China Policy Institute Blog

China’s military parade is an error of judgement

Written by Steve Tsang. Whenever the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) departs from routine protocol, it is usually highly significant. Today’s military parade in Beijing, which marks 70 years since the defeat of Japan in the Second World War, is no exception. It is only China’s fourth military parade since the Mao era; it is the …

Is the CCP’s Aspirational Leadership Narrative Un-American or Anti-American ? Wang Huning as a Test Case

Written by Niv Horesh. In 1991, David Shambaugh famously damned China’s American-studies establishment as advancing a “shallow and seriously distorted” understanding of US culture, history, society and politics.1 Nevertheless, in the intervening two and a half decades, a new generation of experts has come to inform CCP thinking on the US. Shambaugh’s 1991 study focused on …

From Hide and Bide to a New Model of Big Power Relations

Written by Suisheng Zhao. President Xi Jinping has called for building a new model of big power relations with the US, in which China’s rise would not be accompanied by the conflict and war that has marred many moments in history when rising powers rubbed up against the incumbent power. But China has increasingly behaved as a …

Next PLA Shoes to Fall

by Chris Clarke. With the appointment of the two vice chairmen, it now seems clear that outgoing General Armaments Department Director Chang Wanquan, 63, will be the new defense minister, a position that likely will not be formally announced until next March when the National People’s Congress reveals the state and government leadership changes.  Chang …

Personnel Changes in the Military Leadership First

By Zhengxu Wang. The appointment of two new vice chairmen to the Central Military Committee at the just-closed Plenum shows Hu Jintao is now in fuller control of the succession arrangements for the forthcoming Party Congress. The Central Plenum, the last of the seven between two Congresses, closed over the weekend. By the Communiqué it …