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Bringing Order Out of Chaos – the Investigation of Zhou Yongkang

Bringing Order Out of Chaos – the Investigation of Zhou Yongkang

Tong Zhiwei, Professor, East China University of Political Science and Law

The downfall of Zhou Yongkang and Xu Caihou is of great practical significance, as it sets a new milestone in China’s deepening anti-graft campaign and clears way for the rule of law, writes Tong Zhiwei.

Japan’s 2014 Defense White Paper Bodes Ill for China-Japan Relations

Stephen Harner, Former US State Department Official

What does the release of Japan’s 2014 Defense White Paper say about the future of Sino-US-Japanese trilateral relations? Stephen Harner warns that Abe’s vision, as laid out in the White Paper, is not a path towards stability in the Asia-Pacific.

Foreign Direct Investment Falling: Trend Could Last Long

Gordon Chang, Writer

Could Beijing’s anti-monopoly investigations of foreign companies be contributing to a fall in foreign direct investment? Gordon G. Chang examines the trend and describes how increased scrutiny of Western companies could lead investment flows out of China.

Does the US-Africa Leaders Summit Reflect a Shift in America’s Strategic Thinking?

Dong Chunling & Wang Lei, Assistant Researchers, CICIR

While the inaugural U.S. Africa Leaders Summit made great strides to improve the United States’ relationship with the continent, Dong Chunling and Wang Lei express doubt that the three-day meeting will hold much sway of America’s strategic thinking or foreign policy.

Restraint, Not Zeal, is Needed in China’s Anti-Monopoly Crackdown

Minxin Pei, Professor, Claremont McKenna College

The anti-monopoly crackdown by Chinese regulators and targeted at well-known Western companies like Microsoft, Qualcomm, BMW, and General Motors has raised concerns about the merits of the cases and Chinese protectionism.

China Can Break Its Free Rider Reputation on Afghanistan

Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

China has provided modest aid to Afghanistan, but its economic and security contributions remain much less than those provide by Western countries, despite China’s geographic and other links to Afghanistan.

For the Rest of Asia, America Might Be a Friend, but China Cannot Be an Enemy

George Yeo, former foreign minister, Singapore

As tensions rise between the U.S. and China over China’s islands dispute with Japan, American strategists have been thinking about how to accommodate China while at the same time standing behind their Japanese ally.

A South China Sea Alternative to “Coop-frontation”


A South China Sea Alternative to “Coop-frontation”

Can a market-based plan for energy infrastructure provide peace and prosperity in the South China Sea? Stewart Taggart, a former financial journalist, examines recent tensions and describes how creating Joint Development Areas could boost cooperation and mutual trust.

Asia-Pacific Pivot Handicapped in Troubled World

Chen Xiangyang, Deputy Director, CICIR

The international and domestic crises that have occurred this past summer have jeopardized President Obama’s Asia-Pacific rebalance. The Ukrainian Crisis, the “Arab Spring”, and the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip are only some of the catastrophes that have led to dissatisfaction with the President’s foreign policy and possible victory for Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections.

Deng Xiaoping’s US Policy Remains Consistent

Yu Sui, Professor, China Center for Contemporary World Studies

With August 22, 2014 marking the 110th Anniversary of Deng Xiaoping’s birth, Yu Sui reflects on the role this remarkable date plays in China’s foreign policy and how Xi Jinping has carried on Deng’s work.

Cyber-Snooping by China: Is Anyone Really “Shocked”?


Following allegations by the Canadian government that it had fallen victim to Chinese cyber-attacks, a Canadian couple was arrested in China on charges of espionage. Now, as China’s bilateral relations with Western nations continue to degrade, Hugh Stephens examines the current cyber-spying row and offers suggestions for dispute resolution to Canada, the United States, and Western companies operating in China.

Is China Really a Free Rider in the Middle East?


President Obama’s labeling of China as a “free rider” reveals that the US is actually expressing its frustration with the situation and with China’s unwillingness to join the US in its Middle East foray, writes Jin Liangxiang.

Should Washington Consider Accepting a Chinese Monroe Doctrine?

Ted Carpenter, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

Should Washington Consider Accepting a Chinese Monroe Doctrine?

The United States’ engagement policy toward China is a strategic step toward containing Beijing’s growing financial power and economic influence. However, with tension increasing between China and the United States, Carpenter heeds Washington to look for more sustainable engagement plans before advancing on what American scholars have coined “congagement”, in fear of erupting a larger Sino-American crisis.

Japan Cannot Disguise Its Past

Cai Hong, China Daily's Tokyo Bureau Chief

No matter how hard Japan tries to dress up the war as a valiant battle against colonial powers the truth of its aggression will not be denied, writes Cai Hong.

Japanese Defense White Paper Exposes Military Ambitions

Liu Junhong, Researcher, Chinese Institute of Contemporary Int'l Relations

Marking the 60th Anniversary of Japan’s self-defense forces, the recent release of the Japanese Ministry of Defense’s 2014 White Paper reviews Japan’s military over the past six decades and outlines a new blueprint to help the nation create a military superpower.

The Bumpy Road to China’s Shale Revolution

Michal Meidan, Director, China Matters

While China’s National Energy Administration recently revised its fuel-switching agenda, Michal Meidan points out that this policy alteration is not a sign that the government’s commitment to shale is wavering. Instead, the adoption of a more realistic target provides more stability for the industry and bolsters the future of natural gas in China.

China-US Trade Boosted by Moderate Growth in the US Economy

He Weiwen, Co-director, China-US/EU Study Center, CAIT

Can moderate growth in the United States economy lead to a boost in Sino-U.S. trade? As He Weiwen explains, the United States’ rebounding economy provides greater opportunities to increase trade with China and could help the global economy as a whole.

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