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The Hunt for Super-Tigers in Beijing

The Hunt for Super-Tigers in Beijing

Minxin Pei, Prof. of government at Claremont McKenna College

In the search for corrupt Party officials, Xi Jinping should aim to fulfill three tasks so as to make his ouster of corruption most effective, according to Minxin Pei. In addition to this, Xi Jinping should also exercise caution in what decisions he makes regarding the “super tiger.”

Debunking Misconceptions About Xi Jinping’s Anti-corruption Campaign

Cheng Li & Ryan McElveen, from The Brookings Institution

The purge of China’s highest-ranking general to be expelled from the party affirms that Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign is the boldest and most serious that China has ever experienced, write Cheng Li and Ryan McElveen.

What’s Next for the BRICS?

Eric Farnsworth, VP, Council of the Americas and Americas Society

Expectations about the upcoming BRICS meeting in Brazil on July 15 are high, with many of the participant leaders aiming for the meeting to be a success for various political reasons. Eric Farnsworth analyzes these expectations, as well as the topics on the BRICS agenda for discussion.

Two Reasons for Changing the RMB Exchange Rate

Yi Xianrong, researcher, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

After the Renminbi depreciated for five consecutive months, the market has again seen signs of a pick-up. Some analysts believe the unusual change in RMB exchange rate means the RMB has stopped depreciating and begun returning onto the track of appreciation.

China Courts South Korea: Opportunities and Risks for the United States

Ted Galen Carpenter, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute

President Xi Jingping’s recent visit to South Korea was a rebuff to North Korea’s defiance of China’s warnings not to conduct nuclear or missile tests. If the United States incentivizes the Chinese government to incur the risks of abandoning the North Korean regime, Beijing might be willing to dump Pyongyang and treat Seoul as its future partner on the Peninsula.

Xi’s Seoul Summit Sustains Seoul Ties

Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute

Relations between China and South Korea continue to improve. Their two governments have developed a strong economic partnership and managed their security differences over North Korea and other issues well. Surveys of South Korean public opinion show a remarkable rise in popular assessments of China and its policies. Nevertheless, South Korea remains a reliable U.S. ally and security partner and Beijing’s options regarding Seoul are seriously constrained as long as China remains committed to sustaining North Korea as a buffer state.

The Middle East Must Come Together to Fight Terrorism

Wu Sike, Chinese special envoy to the Middle East

But to stabilize the security situation, the Iraqis themselves must show political sense. The security force must not be at the service of any particular sect or group; it must repair its reputation and rededicate itself to serving the Iraqi nation, writes Wu Sike.

Mr. Xi Goes to Seoul

Mel Gurtov, Editor-in-Chief of Asian Perspective

Chinese President Xi Jinping recently made a trip to South Korea to further three objectives, according to Mel Gurtov. Given these three objectives, Gurtov analyzes and discusses their implications. More broadly, he also analyzes the implications of President Xi Jinping’s trip in general.

A Second Look at the China-Brazil Relationship

Fernando Menéndez, principal of Cordoba Group Int'l LLC

While it is rumored that Chinese President Xi Jinping requested the BRICS Summit in Brazil be held in July so he could attend the World Cup, Fernando Menéndez argues that China’s president should have more on his mind than a football game and highlights the significance of the upcoming BRICS Summit.

Discussions for a Smooth US-China Partnership

Shen Dingli, Associate Dean, Fudan Unversity

The recently concluded Strategic & Economic Dialogue, as well as the Consultation on People-to-People Exchange both provide opportunities for high-level annual institutional dialogue, writes Shen Dingli.

Strategic Reaffirmation on China-US Relations

Xue Junying, researcher, China Foundation for International Studies

Strategic Reaffirmation on China-US Relations

China and the US have reaffirmed the right approach to manage their differences in the China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue and the High-level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange. However, both sides must translate their strategic consensus into actual policies. Some examples of policy areas deserving more attention include the Bilateral Investment Treaty, cooperation on climate change issues, and strengthened military-to-military relations.

Why Can Abe’s Government Lift the Ban on Collective Self-Defense?

Chen Jimin, Assistant Research Fellow, Party School of CPC

On July 1, Abe’s government lifted a constitutional ban on collective self-defense. The US, initially indifferent to this development, later expressed its support, despite strong rhetoric condemning Japanese aggression and behavior during WWII. It is necessary for China to properly develop its relationship with the U.S. in order to prevent Japan from further deviating from a peaceful path.

China’s New Concept of Security Updated to Version 3.0

Zhai Kun, director of the Institute of World Political Studies, CICIR

Through an historical review of China’s various concepts of security, Zhai Kun formulates what should be the next version of China’s concept of security and delineates three key aspects of the new concept.

How We Should Not Misread China?

Wang Dong, Associate Professor, School of Int'l Studies, Peking University

While borrowing Chinese President Xi’s hope that the United States would take into consideration the Chinese perspective when it comes to territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas, Wang Dong criticizes widely spread US misperception and misunderstanding of China’s foreign policy behavior, and argues that the absence of the Chinese perspective may have led to much of the misreading of China’s behavior.

Iraqi Crisis Leaves US in Dilemma

He Wenping, senior fellow with the Chahar Institute

China was deeply involved in Iraq’s post-war construction and petroleum exploration, but it has been a sheer outsider in the post-war political rearrangement, while Washington has been the dominating force, writes He Wenping.

Time to Acknowledge the Facts: U.S.-Chinese Cyber Security Talks

Dan Steinbock, Research Director, India China and America Institute

Despite the recent U.S. indictment of PLA officials on grounds of cyber-hacking, Dan Steinbock argues that the only way forward is for both the U.S. and China to acknowledge the facts of the matter and sincerely work to enhance bilateral relations.

Primer on Beijing’s Slice-and-Dice Approach to Energy and Climate Reform

Melanie Hart, Director for China Energy and Climate Policy, Center for American Progress

Whenever U.S. and Chinese government officials meet to discuss opportunities for cooperation on energy and climate change, those discussions often boil down to questions about timing, at least from the U.S. perspective.

Sino-US Competition and Cooperation in Outer Space

Zhao Weibin,Researcher, PLA Academy of Military Science

Outer space is an increasingly important domain of the global commons, but despite the benefits of a Sino-U.S. cooperative approach to space, there remain areas of competition between the two major powers. China and the U.S. should overcome the resistance, build a framework for broad space cooperation, and try to overwhelm the impulse of confrontation by the impetus of cooperation.

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