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News from 2016

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September 6, 2016 OBAMA’S CHINA LEGACY: WAR OR PEACE? President Obama just finished what will likely be is last trip to China as the U.S. President. On this occasion, USCPF President Chi Wang looks back on the legacy of Obama’s China policy. Did it encourage peace or conflict in the Asia Pacific? Read More…

 

 

 

 

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July 28, 2016 U.S.-EU TRADE COMPLAINTS AGAINST CHINA WITH WTO On July 19th, the European Union launched its third legal challenge to China’s unfair export restrictions on 11 key metals and minerals. Chinese export restrictions on raw materials have been a major trade obstacle in previous years. China imposes a set of export restrictions—export quotas, export duties, and additional requirements that limit access to rare earths for companies outside China. The specific issue is with Chinese export duties. Read More…

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Paracel Islands (South China Sea)July 12, 2016 UNDERSTANDING THE HAGUE’S RULING ON THE SOUTH CHINA SEA An international tribunal in The Hague has ruled in favor of the Philippines against China. The Permanent Court of Arbitration concluded that China violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights, and caused serious environmental damage. The ruling came from an arbitration tribunal formed under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)—an international agreement both China and the Philippines have signed. The tribunal ruled on seven of the fifteen points brought forward by the Philippines. Read more… 

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China's President Xi Jinping meets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in Beijing

June 17, 2016 ECONOMIC ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE 2016 U.S.-CHINA S&ED The recently concluded eighth U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED) and seventh Consultation on China-U.S. People-to-People Exchange (CPE) accomplished more than 300 concrete achievements within its three tracks, including over 60 outcomes in the economic track, 120 outcomes in the strategic track, and 158 outcomes in the people-to-people track. Read more… 

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June 6, 2016 THE OUTLOOK FOR CHINA’S MARKET ECONOMY STATUS When China joined the WTO in 2001, it was not recognized as a market economy but was promised to be granted the market economy status (MES) in 2016. As the deadline approaches, Criticism rocketed in Washington and Brussel for China’s unchained capability to dump in the international market. Read more… 

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June 6, 2016 WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS YEAR’S U.S.-CHINA S&ED The eighth U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) is taking place June 6-7 in Beijing. This year’s S&ED marks the last of President Obama’s term. The agendas of the two countries’ delegations covers a long list of pressing issues, of which the U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty, China’s domestic economy rebalancing, cyber security, and maritime defense are expected to take center stage. Read more…

 

 

 

 

Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew meets with Premier Li Keqiang (Feb. 29, 2016)

April 15, 2016 IMPLICATIONS OF CHINA’S GROWING INVESTMENT IN THE U.S. Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the U.S. reached its highest level yet–USD 15 billion–in 2015. Many, including Congress, have expressed concern that these investments are motivated not just by economic considerations, but also by strategic ones.  These fears were already brewing before the information was published, though they have been boiling over in response. Further examination of intended Chinese investors might be warranted; a policy shift of this kind would not be without consequences, however. Read more…

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Nuclear Security Summit Working Dinner (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

April 6, 2016 OBAMA AND XI MEET IN DC President Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on March 31 at the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC. The 90-minute meeting covered a wide array of key issues, including climate change, nuclear security, cyber security, maritime issues, economic access, and human rights. Read more…

 

 

 

 

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April 5, 2016 THE LETTER RILING PRESIDENT XI JINPING An anonymous letter demanding the resignation of President Xi Jinping was published online one month ago. Whether an oversight or deliberate flouting of censorship practices, the letter’s appearance on the mainland Chinese internet has inflamed officials. Arguably, the content of the letter has been less damaging to the regime than the latter’s response to it. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

March 30, 2016 WILL FACEBOOK COME TO CHINA? Facebook creator and CEO Mark Zuckerberg attended the China Development Forum last weekend, where he addressed a group of high-powered representatives from the global business community. He spoke alongside Jack Ma, a Chinese tech counterpart and owner of the extremely successful Alibaba Group. Read more…

 

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March 18, 2016 UNDERSTANDING CHINA’S TWO SESSIONS AND FIVE-YEAR PLAN Over the past couple of weeks, thousands of China’s elites have converged on Beijing for the annual “two sessions” political meetings. The “two sessions” consist of meetings of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Consultative Conference (CPPCC), which is an advisory body, and the National People’s Congress (NPC), which is China’s national legislative body. Read more…

 

 

March 15, 2016 WHAT A TRUMP PRESIDENCY COULD MEAN FOR U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS Donald Trump’s policies on China are being scrutinized as the prospect of his selection as the Republican party’s presidential nominee grows more imminent. In both the U.S. and China, the debate rages on how his policies could influence relations between the two countries. Read more…

 

March 1, 2016 THE PRC’S ONGOING MILITARIZATION OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA On February 27, the White House issued a call for Chinese President Xi Jinping to extend China’s pledge not to militarize the islands in the South China Sea. During a state visit to the U.S. last September, President Xi pledged not to militarize the Spratly archipelago, which is claimed by both the Philippines and Beijing. Since then, however, U.S. officials have reported increased militarization of the islands, specifically the development of airstrips. Read more…

 

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January 11, 2016 REFLECTIONS ON 2016 TAIWAN ELECTIONS Taiwan is about to witness another party change after eight years of KMT governance. The 2016 election is a lesson that reminds China to review the gains and losses of its Taiwan policies, hear the voice of Taiwanese people, and create new channels to better engages them with the Taiwanese society. The future development of  Taiwan-China relations cannot solely rely on trade or party alliance. Read more…