China Relations

Title:

 What is “Xiconomics”?

Author:

Willy Wo-Lap Lam

Source:

The Jamestown Foundation

Date:

February 12, 2018

Description:

In 2017, Xi Jinping consolidated his control over much of the Party and State apparatus, culminating in October when “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in the New Era” was inserted into the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) constitution.

Tags: China

Title:

 China Infrastructure Push Reaches Arctic, Leaving Out U.S.

Author:

Ting Shi

Source:

Bloomberg

Date:

January 29, 2018

Description:

The sun never sets on China’s trade and infrastructure ambitions. With the addition of the Arctic and Latin America last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative has become truly global. Only the U.S., its neighbor Canada and ally Japan have yet to be included in the plan, which seeks to build or upgrade a network of highways, railways, ports and pipelines.

Tags: News, Belt and Road Initiative, Polar Silk Road

Title:

 The Road to the Middle Kingdom: China’s New Silk Road

Author:

Perry Arrasmith

Source:

Harvard Political Review

Date:

January 25, 2018

Description:

Marco Polo’s visit to the court of Kublai Khan irrevocably changed the way the Venetian merchant perceived the world. While residing in the court of the Khan, Polo likely learned that the name of the Khan’s dominion, ‘Zhongguo,’ translated into ‘Middle Country.’ “I tell you,” Polo wrote, “no day in the year passes that there do not enter the city 1,000 carts of silk alone, from which are made quantities of cloth and silk and gold, and of other goods.” With riches flowing into the Khan’s empire from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Central Asia, it was not wonder some truly thought it to be the center of the world.

Tags: Commentary, Belt and Road Initiative

Title:

 China accuses U.S. of sailing warship near disputed Scarborough Shoal in South China Sea

Author:

Jesse Johnson

Source:

Japan Times

Date:

 January 21, 2018

Description:

China has accused the United States of sending a warship without permission into what it said was its territorial waters in the disputed South China Sea, adding that it would take “necessary measures” to “safeguard its sovereignty.” The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Saturday that the U.S. Navy’s USS Hopper guided-missile destroyer had sailed within 12 nautical miles (22 km) of what is known as Scarborough Shoal, a group of disputed islets that Beijing calls Huangyan Island, on Wednesday night.

Tags: South China Sea, US-China Relations, Freedom of navigation, West Philippine Sea, US Navy, Scarborough Shoal

Title:

 Reconsidering the Belt and Road Initiative

Author:

Patrick Mendis and Joey Wang

Source:

China-US Focus

Date:

January 12, 2018

Description:

President Xi Jinping’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era is now firmly enshrined as the North Star for government action. His thought incorporated into the Constitution is the continued development of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as part of the China Dream.

Tags: China, Commentary, One Belt One Road, Belt and Road Initiative, Sri Lanka's Hambantota Port

Title:

 China in 2018: What to Expect

Author:

Tuan N. Pham

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

January 11, 2018

Description:

In part one of this two-­part series, I looked back at 2017 for hints of Chinese strategic intent, and more importantly, for possible glimpses to 2018 and beyond. With this backdrop, part two assesses strategic actions that Beijing will probably undertake in the next 12 months.

Tags: Commentary, Xi Jinping, China's 19th National Congress

Title:

 Is China bribing its way to superpower status?

Author:

Livemint

Source:

Livement

Date:

January 11, 2018

Description:

In a throwback to the golden days of the Middle Kingdom when foreign rulers brought with them tributes for the Chinese emperor, French President Emmanuel Macron on his recent visit presented Chinese President Xi Jinping with an eight-year-old gelding. Macron hopes that a charm offensive directed at Xi can help his task of reinvigorating the French economy and industries. Airbus, for instance, is betting its future on large orders from China. The French president has, so far, only offered up a horse and has expressed his admiration for Chinese civilization. David Cameron, the former British prime minister—who was announced last month to be taking over a leadership role in a joint UK-China investment fund—went further.

Tags: Commentary, Chinese Soft Power, Aids and Loans from China, Aids and Loans

Title:

 Manila’s ties with Beijing improving daily, says Duterte

Author:

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Source:

Inquirer

Date:

 January 11, 2017

Description:

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday hailed the improving Philippines-China ties during a meeting with a delegation from the Communist Party of China (CPC) led by a close aide of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Malacañang said CPC Central Committee member Meng Xiangfeng and three other CPC leaders held talks with the President. They were accompanied by Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua and Chinese Embassy counselor Sun Yi. “The President reiterated ‘our desire and wish of the Filipino people that we make our bond stronger,’” a Malacañang statement said. “He further noted that the bond is ‘improving everyday.’

Tags: Zhao Jianhua, Japan, Philippines-China Relations, CPC Central Committee member Meng Xiangfeng

Title:

 Chinese report says South China Sea islands expanded 'reasonably'

Author:

Reuters Staff

Source:

Reuters

Date:

December 25, 2017 

Description:

China has “reasonably” expanded its islands in the disputed South China Sea and this year construction projects there including radar facilities covered about 290,000 square meters (72 acres), according to a new government report. The number was broadly similar to one provided by a U.S. think tank earlier this month.

Tags: South China Sea, Militarization, West Philippine Sea

Title:

 China Calmed Asian Maritime Dispute in 2017 Without Ceding Sovereignty

Author:

Ralph Jennings

Source:

Voice of America

Date:

December 11, 2017

Description:

China calmed Asia's biggest maritime sovereignty dispute in 2017 by offering aid, investment and the pledge of negotiations with weaker Southeast Asian countries as Beijing's chief nemesis, the United States, kept quiet.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, US South China Sea Policy, Trump South China Sea Policy, FONOPs, South China Sea Territorial Dispute