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Q&As: China/PRC

October 2017

The Chinese Communists' New Politburo Standing Committee: More Claque Than Collective Leadership

Commentary

Xi Jinping on October 25 introduced the other six members of the Politburo Standing Committee. William C. McCahill Jr. (NBR) looks at who they are and whether Xi’s “new era” style of one-man rule can serve China in the 21st century.

October 2017

China’s “New Era” and “Xi Jinping Thought”

Commentary

Before it adjourned on October 24, the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Congress enshrined “Xi Jinping Thought” in the party constitution, giving Xi an authority unmatched by any Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. William C. McCahill Jr. (NBR) considers what Xi Jinping Thought might mean and how it might guide China’s future.

October 2017

China’s 19th Party Congress: ’Tis the Season for Reading the Tea Leaves

Commentary

Writing in advance of the important 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress, Nadège Rolland (NBR) notes that among the possible outcomes, only one is close to a sure thing: Xi will remain in power for the next five years

June 2017

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at 20: Celebrating Decline?

Commentary

On the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China, Friedrich Wu (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies) assesses the city’s economic and political outlook after two decades under Chinese rule.

May 2017

Rule of Law in China: An Essential Component of U.S.-China Relations

Policy Q&A

China specialist Murray Scot Tanner discusses where China is headed on rule of law issues and how the rule of law in China affects U.S. interests.

May 2017

Asia’s Orphan: Taiwan's Strategic Culture in Context

Policy Q&A

Steven M. Goldstein (Harvard University) highlights the main findings of the NBR Special Report "Taiwan: Asia's Orphan?" and explains how Taiwan’s perception of its “orphan” status in the international system shapes its strategic culture, as well as its approach to its relationships with China and the United States.

November 2016

Behind the Official Narrative: China’s Strategic Culture in Perspective

Policy Q&A

Christopher A. Ford, chief legislative counsel for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discusses the idiosyncratic characteristics of Chinese strategic culture. He argues that although the Chinese Communist Party’s official narrative depicts China’s strategic culture as essentially pacifistic and disinclined toward violence, its basic orientation is fundamentally realist.

October 2016

Strategic Culture, National Strategy, and Policymaking in the Asia-Pacific

Policy Q&A

Ahead of the release of Strategic Asia 2016–17 in November, NBR spoke with Ashley J. Tellis, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and research director of the Strategic Asia Program. Dr. Tellis explains the importance of strategic culture for understanding international relations, discusses the volume’s main findings, and assesses some of the implications for U.S. policy in Asia.

August 2016

Declaring Consistent Commitments: U.S. Maritime Policy in the Asia-Pacific

Policy Q&A

Admiral Jonathan Greenert (ret.), former U.S. chief of naval operations, discusses U.S. maritime and security interests in the Asia-Pacific and provides recommendations on how to maintain regional stability and ensure commitments to allies in an interview with NBR.

August 2016

China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative and the Sino-Russian Entente

Policy Q&A

To better understand the nuances of the developing relationship between Russia and China, NBR spoke with Alexander Gabuev (Carnegie Moscow Center) about Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to China, a natural gas agreement signed in May 2014, and long-term prospects for the Sino-Russian entente.

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