CSSTA), abruptly halting further progress in …

On Ilham Tohti

Written by Jackie Sheehan. Can anyone produce a genuine, verified statement by Ilham Tohti supporting independence for Xinjiang or advocating violence by Uyghurs? The answer is no, because he has never done so. The guilty verdict against respected Uyghur economist and writer Ilham Tohti was a foregone conclusion, and holding the trial in Xinjiang when …