China Policy Institute Blog

Searching for Inner Peace in Sino-Indian Relations: Xi and Modi’s Buddhist Diplomacy

Written by Peter Martin. Sino-Indian relations lack depth. Leaders of the two countries have long exchanged platitudes about the ancient ties that bind them together, but this has remained a remarkably shallow bilateral relationship, focused on the politics of territorial competition at the expense of business, economics, culture and history. That’s what makes some of …

Two Faces of Xi Jinping’s Regional Diplomacy

Written by Xiaoyu Pu. Largely abandoning Deng Xiaoping’s low-profile approach in global affairs, Xi Jinping has been pursuing more pro-active diplomacy. In 2013, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) held a major conference on China’s regional diplomacy. Since then, Beijing has initiated major programs on regional cooperation, and has hosted various high-profile multilateral meetings. Most recently …

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 …

America’s great gamble on China

Written by Simon Reich. President Obama arrived in Beijing this week to participate in the meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. He held talks with China’s president Xi Jinping on the fringes of the forum. It has been almost 18 months since the two men last met, a quite tumultuous period for both at …

The three ‘P’s’ of the fourth plenum

Written by Kerry Brown. There are three ‘P’s’ that the Fourth Plenum outcome on law make clear about the Xi style of leadership. The first is that it is populist. The second is that it is driven by increasingly programmatic politics. Finally, it is driven increasingly by the personality of its central leader as a …

China in Latin America: A Deepening Friendship

Written by Ariel Armony. What did Beijing hope to gain from President Xi Jinping’s visit to Latin America?  As we know, the Chinese leader had an intense agenda planned for the region: the BRICS summit in Brazil (and corresponding talks with leaders from UNASUR – the Union of South American Nations), a meeting with the “Quartet” …

Princelings, preferences and power

Written by Kerry Brown. Do Chinese leaders have to believe anything? After all, unlike their western counterparts, they don’t have to engage in battles over ideas and approaches during an election campaign, nor are they rudely exposed to forensic intellectual examination in the way that politicians in the US, Europe or other democracies are when …

Xi’s Impossible Trinity – Innovation, Anti-Corruption and Political Stability

Written by Lauren Johnston. In economics the impossible trinity describes how governments can set only two of three macroeconomic policy variables, even if they are all independently desirable. Those three variables are fixed exchange rates, independent monetary policy and free movement of capital. Amid calls from former Chinese leaders Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin that President …

Can Xi Jinping make the connection?

Written by Kerry Brown. Michael Igantieff’s extraordinary account of his life as a politician in Canada after over three decades as an academic and public intellectual carries a suitable title: ‘Fire and Ashes’. He makes it clear in the very powerful stories he gives of why he went into politics so late in life, how …

China’s non-interference policy: PRC leaders and the realist perspective

Written by Edward Friedman. How would a realist IR theorist describe the purposes and actual behavior in a CCP claim that PRC foreign policy is premised on a principle of non-interference? How would a PRC leader comment on the realist analysis? From a realist IR perspective, “the strong do what they will; the weak do what they …