China Policy Institute Blog

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 …

Can Asian and African countries revive their 1950s solidarity?

Written by Shofwan Al Banna Choiruzzad. More than 30 heads of state and representatives of nearly 80 countries are attending a summit to mark the 60th anniversary of the 1955 Asian-African Conference in Indonesia this week in a world very different from the one delegates experienced in 1955. Then, two superpowers were engaged in the Cold …

History of the Asian-African Conference lives on

Written by Shofwan Al Banna Choiruzzad. Indonesia is hosting the 60th anniversary commemoration of the Asian-African Conference from April 19-24. Jakarta has put considerable effort into organising the event to make it a success. But the world interest in the event today does not compare to the attention given to the original Asian-African Conference. The conference …

Don’t Blame Abe…Help Him!

Written by Zhiqun Zhu Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been portrayed as a staunch nationalist bent on revising Japan’s pacifist Constitution. From visiting the Yasukuni Shrine to his claim that “invasion” is not clearly defined internationally, from pressuring McGraw-Hill to revise a history textbook, to beefing up Japan’s military power, Abe has repeatedly demonstrated …

US should stop blocking China’s AIIB and join allies in new club

Written by Martin Edwards and Katayon Qahir. China’s growing economic clout is complicating US efforts to maintain its grip on the world’s leading multilateral economic institutions – as it’s done since the end of World War II. The creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), established last year by China and many other Asian …

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 …