The American manufacturing industry is a victim of its own efficiency. Blaming the Chinese detracts from the fact that better technology and organization is the actual reason why so few Americans work in manufacturing. A trade war with China will not revive American manufacturing because it does not address the fundamental drivers of the crisis. On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, President Xi delivered a keynote address for the 2018 Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan, which ran through Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Many commentators correctly interpreted the speech as primarily tailored to capitalize on the opportunity arising from the...Read More
Apr 11, 2018 | Politics |
The following is a transcript of the keynote address delivered by President Xi Jinping at the opening of the 2018 Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Openness for Greater Prosperity, Innovation for a Better Future Your Excellencies Heads of State and Government, Heads of International Organizations, Ministers, Incumbent and Incoming Members of the Board of Directors of the Boao Forum for Asia, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends, Hainan today greets us with green mountains, blue ocean, gentle breeze and warm sunshine. In this beautiful season of spring, we gather here for the...Read More
Apr 5, 2018 | Politics |
By Justin Elliott Australia’s growing concern with Chinese influence in Australian affairs is exemplary of the problem China faces with its international image, one that the Chinese government appears reluctant to address. China, it can be said, ranks high in economics. It has the second-largest economy by GDP of any country. By purchasing power parity, it ranks first. Since China began to liberalize its economy in the 1980’s under Deng Xiaoping, it has delivered remarkably consistent economic growth. Though slowing in recent years, it still continues to grow at an impressive rate, with analyses for 2017 suggesting growth of...Read More
Mar 25, 2018 | Politics |
In an article I translated titled “Our Fundamental Problem is not China-U.S. Relations,” the author, Xiang Songzuo, indirectly criticizes the increasing primacy of foreign policy under President Xi. In his rhetoric and actions, President Xi has signaled China’s intention to be more active on the international stage. In his marathon speech at the 19th Party Congress, President Xi used the words “great power” or “strong power” 26 times to describe the significance of China’s rise. He also made 28 overseas trips to 50 countries during his first term, surpassing all his predecessors. Though he acknowledges China’s deep desire to...Read More
Mar 19, 2018 | Politics |
Last Sunday on March 11, 2018, China’s National People’s Congress removed a clause from the national constitution that limited the president and vice president to two consecutive terms. The announcement confirms widespread suspicion that President Xi Jinping, who had Xi Jinping thought enshrined in the party charter last October, planned to change China’s power transfer “regulation”. The provision that the CCP seeks to eliminate was initially added to the 1982 constitution in an effort to learn from the mistakes of Chairman Mao, who developed the cult of personality that was the animating force behind the disastrous Cultural Revolution. Around...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…