What We Learned From China’s New Leadership Lineup

By  David Tweed / October 25, 2017/ Bloomberg


China’s twice-a-decade meeting of the Communist Party ended in triumph for President Xi Jinping. Not only was his name and ideology elevated into the party’s constitution, he broke with convention in the new leadership lineup unveiled Wednesday and chose not to anoint a successor. Continue reading “What We Learned From China’s New Leadership Lineup”


Why China’s 19th National Party Congress matters to the Philippines

by Aaron Jed Rabena / October 12, 2017/ Originally Posted at BusinessWorld

ON Oct. 18, the largest ruling political party in the world – the Communist Party of China – will hold its quinquennial National Party Congress in Beijing. Unlike US presidential elections and American politics, not much is heard in the country about the most important political activity in the world’s second richest economy. The Philippines cannot be faulted for this as the country shares stronger political affinity with the United States and has long been exposed to American soft power such as Hollywood, CNN, and Harvard. Continue reading “Why China’s 19th National Party Congress matters to the Philippines”

What to expect from Xi Jinping’s Communist Party congress power play

by Nectar Gan / 7 August 2017/ SCMP

When Xi Jinping took the helm of China’s ruling Communist Party in late 2012 he had few trusted allies by his side or loyal aides at his command.

The party’s Central Committee – its senior leadership – was stuffed with cadres handpicked by the previous leadership or the one before that, with many members occupying important jobs in the party and the government. Continue reading “What to expect from Xi Jinping’s Communist Party congress power play”

China’s Xi says Belt and Road needs to reject protectionism

By Brenda Goh and Sue-Lin Wong | May 15, 2017/ Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday urged major multilateral institutions to join his new Belt and Road Initiative, stressing the importance of rejecting protectionism in seeking global economic growth. Continue reading “China’s Xi says Belt and Road needs to reject protectionism”

Can the New U.S. Ambassador to China See Xi Jinping for Who He Really Is?

by Jeffrey Wasserstrom / February 7, 2017 / China File

When the Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds confirmation hearings on Terry Branstad’s nomination to be Ambassador to China, the Iowa Governor is sure to be asked about the positions of the president who nominated him. I hope, though, that Branstad also has to answer for things he has said about another of his strongman friends: Xi Jinping. Continue reading “Can the New U.S. Ambassador to China See Xi Jinping for Who He Really Is?”

Why Singapore should not be surprised that relations with China have changed

by William Zheng / January 13 , 2017 / SCMP

Sino-Singaporean relations have been on a sharp downward trend since Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ( 習近平 ) visit to the city state in 2015. The tiny republic’s stand on the South China Sea dispute and its close ­relationship with the West, in particular the United States, have caused China to single it out for some stern criticism. One Chinese general called for sanctions on Singapore and the Global Times ranted that Beijing should take tough action on Singapore “when it crosses the line”. Continue reading “Why Singapore should not be surprised that relations with China have changed”

Do We Want to Live in China’s World?

by Robert Daly / January 19, 2017 / ChinaFile

Each weekday morning, I cross D.C.’s National Mall and pass a sign on Constitution Avenue bearing an epigram by the U.S. architect Daniel Burnham: Make No Little Plans. Little plans, Burnham warned, have “no magic to stir men’s blood,” so we must “make big plans; aim high in hope and work,” and “remember that our sons and our grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us.” Continue reading “Do We Want to Live in China’s World?”

China Moves to Fill World Leadership Void as Trump Era Dawns

by David Tweed, Toluse Olurunnipa / November 20, 2016 / Bloomberg

China has pounced after Donald Trump’s election win to claim the mantle of the world’s champion for free trade and against climate change, prompting a melancholy warning from President Barack Obama that the U.S. risks getting left behind in Asia. Continue reading “China Moves to Fill World Leadership Void as Trump Era Dawns”