Category: News in Brief

Time to Prepare for the Worst in North Korea

Professor Jia Qingguo of Peking University provides analysis on recent missile launches in North Korea and issues Beijing might have with starting talks with Washington and Seoul to address the North Korean problems. Issues include reviving memories of the Korean War in the 1950s, possible refugee problem, and who would restore domestic order in North Korea in the event of a crisis. Do you agree with Professor Jia? Link to article is at:...

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Experts Stress US, China Collaboration for Peace at Nanjing Forum

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...

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President Carter and Consul General Li Qiangmin Discuss U.S.-China Relations at The Carter Center

On June 16, 2016, President Jimmy Carter and Consul General Li Qiangmin of the Chinese Consulate in Houston met in President Carter’s office at The Carter Center to discuss recent events in U.S.-China relations and future collaboration in Africa. CG Li thanked President Carter for being the grandfather of U.S.-China Relations, and President Carter responded by saying that he hopes The Carter Center will continue to fulfill that role. President Carter discussed with CG Li the Center’s interest in working to establish more areas of U.S.-China collaboration in Africa. In the past, U.S.-China collaboration in Africa has been limited...

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Obama says U.S. will stand by treaty obligations to Japan

President Obama affirmed Thursday that U.S. treaty obligations to Japan extend to a chain of contested islands in the East China Sea, even as he emphasized that Japan and China should seek a peaceful resolution to the dispute. Obama said the United States does not take a position “on final sovereignty over the islands,” which are called the Senkaku by Japan and the Diaoyu by China. But he noted that a long-standing treaty dictates the United States would defend against any attack aimed at Japan. “At the same time,” Obama said, he has told Abe directly “that it would be a profound mistake to continue to see escalation around this issue rather than dialogue and confidence-building measures between Japan and China.” Obama emphasized that the position he was articulating “is not new.” Responding to Obama’s remarks, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a daily press briefing in Beijing that the islands belonged to China. “The so-called U.S.-Japan security treaty is a product of the Cold War era and it cannot be aimed at a third party and ought not to harm China’s territorial sovereignty,” he said. The diplomatic challenge for Obama during his week-long, four-nation regional tour is to convince Asian partners that Washington is serious about its promised strategic “pivot”, while at the same time not harming U.S. ties with China, the world’s second-biggest economy. In his...

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China, Russia seek enhanced mutual political support

China and Russia have been working hard to tighten their relationship this month. Mr. Lavrov, the foreign minister of Russia, met President Xi Jinping on April 15 to discuss China-Russia bilateral co-operation and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. During his visit, Lavrov held meetings with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as well as President Xi Jinping. According to a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Lavrov’s visit was primarily designed to “lay the groundwork” for president Vladimir Putin’s scheduled visit to China in May. In addition to paying an official state visit, Putin will also attend the quadrennial Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Summit, which will be held in Shanghai. In terms of moving the relationship forward, Xi called for “enhanced political mutual support” between China and Russia. Lavrov responded that China and Russia’s “bilateral strategic partnership of coordination has global influence.” Xi and Lavrov’s words hint that this give-and-take relationship is significant to both countries, as it keeps either country from being isolated in the face of opposition from the West. Additionally, Russia and China have blocked a proposal by the United States and France to impose U.N. sanctions on Central African Republic’s former President Francois Bozize and two other people linked to the conflict there. That proposal says Bozize has been financing and supporting militiamen attempting to destabilize the situation in the Central African...

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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…