In “How New and Assertive Is China’s New Assertiveness?” Iain Johnston argues that China’s recent foreign policy is not as assertive as many scholars and pundits contend. Johnston’s study is a welcome addition to the literature on Chinese foreign policy in three respects.1 First, it is the most comprehensive study by a leading China scholar on China’s new assertiveness. Second, it challenges the conventional understanding that this assertiveness is both unprecedented and aggressive by design. Third, it addresses potential problems of overestimating the threat from China.
Alastair Iain Johnston is the James Albert Noe and Linda Noe Laine Professor of China in World Affairs at Harvard University.
We can expect a positive Xi-Trump summit in Florida, but uncertainties still lie ahead. The highly anticipated summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump has been officially confirmed by the Chinese government, thus raising important questions about what to expect from the summit and regarding the future of U.S.-China relations in general. Given what has happened since Trump’s taking office on January 20, 2017, things are looking rather positive in U.S.-China relations. For example, when U.S.
Overview: The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) announce the annual Abe Fellowship Program competition. Funding for the Abe Fellowship Program is provided by CGP.
How the 1972 normalization talks still bedevil Sino-Japanese relations today
Sino-Japanese relations have been on a roller coaster ride for at least three decades.
Through the U.S. Naval War College’s China Maritime Studies Institute, the authors have just published China Maritime ReportNo. 1, entitled “China’s Third Sea Force, The People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia: Tethered to the PLA.” In it, they propose a more formal term for China’s maritime militia: the People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia (PAFMM).
Amid growing awareness that China’s Maritime Militia acts as a Third Sea Force which has been involved in international sea incidents, it is necessary for decision-makers who may face such contingencies to understand the Maritime Militia’s role in China’s armed forces. Chinese-language open sources reveal a tremendous amount about Maritime Militia activities, both in coordination with and independent of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
The Center held its annual lecture at Georgia Tech on March 8th. Dr. Thomas Christensen spoke to a crowd of over 100 attendees about ways to understand China’s rise. Many see China as a rival superpower to the United States and imagine the country’s rise to be a threat to U.S. leadership in Asia and beyond. Dr. Christensen argues against this zero-sum vision. Instead, he described a new paradigm in which the real challenge lies in dissuading China from regional aggression while encouraging the country to contribute to the global order. Dr. Christensen is William P.
Part 1 of this series discussed Vice Admiral Shen Jinlong’s background, meteoric rise, and recent promotion to PLAN Commander. However, his appointment raises a number of questions about his role in the PLA Navy’s modernization, his promotion’s implication for China’s promotion system, and about his predecessor’s continued presence on the Central Military Commission.