China Politics

Backgrounder: A Brief History of China’s United Front

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Xi Jinping has dusted off an old ‘magic weapon’ to wage political warfare at home and abroad. Here’s a brief history of the global influencing operation that surprisingly few have heard of.

US-China Trade Deal (March 9, 2019)

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Zac and Nick discuss whether the rumored terms of the US-China trade deal are a win for the Trump administration.

How Low Can the Renminbi Go?

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What’s behind the recent devaluation of the renminbi, and what’s its floor?

Twin Traps Imperil China’s Trajectory in the Decade Ahead

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Avoiding the Thucydides Trap and the middle-income trap will require compromise, domestic stability, and constructive relations with the US.

Trump Expands His Trade War to China

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The opening volleys have been fired in the long awaited US-China trade war.

Emperor Xi Ascends to the Throne in China

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For better or worse, the elimination of presidential term limits will be looked back on as a turning point in modern Chinese history.

What to Expect from China’s Fifth Plenum

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How will the Fifth Plenum respond to the growing list of economic and military challenges facing China?

Shanghai Cooperation Organization Set to Grow as China Extends its Reach


The latest meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization wrapped up in Tajikistan with pledges of deeper economic cooperation and new member-states in the years to come.

New Fault Lines Emerge in China’s Leadership Transition

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To view this week’s demotion of a key ally to President Hu Jintao as a victory for accountability at the highest levels of China’s leadership would be incorrect. Quite the contrary, it stands as yet another sign that China’s leadership transition is anything but orderly.

Dossier: Xi Jinping and China’s New Leadership

China Vice-President Xi stands during trade agreement ceremony between two countries at Dublin Castle in Dublin

The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China will convene this autumn as the culmination of a secretive transfer of power at the very top of the Communist Party (CCP).

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