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Commentaries by Fan Jishe

Fan Jishe

Professor, the Central Party School of Communist Party of China

Dr. Fan Jishe is now Professor of Institute for International Strategic Studies, The Central Party School of the Communist Party of China. He used to be Senior Fellow of the Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and also Deputy Director of the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation Studies.
  • Nov 29, 2021

    The United States and other nuclear powers are part of the problem. But they can also be part of the solution. The existing nuclear order isn’t perfect, but no country can afford to let it fall apart. Now is the time to act.

  • Jun 24, 2021

    Three major matters underpin the future of China-U.S. relations. First, there is no such thing as a destiny of doom as presented in the concept of the Thucydides trap. On the contrary, the future of the Sino-U.S. relationship is largely up to both countries to assess, determine and choose.

  • Jun 09, 2020

    China did not take the route of the United States and Soviet Union in the Cold War era but held to a rational, reasonable policy. Barring some major international shift, it’s a posture that’s not likely to change soon.

  • Sep 13, 2019

    Nuclear weaponry poses a special set of challenges as Donald Trump and the United States abandon past commitments. Restoring stable relationships between nuclear powers is essential, and China certainly has a place at the table.

  • Mar 06, 2019

    Although the two sides left the Hanoi Summit emptyhanded, it nonetheless set a positive tone for a possible future deal — especially if both sides give their diplomats a chance to conduct working-level negotiations, rather than expecting meetings between top leaders to resolve a host of complex issues.

  • Jun 15, 2018

    The Singapore summit was a good step forward, but a lot of questions remain.

  • Apr 11, 2018

    Last year witnessed 'the highest tension' in the Korean Peninsula since 1994. Early this year, North Korea's gestures and the proposed Inter-Korea Summit and a possible Kim-Trump Summit offered a glimmer of hope to lower the tension. There’s a high probability the Kim-Trump Summit will happen. It is not because either side has dramatically changed their rigid positions, but because there is no better alternative and neither side will have anything significant to lose at a summit. The Trump Administration has clearly stated that its "Maximum Pressure" campaign will remain intact, and its joint military drills with South Korea will be conducted as planned. The proposed summit will offer an opportunity to test North Korea's intentions on denuclearization. For North Korea, the unprecedented sanctions hurt badly, and it has claimed that it has accomplished "the historic cause of perfecting the national nuclear forces". By proposing a summit, North Korea does not need to give up what it has achieved, and a summit might help to relax the sanctions and lower the probability of military conflict.

  • Mar 12, 2018

    Will the proposed meeting between Trump and Kim be "possible progress" or "false hope"?

  • Oct 20, 2017

    Trump has failed to learn from the success of the Iran nuclear deal and to apply those lessons to North Korea. His failure risks the future of nonproliferation.

  • Jul 20, 2017

    Outsourcing the North Korea issue to China has never worked, and it is less likely to work this time. There is no doubt that China's cooperation and coordination is important and perhaps indispensable, but the ongoing rising tension is making the totally unwanted bombing option only more likely unless Trump gets more creative.

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