Category: Politics

Response to Xiang Songzuo: China Should Learn from the U.S.’s Mistakes as well as its Achievements

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...

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The World Reacts to China’s Constitutional Amendment

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...

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In Pursuit of Nietzsche’s “Rope”: President Carter Talks about U.S.-China Relationship

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter delivered a lecture to about 30 students in Professor Yawei Liu’s class on his experiences and interest in China over the course of his long life. Fitting his wisdom and practical experience, the lecture Carter delivered was more about imparting moral lessons from his experience negotiating with Chinese leaders than instructing the students on the specific details of the history of the relationship. One of these lessons can be found in President Carter’s decision to normalize relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) almost 40 years ago. That...

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All Quiet in the Taiwan Strait in the Coming Years?

On December 2, 2016, then-President-elect Trump received a congratulatory phone call from President Tsai Ing-wen of the Republic of China (ROC), also known as Taiwan. The phone call triggered a political storm in DC, prompting many former foreign policy makers to question President Trump’s rationale in dealing with China and managing US-Taiwan relations. While Trump has not changed his bellicosity on trade issues with Asian countries, and China in particular, his administration has largely opted to follow the traditionalist policy approach in East Asia in other areas. Since February of last year, the Trump administration has honored the “one...

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From Apathy to Zealousness: Student Political Involvement in China and the USA

Young people in both the U.S. and China remain in the spotlight of politics, whether they are being discussed as a group, praised, or criticized. But are students in the US and China actually involved with politics in their respective countries? Has student involvement changed historically? While it is difficult to compare American and Chinese student involvement in politics because of how incredibly different their governments are in terms of structure (communist state vs. constitutional federal republic), how political parties operate (one major party vs. two major parties), and political outlooks (the system as a means to an end and betterment of the country vs. the system as morally just). This article serves as a brief examination of what political participation can...

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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…