When worlds collide: Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States

Written by Mark Beeson. The meeting between the leaders of China and the United States has rapidly become the gold standard for set-piece diplomatic extravaganzas. Xi Jinping and Barack Obama are, after all, the two most powerful men in the world. So when they have formal talks it matters a lot, and not just to …

The return of the Taiwan issue to U.S.-China relations

Written by Richard C. Bush III. President Xi Jinping is likely to make Taiwan a major issue at his summit with President Obama. The island is having presidential and legislative elections in January. There is a good chance that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which China doesn’t like, will come back to power. Xi’s message to Obama …

Why the US has little to fear from Chinese leaders meeting with tech titans

Written by Peter K Yu. Later this week, President Xi Jinping will pay his first state visit to the US. Shortly before the visit, Chinese leaders will meet with US tech executives in a high-profile industry forum at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. Given the lucrative Chinese market and the possibility of meeting President Xi …

In spite of many challenges, Obama-Xi summit will see modest progress

Written by Bates Gill. The enduring paradox of U.S.-China relations will be on full display this week in Washington in what will be one of the most important—and difficult—meetings between Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping. Across so many dimensions of the relationship, the two countries have never been closer. Yet the underlying strategic foundation …

Is China playing a long game in the South China Sea?

Written by Mark Beeson. China’s construction of new islands in the South China Sea has attracted a great deal of entirely predictable criticism and controversy. Surely no-one connected with this decision can be surprised at this outcome. One assumes that China’s military planners run just the same sorts of simulations and contingency exercises as their …

US patrol in South China Sea may stop China’s mischief in disputed waters

Written by Muhammad Faiz Aziz. The United States has announced that it is considering sending aircraft and warships to patrol the South China Sea to challenge China’s move in building artificial islands fit for aircraft runways in the disputed waters. The South China Sea, a historical global trade route believed to be rich in oil and …

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 …

China’s receding regional ambitions?

Written by Mark Beeson. Few would disagree with the idea that China is a rising power with great international ambitions. For many policymakers, commentators and citizens in China, restoring its greatness and accustomed centrality in East Asian affairs is a crucial and entirely legitimate goal. In this context, China’s immediate neighbourhood provides an important testing ground …

Why Fresh Thinking on the South China Sea is a Problem

Written by Kerry Brown. Almost certainly one of the headaches that a new American president will have to start engaging with when they finally come into office in a year and a half’s time will be the complex claims and counter-claims over sovereignty and maritime borders in the South and East China Sea. Issues that once …

1914, Air Sea Battle, and Sino-American Security Relations: Advantage Offense!

Written by Gregory Moore. This fall, as I taught my “Introduction to International Relations” course in which we discussed the start of World War One as case, and in the midst of many interesting revisitations of the centenary anniversary of the start of WWI in the international media, a very chilling realization came to me …