China’s impressive infrastructure projects have been the subjects of both international praise and criticism. A recent New York Times article about the debt-ridden Chishi Bridge seems to have rekindled longstanding concerns about the future of China’s economy. The country’s infrastructure feats are often afflicted with corruption, debt, and poor construction. The collapse of a $12 million Chinese-built bridge in Kenya and the “straddling bus” investment scam this week are just two recent examples. Other varieties of China’s infrastructure resource misallocations include China’s modern ghost towns and unused airports and factories. Two major causes of China’s inefficient infrastructure investments are...Read More
Image Source: The Strategist, June 30th, 2016 Since the Mar-a-Lago Summit in early April: questions about how the Sino-American relationship will congeal under the Trump administration have been brought to the forefront. Kurt Campbell, former Assistant Secretary of State under President Obama, gave his thoughts at a recent event held by The United States Institute for Peace (USIP) in conjunction with The Carter Center. The topic: where can the United States and China work together in Africa in the realm of security. Having been instrumental in formulating the new American policy toward China known as the “pivot” , Mr....Read More
The Role of National Identity & Media in US-China Relations CALL FOR PAPERS 2017 The Fourth Young Scholars Forum on US-China Relations Organized by Emory University, The Carter Center and the Global Times Sponsored by the Center for Global Information Studies, Georgia State University October 24 and 25, 2017 Atlanta, United States In 2017, the Fourth Young Scholars Forum on US-China Relations will take place in late October at the Carter Center/Emory University in Atlanta, GA, the United States. The organizers invite young scholars from China and the U.S. to present findings that examine the role of national identity,...Read More
Chinese and US scholars on Wednesday stressed the importance of exchanges in various fields to reduce differences and enhance mutual trust at a forum co-hosted by the Carter Center and the Global Times in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu Province. As China still lags behind the US in many aspects, it is confusing that the US considers China to be a threat, Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times said, adding that an incisive discussion was welcome at the Third US-China Young Scholars Forum over where the US worries were from . “The gap [in development and national strength] between...Read More
On Wednesday night of July 27th, Vice President Joe Biden delivered the best (and hopefully not last) speech he’s ever presented to a large Democratic audience. With his undeniable passion, strength and motivation, he once again showed us why he was the perfect running mate for President Obama and a great Vice President for the United States of America. In contrast to President Obama’s elegantly rational address, Vice President Biden’s speech was one heavily tainted with fierce passion and patriotism. His oration strayed from the conventional restrictions of typical political statements and instead became an utterance from the bottom...Read More
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…