China Policy Institute Blog

Princes and merchants in Sino-British relations

Written by Jackie Sheehan. In the run-up to Prince William’s visit to China, possibly too much was made of the delicate diplomacy that would be required of him to make a success of the trip. Really, all he had to do to have the visit judged more successful than the preceding ones of his father …

China’s evolving policy toward the Palestinian-Israeli conflict

Written by Manochehr Dorraj. China’s general policy toward the Middle East under Mao was preoccupied with isolating Taiwan and garnering support for the recognition of People’s Republic. China’s policy toward Palestinian-Israeli conflict was marked by a strong rhetorical support for the Palestinian cause. This was in accordance with China’s general support for the national liberation …

Old Chapters, New Chapters: The Memory Wars in East Asia

Written by Adam Cathcart. From the very beginning of the so-called ‘post war,’ the territorial and temporal parameters of the memory wars between China and Japan were never drawn particularly cleanly. The war ended formally in Tokyo Harbour on 3 September 1945, but it took nearly another week for Okamura Yasuji to formally surrender to …

Xi Jinping’s carrots and sticks approach to the PLA

Written by Michael Reilly. Among all the announcements during and surrounding last week’s meetings in Beijing of the National People’s Congress, referred to colloquially as the liang hui, two in particular had foreign policy analysts reaching for their tea cups to read the leaves. On the eve of the Congress, the Central Military Commission published …

Rolling stones? The language of migration and mobility in the case of the Chinese in Africa

Written by Yoon Jung Park. Papa was a rolling stone, wherever he laid his hat was his home. So sang The Temptations in 1972. It is a song that has been on my mind as I consider the terminology around Chinese communities outside of China. A few years back I abandoned the use of the terms “overseas …

10 questions about migration between China and Africa

Written by Li Anshan. In recent years, the rapid development of China-Africa relations has prompted migration flows to and from China and the fifty plus countries of the African continent. These migration flows have in turn attracted international attention and no little misunderstanding. Here I would like to address some issues and provide answers to ten …

Eye on Africa: US and China tussle for economic influence

Written by Yvan Yenda Ilunga. The US and China are increasingly rivals on the world stage, competing over resources, policy and influence. One region where China has spent years establishing a foothold is Africa. Now the US is also keen to reassert itself after years of economic neglect. The US fired the latest salvo late …

Chinese ties in Africa normalise

Written by Ian Taylor. This year will see South Africa hosting the 6th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). Importantly, this will be the first FOCAC meeting since Xi Jinping became the Chinese president in 2013. This context is significant as Xi has thus far demonstrated an activist foreign policy that is more assertive and outward-looking …

China’s Dilemma in the Conflict: Populism or Historicism?

Written by Harry Chen. Last year, while researching a feature article at the China Daily in Beijing, I stumbled across a unique-sounding institute which, as it turned out, was located just across my newsroom on a college campus. My fresh understanding on China’s roles in Israel and Palestine starts there. Days after the inauguration of the Chinese …

Is China part of the solution or part of the problem in the Arab-Israeli peace process?

Written by Sam Chester. Much ink has been spilled in recent years on speculation that the Chinese state, buoyed by its growing economic imprint and oil dependency in the Middle East, will become more engaged in the peace process between Israel and its regional adversaries. China’s allies in Tehran, Ramallah and Cairo have long beseeched …