At the recently concluded sixth plenary session of the 18th Party Congress of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee, there were two major political developments. One is that the Party approved two important documents regarding the discipline of the Party itself: “The norms of political life within the Party under the new situation,” and “regulations on intra-Party supervision.” Another is that Xi Jinping has been elevated to “core” status. Both are important political developments and have huge implications for China’s future reforms.
|The East Asia Institute is pleased to announce the selection result of the “Fellows Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia” for the academic year 2016-2017, made possible by the generous support of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange of Taiwan, and YBM/KIS, an education institute of Korea.|
China is striving to reclaim its historical role as the pre-eminent power in East Asia, with considerable influence beyond. Critical to its trajectory will be its maritime development, which has typically waxed and waned with the nation’s fortunes. Many continue to see China as a continental power, and this was indeed a fitting characterization of the decaying empire of the late Qing, embattled Republican China, and the People’s Republic in the throes of revolution, Maoist excesses, and anti-Soviet struggle.
What will American foreign policy look like under President-Elect Donald Trump? Three government professors weighed in Nov. 10 at the weekly lecture of the Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.
Elizabeth Sanders, whose research focuses on the institution of the U.S. presidency, noted that Trump is completely innocent when it comes to foreign relations. There is no record to observe. In Sanders’ view, we need to look at his potential advisers.
TAIWAN IN TRANSITION? INITIAL IMPRESSIONS OF THE TSAI ING-WEN ADMINISTRATION
Taiwan Studies Workshop
9:45am – Introductory Remarks: Hon. Stanley Kao, Representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States.
10:15am – Shelley Rigger, Davidson College
11:15am – Scott Kennedy, Center for Strategic and International Studies
1:00pm – Kuen-da (Dalton) Lin, Georgia Institute of Technology
A brief overview of incremental balancing responses vis-a-vis China in the context of recent US calls for a “principled and inclusive security network”… has just been published in the journal of the ASAN Institute for Policy Studies. It framed the piece in part as a critique of frequent criticism from Beijing of Washington’s alleged containment strategy (As the title suggests, It argues such claims are misguided).
China’s September 30 announcement that it would temporarily divert the Xiabuqu—a domestic river that feeds into the mighty Brahmaputra running from Tibet through Northeast India and Bangladesh into the Bay of Bengal—to allow for the construction of two hydroelectric dams exacerbates anxieties in both downstream Delhi and Dhaka. However, the latest round of recriminations and uncertainties also offer an opportunity to move beyond existing piecemeal and bilateral arrangements, and on to multilateral and confidence-assuring commitments to share information and ultimately even water.
Reading Thomas Christensen’s new book the China Challenge reminds me of an interesting Chinese proverb, “the style is the man” (wenru qiren). Christensen’s book wonderfully represents who he is: a leading China scholar with deep knowledge of Chinese foreign policy, a former senior diplomat with a moderate view, and a first-rate international relations theorist with a creative mind. Among the increasing number of new books on China, The China Challenge is exceptional largely because of its unique author.