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Framing China’s National Security

Framing China’s National Security

Shen Dingli, Associate Dean, Fudan Unversity

China’s Central National Security Commission (NSC) convened its first meeting, on April 15, with President Xi Jinping giving his inauguration speech as the NSC Director. Xi clearly framed China’s national security as such that political security is at the core of national security while comprehensive security shall constitute the substances.

Hagel’s Visit Highlights Greater Chinese Military Transparency

Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute

China has always valued military secrecy, however Richard Weitz explains that in recent years China has advanced in terms of transparency and the importance of clear communication between China and the U.S.

Are China and the United States Competing for Influence in the Western Hemisphere?

Eric Farnsworth, VP, Council of the Americas and Americas Society

US and China are engaging Latin America in different ways. While the US is attempting to rebuild relationships that have been strained recently, China has engaged in economic activities with countries in the region. Although China has invested heavily and is influential in the region, it has not led to increased tensions or competition between China and the US.

China-EU Cooperation on Combatting Cybercrime: A Model for China-U.S. Relations?

Franz-Stefan Gady, Senior Fellow at the EastWest Institute

Cyber-Realpolitik is behind China’s push for closer ties with the European Union on cybersecurity.

Eased Arms Export Ban: Changed and Unchanged

Jin Ying, Associate Researcher, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

As the Abe administration aims to build up Japan’s military, Jin Ying urges the public to pay attention to the changes and be wary of the consequences if Japan continues this rapid militarization.

No Sign of China Central Bank Monetary Policy Change In Near Future

Yi Xianrong, researcher, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

China’s central bank will not change its monetary policy in the near future, but will rather keep a steady but tight policy to get both credit and monetary growth back on track. This could be the keynote of China central bank monetary policy for 2014, writes Yi XIanrong.

The Toll of China’s Slowdown Depends on Latin America’s Policy Choices

Fernando Menéndez, an economist and principal of Cordoba Group International LLC

Many Latin American countries have experienced record levels of growth in the last decade due to high prices of commodities, however, few planned for the future. As China slows and US desire for petroleum lessens, the economies of many Latin American countries that have failed to diversify their economies away from a single commodity are slowing drastically.

Do Not Exaggerate the Ukraine Crisis’ Impact on the US Pivot to Asia

Chen Xiangyang, Deputy Director, Institute of World Political Studies, CICIR

The crisis in Ukraine is geopolitically important for the US; however, it will not derail the US “pivot” to Asia-Pacific. The US will continue to “pivot” towards Asia-Pacific through increased troop deployments, an increased role in conflict mediation, as well as through the promotion of stronger regional alliances in an attempt to contain a growing China.

Top Priority for Obama’s Asian Trip

Wu Zurong, researcher at China Foundation for International Studies

Top Priority for Obama’s Asian Trip

Wu Zurong urges President Obama to encourage Japan to refrain from its path of reviving militarism and instead to seek solutions through peaceful negotiations.

Toward A Multipolar Pattern: Challenges In A Transitional Stage

Cui Liru, former President, CICIR

A major trend accompanying the multi-polarization of the international political economy is the eastward shift of the world’s economic and political gravity center, from the two sides of the Atlantic to the Asia-Pacific, writes Cui Liru.

Washington Slips Back Into Cold War Habits

Clifford Kiracofe, an educator and former senior member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

The just concluded visit of US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to China may send a signal that developing a new type of major power relationship is not a near-term possibility. The zero-sum Cold War mentality of Washington elites, together with present-day alliance structures, may prove an insurmountable barrier, writes Clifford A. Kiracofe.

China’s Currency Conundrum

Ronald McKinnon, Professor, Stanford University

In late February, the gradual appreciation of the renminbi was interrupted by a 1% depreciation. The resulting international outcry obscured a troubling feature of China’s exchange-rate policy: the tendency for sporadic renminbi appreciation (even small movements) to trigger speculative inflows of “hot” money.

Sino-US Cyber Controversy

Shao Yuqun and Lu Chuanying, researchers from SIIS

The United States, the world’s cyber power, and China, the emerging cyber power have convergent and divergent views on many cyber related issues that many times leads to conflict between the two. In the future, an increased level of communication will lead to mutual trust in handling many of these issues, and will aide in the effect rule making process.

Obama’s Agenda in Asia

Mel Gurtov, Editor-in-Chief of Asian Perspective

What’s on President Barack Obama’s agenda in Asia? As U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s trip to the Asia-Pacific comes to a close, Mel Gurtov turns his attention to Obama-s four-country trip at the end of April and highlights its significance for US alliance politics in Asia.

Don’t Bet On A Chinese Financial Meltdown, At Least For Now

Yu Yongding, former president of the China Society of World Economics

Don’t Bet On A Chinese Financial Meltdown, At Least For Now

Analysts expecting a large crash of the Chinese economy will be disappointed, writes Yu Yongding, as China has, in fact, faced far worse financial difficulties. While the country’s current problems aren’t as severe as those it faced in the late 1990’s or early 2000’s, problems do persist and the margin for error is rapidly reaching its economic limits.

Learn More About China, Mr. Hagel!

Yu Sui,Professor with the China Center for Contemporary World Studies

Yu Sui hopes that Chuck Hagel’s current trip in China can provide positive momentum for the formulation of the new-type major-country relationship between China and the United States.

Clarity in Core Interests, a Must for “A New Type of Great Power Relations”

Stephen Harner, a former US State Department official

Clarity in Core Interests, a Must for “A New Type of Great Power Relations”

Following issues in Crimea, the topic of “core national interests” continues to emerge as a critical point in geopolitics. As Stephen Harner explains, it is necessary for the United States to follow China’s lead and define its own core interests. By eliminating any uncertainty over national priorities, both nations can continue seeking “A New Type of Great Power Relations.”

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