North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launch—the first to occur during the Trump administration—once again raises the question of how the United States should handle the North Korean nuclear program, and how China should fit into the equation.
On January 17, 2017, 71-year old Admiral Wu Shengli retired from a 41-year career culminating in nearly 11 years as commander of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), making him the second-longest-serving Chinese naval head in history. The longest-serving was Xiao Jinguang, who led the PLAN, albeit with some political interruption, during a particularly difficult three decades from 1950-79.
A new leader has just taken the helm of the world’s largest navy. Vice Admiral Shen Jinlong (沈金龙) reportedly replaced Admiral Wu Shengli (吴胜利) as PLAN Commander on January 17, 2017 (Global Times Online, January 20). On the morning of January 20, Shen offered Lunar New Year greetings to sailors on patrol in the Gulf of Aden via video-teleconference (Chinese Navy Online, January 20).
In a little over a month since Donald Trump’s stunning victory in the presidential election, the president-elect has already, as he promised during the campaign, adopted a new thinking on China, most notably with his highly controversial remarks on the United States’ “one China” policy. It all started with a seemingly harmless “courtesy call” from Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen and developed into a mini-crisis in U.S.-China relations after Trump doubled down by threatening to change a decades-long U.S. stance in the form of the “one China” policy.
Yes and no, but China should get ready for global leadership if the U.S. further retreats from the world. Recently, a new debate has emerged within China: a debate about whether the country should assume global leadership. This debate has intensified since President Xi Jinping ‘s pro-globalization speech at Davos earlier this year, raising many important questions for China and the world.
Beijing is reluctant to give Pyongyang a real ultimatum - but the US can bring it round More. North Korea’s nuclear ambitions seem unstoppable. The Obama administration’s policy of “strategic patience” has failed and there are growing calls for President Donald Trump to reach out directly to Pyongyang.
U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission to Hold Hearing on China’s Advanced Weapons, Thurs. 23 February 2017, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Rm. 419
Posted: 17 Feb 2017 04:10 PM PST
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419
As China’s navy undergoes a change in leadership, what lies ahead for the rapidly modernizing service? On January 17, 2017, 71-year old Admiral Wu Shengli retired from a 41-year career culminating in nearly 11 years as commander of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), making him the second-longest-serving Chinese naval head in history. The longest-serving was Xiao Jinguang, who led the PLAN, albeit with some political interruption, during a particularly difficult three decades from 1950-79.
Summary - This paper pursues an inquiry into the relationship between ethnicity and development in the largest authoritarian country in the contemporary world, the People’s Republic of China. It engages the theoretical literature on ethnic diversity and development in general, but also pays special attention to political economy logics unique to authoritarian systems.