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Now What About the Next 35 Years in U.S.-China Relations?

The U.S.-China Public Policy Forum on the 35th Anniversary of U.S.-China Diplomatic Relations was held at Harvard on March 23-25. The keynote speech was titled, “Now What About the Next 35 Years in US-China Relations? Can China and the US Work Together to Construct New Global Public Goods?” It was delivered by The Honorable Kevin Michael Rudd, 26th Prime Minister of Australia, Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center, at the Harvard Kennedy School Loeb House, on March 24, 2014. Please click the link below to download a transcript of the speech: Kevin Rudd Keynote Speech on US-China Relations...

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China, eyeing Japan, seeks WW2 focus for Xi during Germany visit

BEIJING (Reuters) – China wants to make World War Two a key part of a trip by President Xi Jinping to Germany next month, much to Berlin’s discomfort, diplomatic sources said, as Beijing tries to use German atonement for its wartime past to embarrass Japan. China has increasingly contrasted Germany and its public contrition for the Nazi regime to Japan, where repeated official apologies for wartime suffering are sometimes undercut by contradictory comments by conservative politicians. Ties between the two Asian rivals worsened when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine on December 26, which China sees as a symbol of Tokyo’s past militarism because it...

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President Carter Media Roundtable on US-China Relations, Part 2

[These are President Carter’s remarks from a press conference on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in response to questions posed by Chinese new organizations.] Xinhua: Since  the founding of China in 1949, the U.S. and China have had a very complicated relationship. This relationship changed significantly after 1979 when you and Deng Xiaoping normalized the relationship between China and the U.S. Many suggest this is the most important bilateral relationship as well as the most difficult one in the world. President Xi Jinping talks about a new model of great power relationship. What do you think is this new model?...

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New laws restricting Weibo posts lead to high-profile arrests

Chinese entrepreneur Wang Gongquan was arrested on Friday, Sept. 13 in part of an ongoing crackdown on online speech that the government considers disruptive. The New York Times reports that Wang has been charged by police with “assembling a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.” The charge likely comes as a response to his posts on Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like microblog, calling for the release of political dissident Xu Zhiyong. Wu Dong, another well-known whistleblower who had been detained by the police for questioning, was released on bail on Sept. 18. Wu rose to online prominence identifying...

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Is China the “sex and labor trafficking capital of the world”?

On June 19, 2013, the US State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. This year, China received a tier 3 ranking—a failing grade. The Chinese government is not too pleased. The TIP report assesses the degree and scale of human trafficking around the world and whether governments are doing enough to address the problem. Since its publication last week, the report has reinvigorated criticism of China’s human rights and human trafficking record. Some commentators accused the Chinese government of being “too indifferent to make it a priority.” US Congressman Chris Smith called China the “sex and...

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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…