China Policy Institute Blog

Towards an Understanding of a Global China: A Latin American Perspective

Written by Ariel C. Armony. When we talk about China and its relationship with Latin America, we do so almost exclusively in economic terms. However, we also need to understand the political dimension of this relationship. One must be careful – this is not about ideologies of the left or right. Rather, it is about understanding …

Xi Jinping’s Nanking Massacre Commemoration and China’s Anti-Japanese Calendar

Written by Adam Cathcart. 2014 has been a banner year for the Chinese Communist Party’s politics of historical commemoration of the War of Resistance against Japan (1937-1945). As the Party has faced a host of internal challenges to its legitimacy from within and around its periphery, Xi Jinping and the CCP have remained steadfast in …

“Terrorism” or Terrorism in Xinjiang?

Written by Oana Burcu. A decade after 9/11 focused attention on terrorism, there is still no common understanding or definition of what terrorism is. To add another layer of complexity, the use of language in media and political discourses further increases misunderstandings and creates misperceptions. For instance, western media outlets came under criticism from China when …

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 …