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China Initiative Projects
China's Military Transformation PDF Print Email
China Initiative - Projects

The rapid rise of China as a political and economic power with significant and growing global influence has major implications not only for Northeast Asia but the world at large. The international community welcomes the rise of a stable and prosperous China, able to take on a leadership role in Asia for the stability of regional peace and security. China has played a proactive role in fostering security ties with a number of Asian countries in recent years as well as investing in multilateral institutions. However, uncertainty surrounds China's continued expansion and transformation of its military forces.

Domestic Development PDF Print Email
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During the past decade, China's economic growth has averaged 8-9 per cent a year and has witnessed extensive economic expansion with massive foreign investment. Even during the current global downturn, China has been the primary driver behind recovering of global economy. China has set itself the target of-according to its long-term social and economic development plan-achieving by 2020 a fourfold growth in GDP compared to that in 2000. Despite this goal, there are several reasons for concern in domestic contexts, the reason being that there are a number of risks and uncertainties that threaten to undermine the sustainability of China's domestic development, such as an environmental problem, rise in energy demands and the massive unemployed population. What is more, rebalancing growth between urban and rural areas, between rich and poor people and between ethnic majority and minority will depress domestic demand and could feed social instability.

Sino-Japanese Relations PDF Print Email
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Throughout history, the relationship between China and Japan has more often than not been marked by mistrust and animosity, or even violent conflict. Despite three decades of normalized bilateral relations, several past and present issues serve to complicate the relation between the two states. Since a positive and functioning relationship between China and Japan, the two great powers in Northeast Asia, in many ways is a prerequisite for peace and stability in the region, a souring bilateral relationship is not only problematic for the states involved, but has implications for neighboring states and the international community at large. Against this background, it has become increasingly important to understand, identify and implement measures that can prevent and manage conflicts and disputes between these two states.

Cross-Strait Relations PDF Print Email
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A potential conflict in the Taiwan Strait could serve to critically undermine the stability of the region. The People´s Republic of China approximately has 900 to 1,000 missiles on alert within striking distance of Taiwan. Taiwan has continued its military build-up against China's military threat and request US arms sale to Taiwan.

Sino-European Relations PDF Print Email
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Both past and presently, Sino-European relations have been secondary to both actors and the US has had primacy in both respective foreign policies. This has created a situation where both the Chinese and Europeans exhibit a serious lack of understanding of one another, which is the root cause of many misunderstandings. The most important and dangerous symptom of this dysfunctional relationship is suspicion, because suspicion breeds mistrust. This is a curious observation considering interaction and trade between the two actors has increased, whilst trust has decreased and has arguably never been lower. This is despite an increased need and interest to cooperate on areas ranging from social and welfare issues to the combating of piracy and peacekeeping. There have been a number of high-level Sino-European meetings but these have not evidenced the progress needed.

Sino-Russian Relations PDF Print Email
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This project aims to bring together scholars specializing on Sino-Russian relations to address the current status of Sino-Russian relations in the political, military, energy and trade sectors. We aim at producing a comprehensive account on the current status of relations between Russia and China in the sectors outlined above and the geo-political realignments that have occurred in Eurasia in the last 2-3 years. This will be done by exploring overlapping interests and tensions between these two states. Apart from the purely bilateral relations, a focus will be on Central Asia as the region is a major determinant of contemporary Sino-Russian relations.


Publications on China

B.A. Hamzah
Restraining China in the South China Sea: The Limits of U.S. Leverage
POLICY BRIEF, No. 194, April 29, 2016 Webpage Link
Liu Minru
A new era in China-Czech relations begins
COMMENTARY, China Daily, March 28, 2016 Webpage Link
Cesar Castilla
China's Evolving Middle East Role
POLICY BRIEF, No. 193, March 18, 2016 Webpage Link
Dai Yonghong
COMMENTARY, Theory Column, GMW, January 17, 2016 Webpage Link
Minru Liu
New Silk Road
OP-ED, Geopolitika, No. 94, January 2016, pp. 40-42 Webpage Link
Frederick Starr, Svante Cornell, Johan Engvall, Michael Emerson, Vladimir Socor
After the Enhanced PCA: Kazakhstan in Focus
POLICY BRIEF, No. 188-191, December 22, 2015 Webpage Link
Minru Liu
Central, East Europe's road to benefits
OP-ED, China Daily, November 24, 2015 Webpage Link
Michael Evan Goodsite, Michael Goodsite, Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen, Rasmus Bertelsen, Sandra Cassotta, Sandra Pertoldi-Bianchi, Jingzheng Ren, Lize-Marie van der Watt, Halldor Johannsson
The role of science diplomacy: a historical development and international legal framework of arctic research stations under conditions of climate change, post-cold war geopolitics and globalization/power transition
JOURNAL ARTICLE, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, September 28, 2015 Webpage Link
Niklas Swanström
China's New Silk Road, a Security Deficit?
COMMENTARY, Dragon News, No. 03, September 2015, pp. 06-07 Webpage Link
Sangsoo Lee
Nuclear Safety Cooperation in Northeast Asia
COMMENTARY, Eppen, August 28, 2015 Webpage Link
Sudha Ramachandran
China pushes Pakistan to fight terrorism selectively
ARTICLE, CACI Analyst, Volume 8, No. 14, August 17, 2015 Webpage Link
Bernt Berger
China's New National Security Law
COMMENTARY, The Lowy Interpreter, July 10, 2015 Webpage Link
Elliot Brennan
China’s Strengthening Position on Rare Earths
ARTICLE, The Diplomat, July 09, 2015 Webpage Link
Ba Hamzah
Averting Crisis in the Spratlys: Towards a Regional Naval Forum
POLICY BRIEF, No. 183, July 01, 2015 Webpage Link
Quansheng Zhao
U.S.-China "Dual Leadership": The Rise of a New Balance of Power in East Asia?
POLICY BRIEF, No. 182, June 24, 2015 Webpage Link
Rupakjyoti Borah
Anchoring Indo-Japanese Maritime Relations
POLICY BRIEF, No. 180, June 02, 2015 Webpage Link
Niklas Swanström
Central Asia and China’s security policy
BOOK CHAPTER, in Routledge Handbook of Chinese Security, Chapter 15, June 2015, pp. 229-240
Niklas Swanström
China and Greater Central Asia
BOOK CHAPTER, in Handbook on China and Developing Countries, Chapter 18, June 2015, pp. 427-444 Webpage Link
Elliot Brennan
Australia Speaks Plainly on the South China Sea
COMMENTARY, The Diplomat, May 29, 2015 Webpage Link
Elliot Brennan
China's Dangerous $5 Trillion Dollar Bet: A South China Sea ADIZ?
ARTICLE, The National Interest, May 14, 2015 Webpage Link

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