China Policy Institute Blog

Media, Celebrity and Philanthropy in China: Doing Good or Doing Nothing?

Written by Jonathan Hassid and Elaine Jeffreys. Academic discussion of celebrity-led philanthropy has blossomed in recent years. Supporters argue that celebrity involvement with charities raises public awareness and support and resources through media publicity (Bishop and Green 2008). Critics argue that it bolsters corporate capitalism and vested elite interests by disguising the exploitative nature of …

Russian perceptions of China in the Arctic

Written by Alex Calvo. The debate on Russo-Chinese relations in the Arctic has become more intense in the last few months as western sanctions have prompted Moscow to rely more on China in the energy arena. News of greater scope for Chinese corporations to invest in the Arctic have been accompanied by reports of other …

How China’s interests fit with the Arctic States’

Written by Kai Sun. With the melting of the sea ice at the top of the world, and the driving forces of globalization, the Arctic has moved from periphery towards the center of world politics. The eight Arctic states have issued or updated their strategies/policies in the region over the past few years, elucidating their …

The inevitable dilemma of China’s Arctic adventure

Written by Jingchao Peng. The number of seats in the Arctic Council expanded in 2013, when China and five other states (Japan, India, Singapore, South Korea and Italy) were granted permanent observer status to the institution. Yet, it was China’s participation that generated the majority of media and scholarly attention cast on Arctic Council’s latest enlargement. …

Sino-Russian collaboration on the Northern Sea Route development

Written by Svetlana Krivokhizh & Nadezhda Filimonova. In recent years interest in commercial navigation through the Northern Sea Route (NSR) has grown significantly among Arctic and non-Arctic states alike. The main reason relates to the retreat of ice in the Arctic Sea, which creates opportunities for the use of a viable sea route for shipping and trade. …

China rediscovers its northern roots

Written by Mia Bennett. In May 2013, China gained observer status in the Arctic Council, the preeminent intergovernmental organization of the world’s northernmost region. China, along with South Korea, Japan, Singapore, India, and Italy, joined the ranks of existing observer states like the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Spain, to name a few. China’s newfound …

China’s Interest in Arctic Shipping

Written by Frédéric Lasserre. The commercial and strategic implications of climate change and the melting of the sea ice in the Arctic have drawn attention not only to Arctic states, but also to some other countries that have no territorial access to the region, such as China, South Korea, and Japan. Reasoning on the new climatological …

China’s Emerging Interests in the Arctic

Written by Nong Hong. During the Cold War, the Arctic was a security flashpoint with nuclear submarines from the United States and the Soviet Union patrolling deep below the polar ice of the Arctic Ocean and bombers airborne over the region. Today, the Arctic may be disassociated from great power politics, but new geopolitical realities …

China and the Arctic: Site of great power competition?

While interminable crises in the Middle East, Ukraine and the tensions along China’s maritime frontier demand most attention today, another region is emerging as a potential theatre for disputed claims among great powers: the Arctic. With the thawing of Arctic polar ice cap comes the potential of permanent new routes for international trade and shipping. The …

Taiwan-Japan Relations: Historical Perspective

Written by Bruce Jacobs. After the United States, Japan is second most important country for Taiwan. There are several reasons for this. First, the two countries are geographically close to each other. Second, Japan was Taiwan’s colonial master for fifty years (1895-1945). Third, Japan is an important Asian democracy. Fourth, the two countries have significant …