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The World Reacts to China’s Constitutional Amendment

Last Sunday on March 11, 2018, China’s National People’s Congress removed a clause from the national constitution that limited the president and vice president to two consecutive terms. The announcement confirms widespread suspicion that President Xi Jinping, who had Xi Jinping thought enshrined in the party charter last October, planned to change China’s power transfer “regulation”. The provision that the CCP seeks to eliminate was initially added to the 1982 constitution in an effort to learn from the mistakes of Chairman Mao, who developed the cult of personality that was the animating force behind the disastrous Cultural Revolution. Around...

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Xiang Songzuo: Our Fundamental Problem is Not China-U.S. Relations

(The following article was translated from Chinese. The original article can be found here. The author is XIANG Songzuo, who is currently the Deputy Director and Senior Fellow of the Center for International Monetary Research at Renmin University of China, member of the advisory board of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), and special researcher of the Minsheng Research Institute of China.) I think that Chinese people in academia, government, and media should not place too much emphasis on participating in discussions on China-U.S. relations. Instead, it is relatively more important to refrain from blindly following the...

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In Pursuit of Nietzsche’s “Rope”: President Carter Talks about U.S.-China Relationship

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter delivered a lecture to about 30 students in Professor Yawei Liu’s class on his experiences and interest in China over the course of his long life. Fitting his wisdom and practical experience, the lecture Carter delivered was more about imparting moral lessons from his experience negotiating with Chinese leaders than instructing the students on the specific details of the history of the relationship. One of these lessons can be found in President Carter’s decision to normalize relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) almost 40 years ago. That...

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Participants Debate the Arrival of a Tipping Point in China-U.S. Relations at the 2018 Young Scholars Forum

The U.S.-China Young Scholars Forum (YSF), initiated by the Carter Center and The Global Times since 2014, took place this year on January 30-31. On Tuesday, January 30, young Chinese and American scholars presented their research in panel presentations. In the round table discussion on the second day of the YSF, five well-known Chinese and American opinion makers discussed the potential impact of the 2018 U.S. National Security Strategy (NSS) on the most consequential relationship in the 21st century and what can be done to reduce misperception and hostility between Washington and Beijing. Unveiled by the Trump administration last...

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SR: The Week’s China Reads

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Every week, China Program’s Senior Advisor Dr. Robert A. Kapp compiles a reading list and provides commentary, for you to better understand China.

Robert A. Kapp is senior advisor to the China Program at the Carter Center. He has been principal of Robert A. Kapp and Associates, a business consulting firm, since 2004. From 1994 through 2004 he served as President of the United States-China Business Council…