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Chinese responses to the Trump administration.

Written by Baogang He.

In this short article, I will discuss China’s response to the Trump administration. There exists a diverse range of Chinese opinions, however, I will only discuss the official, not popular, responses. I will focus on three issues – war and peace, China’s new world leadership role, and China’s efforts to deepen Asian regionalism. Continue reading “Chinese responses to the Trump administration.”

ASEAN’s Golden Jubilee and Global Britain’s Other Golden Opportunity

 

Written by Veerle Nouwens.

While the term ‘golden’ has thus far been used in relation to UK-China relations, the UK should view Southeast Asia in the same light. This year, the Association for South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) celebrates its golden jubilee. The future for ASEAN is bright – steady progress has been made in its integration efforts which will help unlock its potential for exceptional economic growth. The United Kingdom has up to now principally engaged with ASEAN through the European Union (EU). However, as Britain prepares to ‘go global’ following its exit from the EU, its lack of experience in trade negotiations means that chances for a deal that affords it better access to China’s domestic markets are slim. In that light, ‘Global Britain’ should recognise that its multi-faceted links to Southeast Asia afford it an opportunity to strengthen its engagement there and position itself as a regional partner in its own right. Continue reading “ASEAN’s Golden Jubilee and Global Britain’s Other Golden Opportunity”

Introduction to Special Issue on China and the United Kingdom

Written by James Farley.

President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the United Kingdom in October 2015 was heralded, at least by the British government, as the start of a new ‘golden relationship’ with the People’s Republic of China. The visit was intended to establish both friendlier diplomatic relations but also foster greater business links between the two countries. Britain, it was argued, was potentially an attractive business partner for China, particularly because of its close relationship with the European Union. A year later and the political situation has changed considerably. On the 23rd of June 2016 the British people voted in a referendum to end their membership of the Union. This decision has generated a great deal of uncertainty, particularly regarding the types of relationships the United Kingdom will be able to build following its exit from the EU. British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has stated that ‘Brexit’ will provide the opportunity for there to be a ‘truly global Britain.’ Continue reading “Introduction to Special Issue on China and the United Kingdom”

China-North Korea Relations: Pitfalls and Possibilities

Written by Timothy Rich

China is frequently viewed through a myopic lens when it comes to North Korea. It is technically committed to the country’s defence under the 1961 Sino-North Korean Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty and is a lifeline to the Hermit Kingdom that undermines efforts to sanction the regime over its continued nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests. China comprises roughly three-quarters of North Korea’s imports and exports and even after the 2016 nuclear test, China emphasised that sanctions should not harm “normal trade”. However, oversimplifying China-North Korea relations creates a convenient scapegoat for Western observers frustrated over the lack of progress on rein in Pyongyang. This overlooks long-standing tensions between the two countries and risks overestimating China’s influence over its neighbour. At the same time, Chinese influence encourages domestic reforms in North Korea and although piecemeal, these reforms suggest ways to constrain North Korean belligerence. Continue reading “China-North Korea Relations: Pitfalls and Possibilities”

Targeting Northeastern Tigers: The Anti-Corruption Campaign in Liaoning

Written by Adam Cathcart

In assessing the depth and the impact of Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, few provinces are as interesting as Liaoning (遼寧). The reason for this curiosity comes in part because Liaoning, quite simply, is the buckle on the north-eastern “rust belt,” having once been the beating industrial heart and the molten steel veins of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) modernization project. Today, it is also an area where extensive corruption has come to light amid industrial restructuring, a downturn in the coal industry, uniquely negative economic numbers, and a huge election-fraud scandal exposed last September. Continue reading “Targeting Northeastern Tigers: The Anti-Corruption Campaign in Liaoning”

Sino-North Korean Relations: Blood Allies without Mutual Trust

Written by Mikyoung Kim.

Unlike South Korea which submitted itself to the US for security protection, North Korea has never compromised its national defence with China. That is despite often cited historical precedents: the Sino-North Korea Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty which remains effective until 2021; and China’s participation in the Korean War (1950-53) which caused 180,000 deaths of Chinese soldiers. While these precedents resulted in the term of “blood allies,” the empirical details reveal the description being close to a euphemism at its best, or a hyperbole at its worse.  Continue reading “Sino-North Korean Relations: Blood Allies without Mutual Trust”

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