• Do Subtle Shifts in China's References to Divided Korea Signal Pragmatism on Taiwan?

    by Hu Ping and Perry Link

    In seeking to navigate Beijing's seeming intransigence on recognizing Taiwan, the United States can look to the PRC's subtle shift in rhetoric: it has stopped including divided Korea as a comparison to an unacceptable "two China" policy and categorized it as "one country, two governments," suggesting steps toward pragmatic acceptance. 

  • What's Behind the Spy Balloon Hysteria?

    by Heather Cox Richardson

    The February 2023 Chinese Spy Balloon Incident will be remembered by historians—not for its international significance but for the over-the-top response of a Republican opposition detached from reality. 

  • China's 2022: Protest, Ceremony, and Surprise

    by Jeffrey Wasserstrom and William Yang

    China's recent oscillations between official ceremonies of authority and insurgent protests presents a complex picture of a Chinese Communist Party struggling to maintain authority despite its formidable mechanisms of surveillance and coercion. 

  • The US-China Relationship: Why It Collapsed, How it Can Be Fixed

    by Jake Werner

    The split between the US and China precedes the leadership of Biden, Trump, and Xi, as politicians in both countries have increasingly come to see the others' prosperity as a threat. Solving the split requires looking to the problems of global market capitalism that exacerbated the rift. 

  • Don't Forget about the Nuclear Danger over Taiwan

    by Michael Klare

    Ukraine isn't the only potential nuclear flashpoint. The United States and China need to begin negotiations to limit the risk around the conflict over Taiwan's status. 

  • Biden's Taiwan Rhetoric Risks Antagonizing China For No Gain

    by Stephen Wertheim

    The United States' "One China" policy is ambivalent, awkward and dissatisfying. But it's served to prevent a destructive war for decades. Biden's recent comments threaten to destabilize the arrangement. 

  • How Will History Remember Xi?

    by Robert Brent Toplin

    Despite China's growth as an economic and military force, Xi Jinping's authoritarian government may ultimately be seen as a drag on the nation's prosperity and the flourishing of the Chinese population. 

  • The Democratic Potential of China's Grassroots Intellectuals

    by Sebastian Veg

    Chinese intellectuals working outside the protection of state-controlled universites have a perilous existence, but carry on the struggle against the regime's efforts to impose orthodoxy on the nation's history. 

  • Alfred McCoy: Ukraine War May Birth New World Order

    The historian of international relations predicts that the Ukraine invasion and NATO's response will have the effect of tying Russia and China together in an alliance that will reshape the dynamics of international relations, trade, and military power. 

  • China Digs Its Own Grave (and Ours, Too)

    by Alfred McCoy

    History is a poor tool for predicting how the post-fossil fuel world will be organized. But it's clear that a successful world order will have to be based in acknowledging the climate crisis. 

  • A Tale of Two Olympics: Changed China in a Changed World

    by Joe Renouard

    Since the 2008 Beijing games, the People's Republic of China's vastly increased global economic power and the COVID pandemic have changed the core narrative around the current winter games. It remains to be seen whether the Olympics will signal a turn back to openness or the intransigence of a confident world power. 

  • Will the Diplomatic Boycott of the Olympics Have any Effect on China?

    by Meghan Herwig

    After Tiananmen Square, it became clear that American foreign policy was limited by other Asian nation's growing dependence on China. Today, as regional relations shift, will a more effective human rights advocacy be possible? 

  • None Dare Call it "Encirclement"

    by Michael Klare

    While the Pentagon won't use the term, American military policy is clearly aiming at surrounding China to reduce its influence in Asia. This revival of Cold War-era geopolitics is a dangerous provocation.