China Policy Institute Blog

President Xi’s Chinese dream means a more multi-polar world

Written by Anthony Saich. China begins 2015 as the world’s largest economy, in terms of purchasing power parity, a key milestone in the country’s rise. And one that likely will herald a change in how China engages with the rest of the world. For now, President Xi Jinping’s focus is domestic. He says he wants …

Netanyahu’s ‘Look East’ Pitch Is Incomplete

Written by Niv Horesh. Last week saw a rare visit by a Japanese Prime Minster to Israel. In view of Jerusalem’s increasingly troubled relations with many of its traditional Western allies, Abe’s visit was something to celebrate. In the Prime Minister’s entourage were no fewer than one hundred government officials and business people, as if …

No Place for China in Russia’s New Military Doctrine?

Written by Alex Calvo. The last days of the year have been intense in the geopolitical arena, with the release of Moscow’s new military doctrine among several developments meriting close attention. Yet, while some other events and documents explicitly refer to China, in this case it is Beijing’s seeming absence that catches the eye. As noted by …

South China Sea Arbitration: Vietnam Makes Submission to Court

Written by Alex Calvo. The South China Sea is once again in the news, following Hanoi’s decision to join forces with Manila and make a submission to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PAC), asking that it assert its jurisdiction, give “due regard” to Vietnam’s rights and interests in the Spratlys and Paracels, and in her …

Why Is History Still an Issue in China – Japan relations?

Written by Huang Wei. December 13 was China’s National Memorial Day. A state memorial ceremony was held for the Nanjing Massacre in 1937. There was massive coverage of Xi’s speech, especially with respect to the number of victims and China’s official attitude towards Japan. Not surprisingly, there were comments about China trying to play history in order to …

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 …

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 …

“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 …

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 …