Capitalism with Chinese characteristics

Written by Mark Beeson. Capitalism is, as the Marxists used to say, full of contradictions. It may well be the greatest wealth-generating machine ever invented. But it is famously volatile, unpredictable and prone to cyclical booms and busts – just ask West Australian Premier Colin Barnett. But while political leaders in countries like Australia may …

Why China and the US have found common purpose on climate change

Written by Jackson Ewing. Over the past year, the United States and China forged a climate change partnership that would have been almost unthinkable not long ago. Not only have both countries committed to emissions reduction and sustainable energy goals of substantial ambition, they are pursuing those goals in concert. This bilateral climate cooperation has …

The rhetoric and realities of Chinese migration to Africa

Written by Ben Lampert and Giles Mohan. As President Xi Jinping met his African counterparts at the sixth Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg last week, the focus was on the high-level trade, aid and investment deals that will emerge. But what is often overlooked in the coverage of FOCAC and the broader intensification of …

Confucianism behind the façade of the Socialist China Dream

Written by Chi Kin Cheung. Since President Xi Jinping pronounced the notion of China Dream, the idea has attracted great attention from China watchers. However, like many other official formulations of former Chinese leaders, the new China Dream is utterly elusive. As Roderick MacFarquhar, a professor at Harvard, said during the First World Congress on Marxism …

Xi has created a Chinese Bloc that the UN climate talks in Paris cannot ignore

Written by Tom Harper. Chinese president Xi Jinping addressed the opening day of the Paris climate talks as leader of a nation more confident and assertive than it has been at any point since Mao declared it had “stood up” after a century of rebellion and invasion. The changing status is reflected in the hopes …

What does China’s role in Africa say about its growing global footprint?

Written by Mark Esposito and Terrence Tse. China’s ties to Africa are likely to get stronger this year as the world’s biggest economy appears poised to once again double its investments across the fast-growing continent. The run-up to the sixth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) to be held early next month in South Africa is under way. …

The Ma-Xi Meeting and Democracy in Taiwan

Written by Ming-Yeh Rawnsley and Gary Rawnsley. The meeting between Presidents Ma of Taiwan and Xi of China, held on 7 November 2015 in Singapore, shone a spotlight on some of the fundamental weaknesses in Taiwan’s still consolidating democratic political system. One uneasy lesson is that, without a satisfactory process of institutional checks-and-balances, the system …

China flags 6.5% growth rate, but needs real financial reform to get there

Written by He Weiping. Overnight, Chinese President Xi Jinping gave the strongest indication yet the country will revise down its economic growth goal to 6.5%. The official target will not be known until China releases its highly anticipated 13th five-year plan in March next year, but play has already been made on the idea of …

Women’s Rights Advocacy in China: Some Cautious Optimism?

Written by Cara Wallis. In late September of this year, Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a speech at the Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment organized by UN Women as part of a number of activities worldwide commemorating Beijing +20, or the 20 years since the United Nation’s Fourth World Conference on Women …

What’s at stake in the Xi-Ma meeting?

Written by Michael Reilly. Not surprisingly, the general international reaction to the announcement that Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou will meet in Singapore this weekend for the first ever direct talks between the heads of state of China and Taiwan was welcoming. It is indeed a historic step forward for the two protagonists, relations between …