China Policy Institute Blog

The Future of Civil Society under Xi Jinping

Written by Jessica C. Teets. When the film Under the Dome (穹顶之下), a documentary concerning air pollution, was released online on 28 February 2015, it was viewed 150 million times over a few days.  Although it illustrated the Chinese government&#

New normality and the National People’s Congresses

Written by Kerry Brown. National People’s Congresses in China tend to overwhelm participants with policy detail. Li Keqiang’s government report came to forty densely printed pages, and took him more than two hours to read out. There were plenty of other documents issued over the period from March 5, from entities like the Ministry of Finance …

China’s investment in Israel’s technology sector

Written by Sharone Tobias. Beijing’s focus on technological independence, sovereignty, and development as a core national security concern stretches back decades. Since his inauguration in 2012, Xi Jinping has renewed focus on technology as a means to greater economic development, national security, and Chinese power worldwide. Among Xi’s new initiatives is the Small Leading Group …

Why China’s Xi Jinping Is Still Far From Chairman Mao Status

Written by Steve Tsang. Much has been written in recent weeks of how Chinese president Xi Jinping has established himself as China’s most powerful leader since Deng Xiaoping. Distinguished Harvard scholar Roderick MacFarquhar went a step further in an interview with the New York Times, comparing Xi’s authority with that of Chairman Mao Zedong. Other China watchers have voiced …

Preparing to Meet Mr Xi

Written by Kerry Brown. It seems pretty certain that some time in 2015 President Xi Jinping will make his first visit to the UK as Head of State. Stellar diplomatic careers are made on events like this, and no doubt, deep in the bowels of the respective foreign ministries in London and Beijing the arguments …

President Xi’s Chinese dream means a more multi-polar world

Written by Anthony Saich. China begins 2015 as the world’s largest economy, in terms of purchasing power parity, a key milestone in the country’s rise. And one that likely will herald a change in how China engages with the rest of the world. For now, President Xi Jinping’s focus is domestic. He says he wants …

Raining on Xi Jinping’s parade in Macau

Written by Jackie Sheehan. President Xi Jinping is in Macau for the 15th-anniversary celebrations of the territory’s transfer from Portuguese sovereignty to that of the PRC, December 1999’s much lower-key and less fraught handover which followed Hong Kong’s fractious reversion in July 1997. Public protest is rare in Macau, apart from a few recent strikes …

Xi Jinping’s Nanking Massacre Commemoration and China’s Anti-Japanese Calendar

Written by Adam Cathcart. 2014 has been a banner year for the Chinese Communist Party’s politics of historical commemoration of the War of Resistance against Japan (1937-1945). As the Party has faced a host of internal challenges to its legitimacy from within and around its periphery, Xi Jinping and the CCP have remained steadfast in …

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 …