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China Foreign Policy

Is Xi Jinping China's New Mao-Like Strongman?

Perry Link | Posted 06.03.2014 | World
Perry Link

Xi Jinping and his associates at the top levels of the Chinese government have been on the move. They have been pushing a society-wide anti-corruption campaign, targeting in particular some high-ranking rivals, and in recent weeks have been unusually aggressive with their neighbors Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines, unusually harsh in their anti-U.S. rhetoric, and unusually repressive of dissident voices inside China. They have moved to re-shape the internal workings of the government to concentrate more power in personal authority at the top and less in written rules or in government bureaucracies. They have floated the idea of a new Chinese "strongman," clearly intending to suggest that Xi Jinping might be one. Mao Zedong is the best model for all of this, but Xi Jinping is no Mao, and how things will actually end up is anyone's guess.

Why China and America are Headed Toward a Catastrophic Clash

Hugh White | Posted 06.02.2014 | World
Hugh White

Both Washington and China are steadily upping the stakes in their rivalry as China's provocations of U.S. friends and allies become more flagrant and America's commitments to support them become more categorical. Both believe they can do this with impunity because both believe the other will back down to avoid a clash. There is a disconcertingly high chance that they are both wrong. Asia today therefore carries the seeds of a truly catastrophic episode of mutual misperception.

Crisis in the South China Sea

David W. Kearn | Posted 05.14.2014 | World
David W. Kearn

With little regard for the territorial claims of its smaller Southeast Asian neighbors or international norms like freedom of navigation in one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, China's behavior is increasingly and unambiguously unilateral and assertive.

China, Soft Power, and the Philippine Crisis

David W. Kearn | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
David W. Kearn

China has been noticeably muted in its response to the Philippines' plight even as it has positioned itself as the leading power in the Asia-Pacific region.

China's 'Other' Innovation Gap

Mark Jia | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
Mark Jia

Is it possible that the Chinese educational system has contributed, at least in part, to an innovation gap in Chinese foreign policy?

'Foreign Trash' and China's Soft Power

Julian Baird Gewirtz | Posted 07.29.2012 | World
Julian Baird Gewirtz

China's soft power agenda has become a dangerous fault line. It will be an extraordinary challenge for China's new leadership to strengthen the country's cultural sphere while also maintaining the kind of global engagement that will make greater soft power useful.

China's New Role in the Making of Europe

David Gosset | Posted 03.05.2012 | World
David Gosset

While in the aftermath of the Second World War the future of Europe has been proactively shaped by the U.S., China is now in a position to have an unprecedented impact on the European integration, and its capacity to influence will certainly grow.

A New China: Playing by the Global Rules of Engagement

Richard Attias | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Attias

China's latest actions signal an understanding that the only way to achieve strong, sustainable growth is to effectively operate on a global scale, which means adapting to the ways the outside world works.

China's Foreign Exchange Reserves: Unintentional Means to a Strategic End

Nicole E. Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicole E. Lewis

Growing global reach is an important tenet of China's quest for comprehensive national power, but it is unlikely that even the Chinese expected the accumulation of $2.3 trillion of foreign exchange reserves.

The Debtor's Dance: the U.S.-China Exchange

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

The U.S., the world's largest debtor, met this week with the confident leaders of its largest creditor, the communist government of China. President Obama, exercising his remarkable gift for presenting a sea change as a gentle current, laid out the fundamental challenge almost in passing: The U.S. cannot go back to the old economy where we borrowed $2 billion a day, largely from the Chinese, to be the consumer of the world by living far beyond our means. We must consume less, produce more, sell more abroad and balance our trade.