China Policy Institute Blog

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 …

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 …