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China Initiative

ISDP has an active China program, which is based around partnerships with official Chinese research institutes.  ISDP's key research partners in China are:

  • The PLA Academy of Military Science (军事科学研究院), China's premier military higher educational institute and think tank, in the Fragrant Hills region of Beijing
  • The China Institutes for Contemporary International Relations (中国现代国际关系研究院), a government-sponsored international relations think tank
  • China Foreign Affairs University (外交学院), which educates the rising generation of Chinese diplomats and is a major research center for the study of international relations

ISDP runs a guest researcher program to host scholars from these institutes in Stockholm for periods of up to three months. During their time in Sweden, the guest researchers complete a research paper for publication in the ISDP Asia Papers series and make a public presentation at the ISDP Asia Forum series of talks, which are open to the public. Guest researchers also interact with the larger research and policy community in Sweden.

ISDP receives a number of high-level delegations from China in Stockholm each year. Noteworthy visitors from the PLA have included Lieutenant General Liu Yuan 刘源 (the then Political Commissar of AMS) and Air Force General Liu Chengjun 刘成军 (the current president of AMS). Each year ISDP also sends several delegations to China for discussions of topics of mutual interest with our partner institutions.  

Annual Joint Conference with the PLA Academy of Military Science

ISDP has held an international conference in cooperation with the PLA Academy of Military Science each year since 2008. The seventh annual conference will be held in Stockholm in the fall of 2014 (topic to be decided). To date, the following topics have been covered (please click on titles for links to conference proceedings):


The current key areas of research in ISDP's China Initiative are:

  • China's military modernization
  • Cross-strait relations
  • Sino-European relations
  • Sino-Japanese relations
  • Sino-Russian relations
  • China's domestic development

Completed projects

  • Management of Ethnic Relations and Conflict in Western China: Past and Present (Xiaolin Guo and Michael Schoenhals) 

Primary Researchers


Publications on China

Elliot Brennan
China's Dangerous $5 Trillion Dollar Bet: A South China Sea ADIZ?
ARTICLE, The National Interest, May 14, 2015 Webpage Link
Dai Yonghong
China-India Energy Cooperation: A Perspective of Geo-politics and Geo-economics
ARTICLE, China-India Brief, No. 50, May 01, 2015 Webpage Link
Bruce Klingner
Why South Korea Needs THAAD Missile Defense
POLICY BRIEF, No. 175, April 21, 2015 Webpage Link
Ramses Amer, Li Jianwei
Beijing, Hanoi should look beyond disputes
ARTICLE, China Daily, April 09, 2015 Webpage Link
Sangsoo Lee
Breaking the Deadlock: Security Building on the Korean Peninsula
POLICY BRIEF, No. 174, April 01, 2015 Webpage Link
Ramses Amer
Conflicting Views on Global Governance between China and the U.S.
COMMENTARY, China-US Focus, March 30, 2015 Webpage Link
Wu Xin
The PLA’s Evolving Global Role and New Security Initiatives
ASIA PAPER, March 25, 2015, pp. 27 Webpage Link
Dai Yonghong
China and Myanmar: When neighbours become good friends
COMMENTARY, East Asia Forum, March 06, 2015 Webpage Link
Ramses Amer
Dispute Management in the South China Sea
REPORT, NISCSS Report, No. 1, March 06, 2015 Webpage Link
Bernt Berger
China's Myanmar Policy: Dilemma or Strategic Ambiguity?
POLICY BRIEF, No. 171, March 02, 2015 Webpage Link
Dai Yonghong, Qin Yonghong
Construction and Operation of China-Myanmar Oil & Gas Pipeline: A Geopolitical-economic Analysis
JOURNAL ARTICLE, South Asian Studies Quarterly, No. 1, March 2015 Webpage Link
Bernt Berger
Is Beijing supporting rebel groups in Myanmar?
COMMENTARY, The Lowy Interpreter, February 24, 2015 Webpage Link
Ramses Amer, Li Jianwei
China and Vietnam Require More Meaningful Efforts to Manage Disputes
COMMENTARY, China US Focus, February 12, 2015 Webpage Link
Elliot Brennan
Thailand is stuck in a US-China tug of war
ARTICLE, China Spectator, February 11, 2015 Webpage Link
Wang Shumei
The PLA and Student Recruits: Reforming China's Conscription System
ASIA PAPER, January 26, 2015, pp. 21 Webpage Link
Bernt Berger
China's ‘Non-Policy’ for Afghanistan
BOOK CHAPTER, in The EU–China Relationship: European Perspectives - A Manual for Policy Makers, January 2015 Webpage Link
Ramses Amer
Vietnam's Proactive Foreign Relations
POLICY BRIEF, No. 167, December 15, 2014 Webpage Link
Dai Yonghong, Liu Hongchao
Rivalry and Cooperation: A New "Great Game" in Myanmar
ASIA PAPER, December 12, 2014, pp. 34 Webpage Link
Bernt Berger
The Limits of Russia's "Pivot to Asia"
POLICY BRIEF, No. 166, December 05, 2014 Webpage Link
Dai Yonghong , Qin Yonghong
Sino-Pakistan Energy Corridor: Geopolitical and Geo-economic Thoughts
JOURNAL ARTICLE, South Asian Studies Quarterly , No. 4, December 2014 Webpage Link

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