China Policy Institute Blog

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 …

The Power of People-to-People Diplomacy in Japan-China Relations

Written by Zhiqun Zhu. International relations are traditionally conducted by national leaders, government officials and diplomats. Yet the power of citizen exchanges, or “people-to-people diplomacy”, is often underestimated. “People-to-people diplomacy”, as part of “public diplomacy”, complements traditional and formal diplomacy. It has significant impact on relations between nations since bilateral relations are not sustainable without …

Signal Left – Turn Right: Changing Chinese Attitudes towards the Palestinians

Written by Yitzhak Shichor. A few years ago I was talking in Jerusalem with two visiting researchers from the China Institute of International Studies (China’s Foreign Ministry research organ), saying that by promoting Palestinian independence Beijing undermines its own policy that denies the same right to China’s Uyghurs and Tibetans. No, they told me, you …

China’s investment in Israel’s technology sector

Written by Sharone Tobias. Beijing’s focus on technological independence, sovereignty, and development as a core national security concern stretches back decades. Since his inauguration in 2012, Xi Jinping has renewed focus on technology as a means to greater economic development, national security, and Chinese power worldwide. Among Xi’s new initiatives is the Small Leading Group …

China’s attraction to “the cemetery of the great powers”

Written by Meron Medzini. A Chinese diplomat is reported to have claimed that the Middle East is the cemetery of the great powers. The implication being that China should avoid at all costs being drawn into the seemingly endless Arab-Israel conflict and specifically the Israel-Palestinian imbroglio. However, given China’s growing dependence on imported oil, mainly from …