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...Read More
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...Read More
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
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SR: The Week’s China Reads
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…