Category: Chinese Politics

China and North Korea: Comrades-in-NO-Arms

When I thought of North Korea a year ago, I pictured a dark, desolate place, where color could only be found in its flags, propaganda posters and murals. It is a hateful country led by a lunatic leader. It does not have many friends in the world but its neighbor, China, is a strong ally. I almost believed that China had the power to do more to convince Kim Jong Un to freeze his nuclear programs. Now I realized that I was wrong about Sino-North Korean relations. The history between the two countries and recent interactions between Pyongyang and...

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China’s 19th National Congress Reading List

  At the end of August, the Chinese Communist Party announced that the 19th National Congress will begin on October 18th, 2017. Held once every five years, the meeting is very important in deciding the top leadership for China and highest political, economic and social priorities for the next five years. This year’s congress appears to be even more important because it will be seen as issuing a verdict for Xi Jinping’s leadership in the past five years and as a barometer of what he is likely to do in the next five years. When the first such congress...

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Time to Prepare for the Worst in North Korea

Professor Jia Qingguo of Peking University provides analysis on recent missile launches in North Korea and issues Beijing might have with starting talks with Washington and Seoul to address the North Korean problems. Issues include reviving memories of the Korean War in the 1950s, possible refugee problem, and who would restore domestic order in North Korea in the event of a crisis. Do you agree with Professor Jia? Link to article is at:...

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China’s Communist Party Is About to Meet. Here’s What You Should Know.

The Chinese Communist Party will hold its 19th Party Congress on October 18, marking the end of the first term of General Secretary Xi Jinping. In a leadership reshuffle, Xi is expected to promote allies to the Party’s key decision-making body, the 25-member Politburo. What has the Party accomplished since Xi took power in 2012? And how can the Party maintain its legitimacy amidst flagging economic growth, increased dissatisfaction among the disenfranchised—especially in Hong Kong and Xinjiang—a major diplomatic challenge in North Korea, and increasing hostility from U.S. President Donald Trump? Check out China File to learn from experts...

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Duterte Will Keep Close Ties With China

Philippines’ Duterte will keep close ties with China The Philippines relationship with the United States has taken a drastic shift since the election of Rodrigo Duterte, in addition to more changes since the inauguration of Donald Trump. Xue Li is the director of the Department of International Strategy at the Institute of World Economics and Politics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and discusses how Duterte’s foreign policy creates a “relatively favorable atmosphere for easing tension in the South China Sea.” Do you think Xue Li’s analysis is correct? And will the Philippines continue to develop closer relations...

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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…