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December 31, 2014 LOOKING BACK ON 2014

 

China ushered in major achievements in 2014, including major international agreements at the recent APEC Summit in Beijing, the investigation and convictions of many current and former government leaders for corruption, Alibaba’s takeover as the largest global IPO, and advances in the hukou registration system and urban planning. Read more…

 

 


December 22, 2014 25TH U.S.-CHINA JOINT COMMISSION ON COMMERCE AND TRADE


U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, together with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, co-chaired the 25th U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) in Chicago, Illinois, on December 16-18, 2014.  Read more…

 


December 12, 2014 THE CONFUCIUS PEACE PRIZE GOES TO CASTRO

 

On December 9, A group of Chinese scholars and entrepreneurs awarded the 2014 Confucius Peace Prize to former Cuban President Fidel Castro. Castro, a wildly divisive figure considered in the United States an oppressive dictator, was praised by the prize committee for his contributions to peaceful resolutions to international conflicts. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

December 5, 2014 OBAMA SPEAKS ON CHINA


On Wednesday, President Obama spoke at the Business Roundtable Headquarters. Obama primarily answered questions regarding the state of the U.S. economy and economic policy. China and Obama’s recent meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing were also discussed. Read more…

 

 


December 4, 2014 TAIWAN ELECTIONS CAUSE CONCERN OVER CROSS-STRAIT RELATIONS


Taiwan’s midterm elections ended in a major loss for the country’s ruling Kuomintang party (KMT). The Democratic Progressive Party, the DPP, seized 13 of 22 city and county level seats, while the KMT won only six. Not only did the KMT lose decisively, but it also lost seats in areas that have traditionally been party strongholds, including Taipei. The results place the DPP on a strong footing for the presidential election in 2016. Read more…

 

 


November 26, 2014 CHINA BUILDS ISLAND IN SOUTH CHINA SEA


China has made yet another move this week to consolidate control over disputed territory in the South China Sea. Satellite images, released by IHS Jane on November 20, show China constructing an island at Fiery Cross Reef, to the west of the Spratly Islands. Estimated at over 3,000 meters long and about 300 meters wide, this new island has enough room for an airstrip. Read more…

 


November 21, 2014 CHINA HOLDS FIRST WORLD INTERNET CONFERENCE


Internet experts from all over the globe traveled to China this week to participate in China’s first ever World Internet Conference. The conference included a variety of talks and discussions on issues such as internet governance, cybersecurity, and U.S.-China cyberspace cooperation. For three days, business people, scholars, government officials, and journalists attending the conference in Wuzhen were able to access social media typically blocked in China. Read more…

 


November 13, 2014 THE U.S.-CHINA CLIMATE DEAL’S FAR-REACHING IMPLICATIONS


President Obama’s long-awaited trip to Beijing to attend the APEC Economic Leaders summit and meet with Chinese president Xi Jinping ended on a surprising note. In a joint press conference on November 12, the two presidents announced the signing of a series of agreements on multiple issues that have posed a challenge for U.S.-China relations in the past. By far the most significant news to come out of Obama’s visit is the announcement of a climate deal. Read more…

 


November 7, 2014 AHEAD OF APEC, OFFICIALS TALK U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS


In anticipation of President Obama’s trip to Beijing, analysts and government officials from both sides of the Pacific have taken the opportunity to express their impressions on the state of U.S. – China relations. In a surprisingly candid 90 minute interview with Foreign Policy on October 29, Ambassador Cui discussed the disagreements and mistrust hindering smoother relations between China and the U.S. Read more…

 

 


October 30, 2014 CHINA PLEDGES FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO AFGHANISTAN

 

China declared it would provide Afghanistan with $327 million in financial aid and investment over the next three years. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visited Beijing this week to meet with President Xi Jinping and other high-level officials and discuss ways to increase regional ties. In addition to financial aid, the two sides addressed cooperation on cross-border security issues and intelligence sharing. Read more…

 

 

October 23, 2014 RULE OF LAW IN CHINA


The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China held its annual plenary session this week, October 20 – 23, in Beijing. The announcement that the Fourth Plenum would focus on “rule of law” set off speculation over what those three words mean to China’s Communist Party and what they could mean for China. Read more…

 

 


October 17, 2014 CHINA AND RUSSIA TAKE STEPS TO STRENGTHEN TIES


China and Russia appear to be working harder to strengthen bilateral ties, if this week’s round of meetings are anything to go by. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s three-day visit to Russia, the first leg of a European tour, culminated in the signing of a series of 38 separate agreements between China and Russia. The signed deals include a 150 billion yuan currency exchange, enabling the countries to increasingly use their own currencies in trade instead of relying on U.S. dollars. Read more…

 

 


October 10, 2014 PUTIN’S TIGER A SIGN OF HOPE FOR CHINA’S CONSERVATION EFFORTS


On October 8, a tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin in May wandered across the border into China. The tiger, Kuzya, is one of three rare Siberian tigers set free in Siberia by Putin in an effort to boost the wild Siberian tiger population. Russian officials have been tracking the tiger’s movements over the past several months via an electronic tag. When they noticed the animal’s move into northeastern China, they contacted forestry officials in the region to let them know. Read more…

 

 


October 2, 2014 OCCUPY CENTRAL CHALLENGES THE COMMUNIST PARTY IN HONG KONG


This week, Hong Kong pro-democracy protestors took to the streets, occupying the city’s financial and political centers in Mong Kok and Admiralty. This round of protests began September 29 in response to Beijing’s announcement that it will allow universal suffrage for Hong Kong in the 2017 election for its chief executive, but only on the condition that the candidates are first vetted by the Communist Party. Read more…

 


September 25, 2014 ALIBABA’S SUCCESS AND BUSINESS IN CHINA


On September 19, Alibaba emerged into the international stock market with an initial public offering of $25 billion, the largest ever in history. The Chinese e-commerce company set its initial share price at $68, a figure that jumped 38% to $93.89 by the time trading ended on Friday. Alibaba’s IPO dwarfed Facebook’s $16 billion two years ago, and surpassed that of the Agricultural Bank of China, which earned $22billion on the Shanghai and HK exchanges in 2010. Read more…

 


September 19, 2014 XI AND MODI MEET IN INDIA


China’s President Xi Jinping visited India’s new Prime Minister, Nerandra Modi in India this week from Wednesday to Friday. This was the first state visit to India by a Chinese president since 2006. The visit marked a constructive period in the traditionally tense China-India relationship. Read more…

 


September 12, 2014 CROSS-STRAIT RELATIONS

 

Relations between Taiwan and the mainland have enjoyed a period of relative stability since the election of Kuomintang leader Ma Ying-jeou to Taiwan’s presidency in 2008. The KMT has long been the dominant party in Taiwanese politics, and although committed to eventual unification with China on paper, it has maintained the status quo relationship with the mainland. Prior to President Ma Ying-jeou’s election, Democratic Progressive Party held the presidency from 2000-2008. It was never able to take control of Taiwan’s Parliament, the Legislative Yuan, to form a majority, but nonetheless, the DPP’s promotion of de jure Taiwanese independence caused turbulence in cross-strait relations during its tenure in power. Read more…

 

 

 

September 11, 2014 SUSAN RICE VISITS CHINA


U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice visited Beijing from­­­ Sunday to Tuesday this week, her first visit to China since assuming office in July, 2013. Rice met with a host of prominent Chinese officials, including President Xi Jinping, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and General Fan Changlong, a Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission. Read more...

 

 


September 5, 2014 CHINA CRACKS DOWN ON MEDIA CORRUPTION

 

 

Chinese authorities detained eight people on Wednesday, charged with demanding bribes from companies in exchange for positive media coverage. Read more…

 

 

 

 

August 29, 2014 COMPARING DEMOCRACY DEMONSTRATIONS IN HONG KONG AND MACAU

 

After the many protests, and pro-democracy demonstrations that have taken place in Hong Kong, Macau has finally begun to follow suit. Read more….

 

 

 

 

August 22, 2014 CHINA’S XI JINPING VISITS MONGOLIA

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Mongola on Thursday and Friday. This was the first trip to Mongolia by a Chinese president in over a decade. This was Xi Jinping’s third time meeting with Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, his Mongolian counterpart. Xi Jinping did not visit other countries during this trip. This gesture emphasizes the importance of Mongolia to China, and follows a new pattern of more intimate visits with its neighbors. Read more…

 


August 15, 2014 US INVOLVEMENT IN SCS DISPUTES

 

A recent US proposed moratorium on construction in the disputed areas of the South China Sea was reiterated at this week’s gathering of regional foreign ministers in Myanmar to send a signal to China and other Southeast Asia claimants. Read more…

 


August 6, 2014 AMERICAN COMPANIES FACING NEW DIFFICULTIES IN CHINA

 

Between anti-monopoly probes, food safety scandals, and negative PR from Chinese media, Western companies have been facing increasing difficulty in China. While Chinese protectionism and different treatment of foreign companies is not new, in recent weeks such stories have filled up the news feeds of China watchers and definitely cannot be ignored. Read more…

 

 


July 2014 U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS: A BRIEF HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

 

The history of U.S.-China relations is long and complex. Understanding the characteristics and development of this relationship is essential as the two countries move forward. Read this breif USCPF backgrounder explaining the most important events in U.S.-China relations. Read more…

 

 


July 25, 2014 PRESIDENT XI JINPING VISITS SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA

Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping began his four-country tour of South and Central America in Brazil, just in time for the BRICS Summit held in the city of Fortaleza. BRICS is an association of developing nations with emerging economies composed of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and as of 2010, South Africa. Top leaders from each nation, including President Xi Jinping, met on July 15th and 16th. Read more…

 

 


July 17, 2014 CONFLICTS IN EAST AND SOUTH CHINA SEAS LEAD TO FEAR

 

 

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center released Monday, perceptions of China vary greatly from country to country. A number of factors may contribute to these opinions, but there is a common trend in the countries with high approval ratings of China: None of these nations are in territorial disputes with China. Read more…

 

 

 

 

July 7, 2014 WHAT DOES CHINA’S SOUTH KOREA VISIT MEAN?

 

Last week, China’s President Xi Jinping visited South Korea. This is the first time a Chinese president visited South Korea before North Korea in his official capacity as president. While, Beijing opened official diplomatic relations with South Korea in 1992, in deference to North Korea, the Chinese leaders traditionally visit Pynongyang before visiting Seoul. This was South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s fifth meeting with Xi Jinping since she took office. Read more…

 


July 2, 2014 WILL RIMPAC AFFECT U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS?

 

The Rim of the Pacific naval exercise (RIMPAC) brings together more than 20 nations for a month-long naval exercise every other year. This year, 22 nations and more than 25,000 sailors and military personnel will be participating. According to Reuters, this year’s RIMPAC involves 55 vessels and more than 200 aircraft—the largest RIMPAC since its commencement. Read more. . .

 


June 24th, 2014 THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING YULIN’S DOG-EATING FESTIVAL

 

The annual Yulin dog-eating festival took place last Saturday, June 21st, and caused an uproar from animal activist groups and a rebuttal from the merchants butchering and selling dog meat. Read more…

 


June 18th, 2014 U.S. AGRICULTURE EXPORT TO CHINA

 

 

On April 14, 1971 China’s twenty-year-old trade embargo was discontinued. Deng Xiaoping’s Opening Up and Reform opened the country to foreign investment and trade. These liberalized restrictions led to growing commercial ties with outside countries, specifically the United States. Read more…

 


June 16th, 2014 WHAT’S HAPPENING IN XINJIANG?

 

China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region has experienced a shocking number of terrorist attacks over the course of the last year. Xinjiang is a sizable, semi-autonomous province in China’s northwest with a large Uighur population, a Muslim minority in China. Read more. . .

 


June 5, 2014 THE TIANANMEN SQUARE MASSACRE: 25 YEARS LATER

 

June 4th, 2014, marks the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989. Also called the June 4th Massacre or June 4th Crackdown,  the protests and their suppression  remain taboo subjects throughout China to this day. One notable event sparked the student-led demonstrations that occurred in Tiananmen Square, Beijing in the spring of 1989. Read more…

 


June 2, 2014 CHINESE CYBER ESPIONAGE

 

 

Last week the US took the unprecedented step of indicting five members of China’s People Liberation Army (PLA) for cyber-espionage. Although countries frequently engage in cyber spying against each other’s governments, US officials feel China is unique in utilizing state resources to spy on private economic actors to learn their negotiating trade strategies and other company secrets. Washington intended the move to send a message to China to put a stop to its continued economic espionage and establish an international line between acceptable and non-acceptable forms of cyber-espionage. Read More…

 


May 9, 2014 CHINA TO BE #1 ECONOMY

 

China could become the world’s number one economy later this year, according to new data released by the World Bank. The data measures Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) – a value used by economists to measure the buying power of a nation’s economy and currency. China’s economy is expected to grow 24 percent between 2011 and 2014, compared to 7.6 percent growth for the U.S. Read More…

 


May 1, 2014 CHINA-ASEAN RELATIONS

 

 

 

The 20th ASEAN-China Senior Officials’ Consultation on Tuesday in Pattaya, Thailand. Officials held closed door negotiations for two days to strengthen China-ASEAN cooperation in a wide range of fields, such as maritime search and rescue, security, and trade. They also discussed implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), which ASEAN hopes will eventually culminate in a legal pact on resolving maritime disputes in the region. Read More…

 


April 23, 2014 ZHOU YONGKANG CORRUPTION CASE

In a case that could have wide-ranging implications for the future of Chinese leadership, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, continues to tighten its corruption investigation around former Chinese Domestic Security Chief and de facto  oil industry boss Zhou Yongkang and his inner circle. Zhou, aged 71, has been under virtual house arrest since authorities began formally investigating him late last year.  He is the most senior Chinese politician to be ensnared in a corruption investigation since the Communist Party rose to power in 1949. Read More…

April 11, 2014 SECRETARY OF DEFENSE HAGEL IN CHINA

 

 

U.S. Secretary of Defense arrived in China on Monday for his first visit to China in this position. His three-day trip to Qingdao and Beijing, China followed meetings with his Southeast Asian counterparts in Hawaii and a visit to Japan. Hagel’s Asia trip concluded with a stop in Mongolia. Hagel’s trip began with a tour of China’s aircraft carrier, the Lioning. Read more…

 


April 4, 2014 PHILIPPINES AND CHINA IN DISPUTE OVER REEF

 

 

Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario announced Sunday that the Philippines had submitted a memorial seeking a ruling on China’s “nine dash line” from the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.  Both China and the Philippines have overlapping claims in the sea, which has led to severe tensions between the two countries. Read more…

 


March 28, 2014 CHINA PLANS FOR FUTURE URBAN GROWTH


Modern China has seen unprecedented rates of urban growth. In the past 35 years, the population of its urban areas has grown by 500 million people, more than any other cities in the developed world during the early industrial era. Rapid urbanization has also created socio-economic tensions in China’s cities, leading Chinese officials to unveil China’s first modern urbanization plan. Read More…

 


March 20, 2014 AMBASSADOR MAX BAUCUS TAKES UP POST

 

 

 

With his nomination unanimously confirmed by the Senate, Max Baucus has arrived in Beijing to take up his post as the new U.S. Ambassador to China. Not long after his arrival in China, Ambassador Baucus was in front of the cameras to make his first official statements to the press as Ambassador. During his statements he expressed his excitement, determination, and goals for his tenure. Read more...

 


 

March 14, 2014 CHINA’S ECONOMIC FORECAST

 

During this week’s meeting of the National People’s Congress in Beijing, China’s leaders reaffirmed their commitment to a target of 7.5% national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in 2014. Despite a gradual downward trend in China’s annual GDP growth over the last decade, Li Keqiang said the state would prioritize any measures that sustained employment and income growth. Read more…

 


March 7, 2014 KUNMING ATTACK AND ETHNIC RELATIONS IN CHINA

 

In light of last week’s deadly attack at a Kunming train station, media sources are closely analyzing China’s relations with its minority groups. As one of China’s 55 minorities, the Uighur ethnic minority has had an especially turbulent relationship with the state. Uighurs predominantly live in the autonomous region of Xinjiang, located on China’s northwest border with Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. Read more…

 


February 28, 2014 PRESIDENT XI’S DOMESTIC CHARM OFFENSIVE

 

 

Taking a page out of the public diplomacy book of US Presidents – Xi Jinping took a surprise stroll in one of Beijing’s traditional hutong neighborhoods earlier this week, stopping to chat with residents. Xi’s decision to bring his wife, singer Peng Liyuan, with him on several overseas visits is also largely unprecedented in the modern era and has been well received by Chinese citizens and foreign leaders alike. Read more…

 


February 18, 2014 SECRETARY OF STATE KERRY IN CHINA

 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stopped in China during a trip to Asia that included stops in South Korea, China, and Indonesia. This was Kerry’s fifth trip to Asia as Secretary of State, highlighting the importance the Obama administration places on this region. While in Beijing, Kerry met with President Xi Jinping, Premiere Li Keqiang, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Read more…

 


February 13, 2014 NEW CROSS-STRAIT DIALOGUE


On February 11, China and Taiwan held their highest level talks for more than sixty years.  This meeting marked the first government-to-government contact since the pair’s split in 1949.  Previous contact between the two sides has been conducted through semi-official foundations or through political parties, not by government ministers acting on official business.  Wang Yu-Chi of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, met with his counterpart Zhang Zhijun, of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, in the southern Chinese city of Nanjing. Read more…

 

 

February 7, 2014 CHINESE AND US ATHLETES COMPETE FOR GOLD AT THE 2014 SOCHI WINTER OLYMPICS

 

 

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is the home of many Olympic firsts. It is the first time the Olympic Games will allow athletes to compete as independent participants. It is the first Olympic game to have two sets of three siblings competing against each other. A Chinese President will travel to an overseas sporting event for the first time. Also, the US will send a record-breaking 230 member team to the Winter Olympics. Read more…

 


February 4, 2014 CHINA’S NAVY CONDUCTS DRILLS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN


Late last week China sent three naval vessels to conduct maneuvers in the Indian Ocean. The flotilla conducted 10 exercises, including anti-piracy, search and rescue, and disaster control drills. It is now headed to the West Pacific to conduct additional naval exercises. Even though these drills could benefit China’s future contributions to disaster relief in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, India and others are wary of the strategic significance of China’s actions. Read more…

 

 

January 30, 2014 BAUCUS NOMINATION HEARING FOR CHINA AMBASSADOR

 

 

 

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a nomination hearing for Senator Max Baucus for the role of ambassador to China. Ambassador Gary Locke, who has served as U.S. ambassador since 2011, announced in November that he would be leaving his post in early 2014. Senator Baucus was named as President Obama’s likely choice of replacement shortly thereafter. The nomination process is expected to continue forward smoothly.  Read more…

 

 


January 29, 2014 CHINA, TAIWAN SCHEDULE FORMAL TALKS

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister, Wang Yu-Chi, announced that on February 11 he will meet with China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Director Zhang Zhijun in the mainland Chinese city of Nanjing. This meeting will be the first official government-to-government meeting since the Chinese Civil War six decades ago. Read more…

 


January 24, 2014  BURNS, RUSSEL HAVE HIGH-LEVEL MEETINGS IN BEIJING

 

 

Earlier this week, both U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Public Affairs Daniel Russel were in Beijing for high-level meetings. While their time in China overlapped, Burns and Russel were in China as part of separate trips. These trips came at a time of tension in the region and highlight the importance the U.S. government places on ensuring stability in East Asia and maintaining a role as a positive presence in the region. Read more…

 


January 17, 2014 POTENTIAL US-CHINA COOPERATION ON NORTH KOREA?

 

 

New reports claim that China and the United States started closely discussing the fate of North Korea in 2009, when it became widely known that former DRPK leader Kim Jong-il was gravely ill. The two countries cooperated to examine the potential scenarios of what might happen if North Korea’s leader suddenly passed away. This evidence of past cooperation between the US and China shows a potential for future bilateral action over North Korea, a cooperation that seems to be increasingly necessary. Read more…

 


January 9, 2014 CHINA, BRAZIL ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIP

Over the last 20 years, China and Brazil have both experienced significant development, both domestically and internationally. However, recent trends and developments suggest the emergence of a big power- smaller power relationship, with China exploiting the Brazilian economy to achieve its aims without much concern for the development of the internal Brazilian economy. Read more…