[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?...Read More
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...Read More
Jun 28, 2013 | Highlight |
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...Read More
Jun 5, 2013 | Highlight |
As China becomes an increasingly important player in the international community, there are questions about how the country should exert its burgeoning economic and military power. Although attention is mostly directed towards the South and East China Seas, where several hot spots threaten to undermine regional stability, there are some influential voices in China’s foreign policy establishment that have begun advocating for greater attention to the areas beyond China’s western borders, namely Central Asia and the Middle East. Coming on the heels of America’s ‘pivot’ to Asia, this new strategy, known as “Marching West,” potentially represents a new shift in...Read More
Today, China has attained a level of prosperity and stability not seen since 1840. It has the best governing system to date, and compared to other major countries in the world, is the best-performing in terms of development. These facts lay the foundation for the Party’s spiritual guidelines as highlighted during the 18th Party Congress: ‘confidence in our road, our theory, and our system.’ [h4] A Time of Confidence: China is the Future[/h4] Today, China has attained a level of prosperity and stability not seen since 1840. It has the best governing system to date, and compared to other major countries in...Read More
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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…