Political Uncertainties in Post-miracle China

Written by Ho-fung Hung. The latest economic data from China shows that its GDP grew 7.4 percent in 2014. It was the slowest growth since 1990 (amidst global sanctions post- Tiananmen) and missed its growth target for the first time since 1998 (in the aftermath of the Asian Financial Crisis). It is another indication that the …

China’s evolving policy toward the Palestinian-Israeli conflict

Written by Manochehr Dorraj. China’s general policy toward the Middle East under Mao was preoccupied with isolating Taiwan and garnering support for the recognition of People’s Republic. China’s policy toward Palestinian-Israeli conflict was marked by a strong rhetorical support for the Palestinian cause. This was in accordance with China’s general support for the national liberation …

North Korea’s ABC (Anybody but China) diplomatic initiatives will face a harsh reality

Written by Brian Benedictus. The December 2013 execution of Jang Song-thaek, Uncle of  North leader Kim Jong-un and Beijing’s most trusted official within the country, was widely seen by many North Korea watchers as the starting point of relations between the two countries plummeting to their lowest level in history. Last July, Xi Jinping became the …

CCTV and the race for soft power

Written by Xiaoling Zhang. The Chinese official media outlets, especially the “Big Four” as Yang Jiechi the State Councillor calls them — Xinhua News Agency, Central China Television (CCTV), China Radio International (CRI), and China Daily — are making substantial efforts to increase China’s influence in the world as an instrument of China’s grander soft power engagement. …

Perspectives on CEE-China Cooperation

Written by Dominik Mierzejewski. There is a common perception that China’s policy towards the European Union is largely based on bilateral relations with member states. Relations between Beijing and Brussels are centred around the EU-China Summits and a strategic partnership agreement signed between the two sides in 2003. However China’s new 16+1 initiative aimed at …

Chinese Investments in Central and Eastern Europe. A Romanian Perspective

Written by Sarmiza Pencea. For decades China has succeeded in attracting and turning to good account substantial foreign capital inflows, which have contributed to its torrid growth and development. Given its changed economic fundamentals after decades of accelerated transformation, the country is now adjusting to its new internal and external realities and implementing comprehensive rebalancing …

Light On Unofficial Discourse: ‘Restoring China to its rightful place’

By Sam Beatson. Soft semantic shifts in the rhetoric used in China’s foreign policy procedures betray the clandestine nature of internal decision making processes. That ‘China’s peaceful rise’ has become ‘China’s peaceful development’, proliferation of Confucius institutes flourished and diplomatic focus been on ‘harmonious relations’ and ‘non-interference’, all convey China as unassertive and non-threatening. Yet …