Category: Commentaries

Ding Kuisong: Reform and Development Research Foundation Meeting

Ding Kuisong is the Secretary General of the China International Culture Exchange Centre, which is a national non-profit organization that has deep roots and connections with Chinese leaderships. Ding is deeply involved with decision-making in China on policies toward the US and this speech provides a good window into the Chinese thinking of how China will respond to US disengagement and confrontational approach to China. This speech is widely shared by the Chinese media and reflects some of the main strain thinking of top Chinese intellectuals and advisors.   Speaking before the Reform and Development Research Foundation Third Annual...

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Liu Yawei Responds to China Review: China’s Active Participation is Necessary for Peace in the Korean Peninsula

Regarding the “Trump-Kim Summit”, Liu Yawei pointed out that from the private meeting of the two leaders, to the subsequent bilateral discussions and signing ceremony, the atmosphere was one of overall good feeling. Although the agreements signed by Trump and Kim Jong-un lack details of a comprehensive, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization (CIVD), their ability to meet with one another is a success in and of itself. This event is significant because something like this, that has not happened in the past 25 years, has finally taken place. This is the first time the sitting President of the United States...

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Can the First North Korean Nuclear Crisis Inform the Current Challenge?

(Presentation at The Sixth TCC-CPAFFC Forum on US-China Relations by Marion V. Creekmore, Jr.)   Unlike the other panel members and most of the conference attendees, I am not an expert on China, the Korean Peninsula, or Northeast Asia.  I am speaking because I accompanied former US President Jimmy Carter to North Korea in 1994 where he achieved a negotiating breakthrough that led to a peaceful resolution of the first North Korean nuclear crisis. I think there are lessons from the first North Korean nuclear crisis that could be useful in dealing with today’s challenge.  Let’s review what happened....

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My Farewell

My Farewell By: Han Han Translated by: Margaret Xuanyi Lu Many people do not know this, but I was the class representative for math in elementary school.  Afterwards, due to my carelessness and my preference for writing, I didn’t do as well in math anymore.  Shortly after that, I met my first girlfriend, ‘Z’, who ranked among the top three students in our school.  Z was the kind of girl who could solve the hardest geometry question on any math test using several different methods.  I was the kind of guy who wanted to disregard calculations and simply use a measuring instrument to find the answer. With Z’s grades, she was bound to be accepted into one of the city’s best high schools.  However, she was also very proud and would never let anything interfere with her schoolwork.  Even if I did well, the best high school I could hope to get accepted to would have been a high-ranking community high school. I knew that Z would never deliberately do worse so that we could attend the same high school.  All I could do was to work hard myself.  Never believe people who tell you that distance isn’t a problem in love.  You’re not mistaken if you thought that this story sounds like the plot of my novel Triple Door.  The only exception is that in Triple Door, the...

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Prospects for Education Relations in Xi’s New Era*

Education is in the DNA of U.S. – China relations, a DNA strand that has served both countries well during the Qing, Republican and Reform and Opening periods.  One is reminded of Yung Wing’s first educational mission to the United States in the 1860s, the Boxer Indemnity Scholarships of the early 20th century, and the American colleges of the Republican period. Today both countries acknowledge the extraordinary contribution educational relations have made to U.S. – China relations.  In September of this year, in her key note address to the opening ceremony of the China-U.S. University Presidents and Think Tank...

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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…