China Policy Institute Blog

Why China joined the nuclear weapons club

Written by Nicola Leveringhaus. Once an outsider to global nuclear decision-making, China is now firmly an insider, a valued member of the nuclear community. How did this dramatic transition take place? Let’s start by casting our thoughts back to a time when China was a not a rising superpower and the world’s second largest economy, but …

No Place for China in Russia’s New Military Doctrine?

Written by Alex Calvo. The last days of the year have been intense in the geopolitical arena, with the release of Moscow’s new military doctrine among several developments meriting close attention. Yet, while some other events and documents explicitly refer to China, in this case it is Beijing’s seeming absence that catches the eye. As noted by …

Uncertainty of power succession in Kazakhstan and its implications for China and Russia

By Irina Malyuchenko. The question of a presidential successor for the current incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev has many people inside and outside the country concerned for the future of Kazakhstan. Having reached the top leadership position before the Soviet Union collapsed, Mr. Nazarbayev remains the first and only President of the Republic of Kazakhstan since …

Putin regional policy challenges China

by Elzbieta Maria Pron. Putin’s come back to presidential power in Russia has been widely reported in international media. The czarist-like inauguration provoked comments on the renewed image of Russia. Putin’s unexpected resignation from G8 Summit participation shed light on Moscow’s new line of foreign policy for the coming six years. And while on the …