Category: Commentaries

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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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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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…