China Policy Institute Blog

War-Monger or Judicious Realist ? Liu Mingfu as Historically-Minded America Watcher

Written by Niv Horesh. The publication of Liu Mingfu’s China Dream in English this month makes for an opportune occasion to take stock of his ideas critically.[1] In 2010, the Chinese language version of the book by the retired colonel (b. 1951) caused quite a sensation with his sub-title reading: ‘soldiers must speak out’. Though it is …

China, Japan and the Media: The Politics and Business of Selective Remembering

Written by Wanning Sun. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of China’s ‘War against the Japanese Invasion’. It may therefore be an opportune moment to reflect on how the politics of remembering plays out in the Chinese media. Twenty years ago, while doing research for my doctoral dissertation (which was concerned with how …

Is China the Persian Gulf’s Future Outside Power?

By Philip Gater-Smith. Security and oil have typically been the two dominant themes of international coverage of the Middle East. The news in recent months has hardly been an exception. Current Middle Eastern insecurity has many contributing elements, from Iraq and Syria to Yemen. The story with oil, meanwhile, is the low price, hovering at around $60 per barrel, …

Why Fresh Thinking on the South China Sea is a Problem

Written by Kerry Brown. Almost certainly one of the headaches that a new American president will have to start engaging with when they finally come into office in a year and a half’s time will be the complex claims and counter-claims over sovereignty and maritime borders in the South and East China Sea. Issues that once …

Zhou goes down – but China’s corruption purge is on thin ice

Written by Jackie Sheehan. The credibility of Xi Jinping’s “tigers and flies” anti-corruption campaign has required the destruction of a bigger player than any previous targets. Zhou Yongkang, who’s now beginning a life sentence for bribery and abuse of power, certainly fits the bill. Zhou’s life sentence is for bribery, with lesser terms of seven years …

Is China playing a long game in the South China Sea?

Written by Mark Beeson. China’s construction of new islands in the South China Sea has attracted a great deal of entirely predictable criticism and controversy. Surely no-one connected with this decision can be surprised at this outcome. One assumes that China’s military planners run just the same sorts of simulations and contingency exercises as their …

Is the AIIB a turning point for China?

Written by Xiaobing Wang. The current world order is largely built on American dominance, managed by US-based international organizations like the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. This order was established after World War II and has been reinforced by the collapse of the communist block and the Soviet Union. This order …

Chinese agriculture in the wake of the global food crisis

Written by Francesca Bray. In 2007-8 a food crisis rocked the world. A concatenation of climatic, economic and financial factors sent global food prices rocketing. Drought in Australia, then the world’s second largest wheat exporter after the USA, had cut the 2006 wheat harvest from 25 to 10 million tons. Bad weather reduced the 2007 …

From Holding up Half of Heaven to Learning How to Flirt

Written by Chris Berry. Amongst the most memorable commercial films on display at  the recently concluded Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy—for all the wrong reasons—was Pang Ho-Cheung (彭浩翔)’s Chinese-Hong Kong 2014 co-production, Women Who

The Debate on China’s Grand Strategy

Written by Lukas K. Danner. In the past couple of years a heated debate on what China’s grand strategy is, or should be, has flared up among academics and policy analysts. With the so-called rise of China, and with an allegedly rising assertiveness on China’s part since 2008, its grand strategy has come into focus even …