China Policy Institute Blog

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 …

From Responsibility to Revisionism: China’s Foreign Relations Take a New Turn

Written by Yong Deng. Much has been made about the latest turn in Chinese foreign policy. What we are seeing is not an unexpected arrival of “assertive China”– not if that label means an unrelenting defense of core national interests. Chinese leaders have never wavered in pursuit of their nation’s economic growth, territorial integrity, and …

China and the new regional order

Written by Mark Beeson. The region’s diplomats and leaders have been earning their money over the last few weeks. Or they have, at least, if their preferred key performance indicators are meetings attended, photos posed for, and hands shaken. Even Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe managed a tepid clasp, albeit one accompanied by gritted teeth. …

America’s great gamble on China

Written by Simon Reich. President Obama arrived in Beijing this week to participate in the meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. He held talks with China’s president Xi Jinping on the fringes of the forum. It has been almost 18 months since the two men last met, a quite tumultuous period for both at …

Reflections on the Transformation of CCTV Documentary

Written by Ming-Yeh T. Rawnsley. When looking at China’s soft power mechanism, much study has focused on the PRC’s rigorous international expansion of media outlets in the twenty-first century. Indeed it is worth noting that since the Chinese government announced its ‘going out’ policy in 2001 many new international platforms in different shapes and forms have …

The Yin and the Yang: China’s Delicate Balancing of North-South Korea Relations

Written by Brian Benedictus. When it comes to the level of trust and friendship between China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea or DPRK), it is clear that the relationship has hit rocky times in recent years. By contrast, China-Republic of Korea (South Korea or ROK) ties have warmed gradually over the …

South Asia’s hydrological moment with China

Written by Uttam Kumar Sinha. The countries of South Asia face, with alarming regularity, the twin blights of drought and floods. The management of hydro resources is a critical challenge for South Asia, one that requires a different political outlook and a focus on water. This change of aspect clearly brings into attention the Himalayan and …

Running Dry: Water, Agriculture and Climate Change in China

Written by Christine E. Boyle. Conflicting reports on the state of China’s agricultural water use situation range from statements that China’s water shortages threaten the future food security of the nation, to optimistic reports that China’s potential gains for water use efficiency spell out great opportunity for reaching more sustainable water-use rates, and stabilizing grain …

China’s Antarctic Rights and Interests

Written by Anne-Marie Brady. China’s Antarctic program captured international attention in January 2014 amid the dramatic rescue of the trapped Russian research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy. Only a week after the rescue, China quietly released the environmental assessment report for its planned fifth Antarctic research station—the third new station in five years. China’s newest base is …