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Environmental Health and China’s Rise

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:49:30 -0500

CFR hosted a workshop to discuss environmental health linkages in China, the Chinese government’s capability to respond to associated health crises, and international experience for coping with similar challenges. 


Robert Rubin on the Future of US-China Relations

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:53:41 -0500

In this interview with Maurits Elen of The Diplomat, Robert Rubin shares his vision on Sino-American relations in the new Trump era.


Trump and China: 5 Views From Beijing

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 15:37:57 -0500

When the Chinese Foreign Ministry expresses “serious concern” about things Donald Trump has said about Taiwan—and a party-controlled newspaper calls him “as ignorant as a child”—it’s clear that Beijing is alarmed. Yet after spending last week in China, I came away struck by the overall complacency of Chinese attitudes toward the president-elect, writes Stephen Sestanovich. 


The President's Inbox: China

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:23:36 -0500

In this episode of The President's Inbox, CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Elizabeth Economy examine President-Elect Donald Trump's priorities on China.


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U.S. Has Failed to Ease Adjustment to Globalization and Free Trade, Says Alden in New Book

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:06:25 -0400

In Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy, Council on Foreign Relations Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow Edward Alden explains why the political consensus in support of trade liberalization has collapsed, and how to correct the course.  The United States has contributed more than any other nation to writing the rules that created the competitive global economy of today, helping support stronger growth in much of the world. Yet successive U.S. administrations have done far too little to help Americans succeed under those rules, says Alden.


How The Next U.S. President Can Contain China In Cyberspace

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 11:13:08 -0400

When transition planning gets underway in earnest this fall, one of the hardest memos to write will be the outbrief from the current National Security Council (NSC) team on what to do about China’s ongoing campaign of cyber espionage targeting the intellectual property of U.S. companies. While long a focus of both the president’s cyber and China teams, there is little chance that in the coming months the issue is going to be brought to any type of resolution. Instead, the next president will inherit a partially implemented plan that has produced positive results in the short term, but its long-term sustainability remains uncertain. He or she would be wise to follow the playbook left by the Obama administration, with a redoubled focus on the investigation and prosecution of cybercrime.


A Looming Power Struggle for China?

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:58:35 -0400

If President Xi Jinping hopes to extend his leadership beyond two terms, he must prevent the Communist Party from selecting a successor in the coming months, says expert Minxin Pei.


A Conversation With Ai Weiwei

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:08:31 -0400

Famous Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei discusses art, politics, human rights, and China's future.


Duterte’s Flip-Flop Into Bed With China Is a Disaster for the United States

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:55:48 -0400

With the Philippine president ditching Washington for Beijing, the contest to control the South China Sea just got a lot more complicated.


Beijing and Taipei Should End Their Tug of War Over Repatriation of Criminal Suspects

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:24:29 -0400

In this op-ed Jerry Cohen and Yu-Jie Chen argue that both governments would benefit if China ceased a new policy of having Taiwanese criminals from third countries deported to China instead of Taiwan.


Relations in "Kim Jong Un's Era"

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:56:26 -0400

China-South Korea tensions rose with the announcement of the U.S.-South Korea alliance decision to deploy the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea and South Korean protests against illegal Chinese fishing. Exclusive economic zones (EEZs) remain another point of China-South Korea tension. Although China and South Korea seek to advance trade within various frameworks, such efforts only highlight a widening gap between the economic and political aspects of their relationship. Current security priorities require effective approaches to both immediate differences over THAAD and EEZs and longer-term preferences over how to effectively promote lasting stability on the Korean Peninsula, write Snyder and See Won Byun, PhD candidate in political science at the George Washington University.


US-Japan Relations: Hiroshima to The Hague

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:52:50 -0400

Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies, overviews President Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima in May and his last visit to Asia that reemphasized the regional priorities of his “pivot” to Asia. She, together with Charles McClean of University of California, San Diego, also examine the shared challenges the United States and Japan face such as domestic politics of each country,  the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, North Korean fifth nuclear test, and continued maritime tensions in Asia even after the ruling of The Hague came out.


A Sharper Choice on North Korea

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:01:38 -0400

The Task Force recommends revising U.S. policy toward North Korea to break the cycle of North Korean provocation and promote stability in Northeast Asia.


How to Deal With North Korea

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:14:22 -0400

North Korea’s accelerating nuclear and missile programs, including its recent nuclear test, pose a grave and expanding threat to security, stability and peace in Asia and the rest of the world. This threat affects close U.S. allies — South Korea and Japan — and U.S. personnel and facilities in the region. In the coming months and years, it will create increasing danger for the United States.


The Best Weapon Against Chinese Expansionism Is Not a Weapon

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 16:44:05 -0400

Despite all the military bluster regarding China’s encroachment in the South and East China seas, this is an economic contest, not a military one.


Chinese Universities, Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:17:26 -0400

Ventures in Seattle — and Laos, and Malaysia — are all part of a new soft-power push.


What’s the Future of Chinese Hacking?

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:49:16 -0400

Adam analyzes the motivations of Chinese hackers and potential incidents that might lead to an increase in hacking by Chinese state actors.



U.S. Needs New South China Sea Strategy To Contain Beijing

Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:01:44 -0400

On Tuesday, the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration issued its final ruling in a landmark case between the Philippines and China over disputed maritime claims in the South China Sea. The object of intense global interest, the three-year-old case has come to serve as a bellwether for the kind of rising power China intends to be.


State Capitalism and the Return of Economic Interventionism

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:51:19 -0400

Joshua Kurlantzick discusses economic interventionism amidst the return of statism.


Preserving a Rules-Based Order in the South China Sea

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:28:56 -0400

A UN tribunal's ruling upholds the need for a rules-based order that counters China's efforts to turn the South China Sea region into a sphere of influence, says expert Andrew Erickson.


Like It or Not, UNCLOS Arbitration Is Legally Binding for China

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:00:51 -0400

In this article, Cohen discusses why China is legally bound by the UNCLOS arbitration tribunal’s ruling on the Philippines’ case against China on the South China Sea and the potential for the Philippines and China to renew bilateral negotiations in the ruling’s wake.



The Future of Global Supply Chains

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:49:14 -0400

CFR hosted a workshop to explore how globalized production patterns are evolving, the risks they face, and how companies and countries can improve compliance and resilience across supply chains through new trade standards, legal regimes, and policies. 


The Once and Future Superpower

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 15:15:54 -0400

After two and a half decades, is the United States’ run as the world’s sole superpower coming to an end? Many say yes, seeing a rising China ready to catch up to or even surpass the United States in the near future. By many measures, after all, China’s economy is on track to become the world’s biggest, and even if its growth slows, it will still outpace that of the United States for many years.


Eurasia's Coming Anarchy

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:33:47 -0400

As China asserts itself in its nearby seas and Russia wages war in Syriaand Ukraine, it is easy to assume that Eurasia’s two great land powers are showing signs of newfound strength. But the opposite is true: increasingly, China and Russia flex their muscles not because they are powerful but because they are weak. 


Can China's Companies Conquer the World?

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:26:32 -0400

Despite China’s recent economic struggles, many economists and analysts argue that the country remains on course to overtake the United States and become the world’s leading economic power someday soon. Indeed, this has become a mainstream view—if not quite a consensus belief—on both sides of the Pacific. 


Is There a Way for Beijing to Save Face After the South China Sea Arbitration Ruling?

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 16:02:04 -0400

In this article, Cohen discusses the preparations in advance of the UNCLOS tribunal’s ruling by parties and non-parties in the South China Sea disputes including China, the Philippines, Taiwan, and the United States.


How China Sees Russia

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:23:54 -0400

At a time when Russian relations with the United States and western European countries are growing cold, the relatively warm ties between China and Russia have attracted renewed interest.


China’s G20 Challenge

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 13:31:32 -0400

China’s leadership of the Group of Twenty (G20) in 2016 comes at a moment when the role of the G20 itself is being challenged. CFR's Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and the Asia Global Institute convened a workshop in Hong Kong to assess the agenda facing the G20, why the group had fallen short of expectations in recent years, and whether China’s leadership in 2016 provides an opportunity for renewal. 


China-Korea Relations: New Sanctions, Old Dilemmas

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 14:10:43 -0400

North Korea’s fourth nuclear test in January and long-range rocket launch in February drew global opposition in the form of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution 2270 and condemnation by regional leaders. Pyongyang promptly dismissed such calls with a series of short- and mid-range missile launches in March and April. 


China's Strategy for Asia: Maximize Power, Replace America

Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:08 -0400

Ambassador Robert Blackwill asserts that China’s strategy is to maximize its “comprehensive national power” at the expense of American predominance in Asia, and that Xi Jinping—as China’s most powerful leader since Deng Xiaoping—is likely to pursue that strategy aggressively. Blackwill argues for a revised American grand strategy toward Asia that seeks to avoid conflict with Beijing and maintain U.S. primacy in the region.

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