China’s Xi Vows to Defend Maritime Interests, Sovereignty in ’17 - Dong Lyu - December 31, 2016
Chinese President Xi Jinping said the country will deepen reforms as he vowed to safeguard its sovereignty and maritime interests in 2017, a year that will present fresh international and domestic challenges for the leaders in Beijing.
On the occasion of the publication of his newest book, Chinese Naval Shipbuilding: An Ambitious and Uncertain Course, the 6th volume in the USNI Press’ Studies in Chinese Maritime Development Series, CIMSEC spoke with editor and author Dr. Andrew Erickson, Professor of Strategy in, and a core founding member of, the U.S. Naval War College (NWC)’s China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI).
China’s Leninist leadership has rightly been termed the “high church of realpolitik.” Beijing’s leaders believe that even small changes in foreign leaders, correlation of forces, or the relative balance of power have important significance. If they appear in flux, China probes for opportunities. If meeting minimal or manageable resistance, it then pushes further to gain ground.
This article aims to provide a conceptual and theoretical framework toanalyze motivations, dilemmas, and challenges of China’s OBOR strategy.The article argues that OBOR could be viewed as China’s new geoeconomicstrategy. Potentially creating a new, China-led economic, diplomatic, andsecurity system, OBOR has great potential to transform China’s domestic andforeign policy. Uncertainties of OBOR are largely due to the fact that Chinais still uncertain about its role on the world stage.
Many observers see mutual distrust as a major reason for increasing tensions in East Asia, but few studies systematically explore exactly how trust, or the lack of it, influences international cooperation in the region. We examine the microfoundations of international trust in East Asia by analyzing an original survey of Chinese urban residents’ attitudes toward Japan and South Korea. We find that generalized trust, or the belief that other nations have benign intentions, provides the most important driving force of trust toward Japan and South Korea.
The challenges and opportunities presented by China’s rise are hotly contested. To help make sense of the issue, the ChinaPower Conference will feature a series of debates between leading experts on the nature of Chinese power.
First ChinaPower Conference - Tuesday, November 29, 2016 9:00 am - 5:15 pm - CSIS 2nd Floor Conference Room
9:00 a.m. — Opening/Greeting
Bonnie S. Glaser
Director, China Power Project
Senior Adviser for Asia
Abstract The concept of rising powers is central to international relations, and it is considered crucial for answering questions about war and peace. Yet the theoretical literature on rising powers is surprisingly sparse and highly contentious. One of the biggest shortcomings in this literature is that rising powers are conceptualized only in terms of their material capabilities, that is, their relative economic and military power. As a result, there is little agreement on who is a rising power, when they rose, and when they became or will become a great power.
China was in the crosshairs of both U.S. presidential candidates this election season. Republican candidate Donald J. Trump pledged to put an end to Chinese trade policies that “rape” the U.S. economy, while Democratic candidate Hillary R.