Category: Global Collaboration

For China, the South China Sea Represents a Window of Opportunity

For China, the South China Sea Represents a Window of Opportunity Responding to the geopolitical tensions in the South China Sea has been one of the most critical challenges facing the Chinese government. 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 Cheng Zhangxi has a PhD from the University of St. Andrews. In their co-written article, Xue and Cheng argue that the next few years offer a significant window of opportunity for the claimants to put forward a solution to...

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2017 G20 Gains and Gripes

The latest G20 Summit, an annual meeting  of international leaders from 20 countries and international organizations, convened last weekend from July 8-9th in Hamburg, Germany. Important areas of discussion for the 12th meeting of these global leaders included climate change and sustainable development, the global financial system and its growth, counter-terrorism, the spread of digital technology, health issues, anti-corruption, and women’s economic empowerment. While there were many notable meetings taking place, the actions of the current US President and his administration in and out of the meeting settings did not go unnoticed on social media. Trump left to meet with Indonesian Prime Minister Joko Widodo during a G20 meeting, and drew heavy criticism online when his daughter Ivanka sat in his place instead of an actual, high-ranked official, as is precedent. Trump has...

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Rebuilding Afghanistan: A Chance for U.S.-China Consistency

Afghanistan is at the crossroads of the “Heart of Asia”. Because of its geopolitical centrality, the country has been a focal point for invasion and wars. In the 1980s and early 1990s, Afghanistan was a proxy battleground for the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States. Since the 2000s, the country has captured international headlines for its domestic terrorism and instabilities. Beyond the headlines, in fact, Afghanistan security has emerged as one of the few areas of genuine bilateral cooperation in the often-fractious U.S.-China relationship. Following the 2014 withdrawal of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) combat...

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Why is the U.S. Pushing China to Curb North Korea?

The American government has been increasing the pressure on China to take greater action against North Korea’s missile test launches. North Korea has been in the process of developing and testing nuclear weapons for the past 14 years or so. This article aims to shed some light on the historical precedence for actions between the U.S., China, and North Korea today. Since 2016 many missile launches and tests have been conducted with various results. Despite condemnation from many nations, the volume and impact of the tests does not appear to be abating. The missile launches have gotten to such...

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Experts Discuss New Research on China’s Economy at IMF-FED Workshop

Major Takeaways from the 2nd IMF-Atlanta Fed Research Workshop A collaborative effort between the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank (FRB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the 2nd Research Workshop on China’s Economy, was held in Atlanta last week from May 18th–19th. The Carter Center’s China Program had the opportunity to attend the research workshop and to benefit from the new insights that were shared by the presenters. This two-day, invitation-only conference brought together academics, FRB and IMF economists, and other experts to discuss eleven new research papers about China’s economy. The conference followed a familiar research workshop format, with...

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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…