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China Initiative

ISDP has an extremely 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):

Research

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

Shi Qingren
China's Military Reform: Prospects and Challenges
ASIA PAPER, September 11, 2014, pp. 31 Webpage Link
Ernesto Gallo
Eurasian Union versus Silk Road Economic Belt?
POLICY BRIEF, No. 159, August 29, 2014 Webpage Link
Ramses Amer
China-Vietnam Drilling Rig Incident: Reflections and Implications
POLICY BRIEF, No. 158, August 19, 2014 Webpage Link
Ernesto Gallo
Kazakhstan's "Pivot to China"?
POLICY BRIEF, No. 154, June 04, 2014 Webpage Link
Christopher Len
Reed Bank: South China Sea flashpoint
ARTICLE, Asia Times Online, June 03, 2014 Webpage Link
Ramses Amer
China and the South China Sea: How to Manage Maritime Crisis?
JOURNAL ARTICLE, Strategy 21 (Journal of Maritime Security of the Korea Institute for Maritime Strategy), No. 1, June 2014, pp. 222-252 Webpage Link
Wu Xiaoyan
China's "Sea Power Nation" Strategy
ASIA PAPER, June 2014, pp. 26 Webpage Link
Edited by David Mulrooney
Security and Development in Afghanistan after 2014, 6th annual ISDP-AMS Conference
CONFERENCE REPORT, June 2014, pp. 57 Webpage Link
Ramses Amer
Looting Chinese factories won’t help the Vietnamese economy
COMMENTARY, The Conversation, May 16, 2014 Webpage Link
David Mulrooney
Rethinking National Security: China's New Security Commission
POLICY BRIEF, No. 152, May 06, 2014 Webpage Link
Elliot Brennan
MERS-CoV: Deadly SARS-like virus a warning to Southeast Asia
COMMENTARY, Lowy Interpreter, April 30, 2014 Webpage Link
Per Olsson
Rebalancing Act: China’s Fiscal Reform Challenge
POLICY BRIEF, No. 151, April 17, 2014 Webpage Link
Ramses Amer
The South China Sea: Challenge for ASEAN
POLICY BRIEF, No. 150, March 31, 2014 Webpage Link
Elliot Brennan
From tragedy to diplomatic mess: MH370 and the South China Sea
COMMENTARY, The Interpreter, March 19, 2014 Webpage Link
Ramses Amer
Vietnam’s Relations with China – A Multifaceted Partnership
COMMENTARY, China Policy Institute Blog, March 17, 2014 Webpage Link
Niklas Swanström
China's Stakes in the Ukraine Crisis
POLICY BRIEF, No. 147, March 12, 2014 Webpage Link
Bernt Berger
East Asian Security Beyond Models and Polar Orders?
CONFERENCE PAPER, February 25, 2014, pp. 38-41 Webpage Link
Sukjoon Yoon
Toward Crisis Management in East Asia’s Seas
POLICY BRIEF, No. 144, February 14, 2014 Webpage Link

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