China

The People's Republic of Rumors

  • By
  • Christina Larson,
  • New America Foundation
July 11, 2011 |

Last Friday, July 1, one familiar face was missing from the usual lineup of past and present Chinese Communist Party leaders at the CCP's 90th-anniversary parade: Where was former President Jiang Zemin? Was he very ill, recently deceased, or for some reason not wanted there? No explanation was given for his absence -- not even an official acknowledgment of his nonattendance.

The Green Leap Forward

  • By
  • Christina Larson,
  • New America Foundation
July 7, 2011 |

Among the most important high-tech endeavors at Shanghai Jiaotong University -- widely considered to be China's No. 2 engineering school -- is a cavernous showroom that resembles nothing so much as a futuristic Home Depot.

Green Activists Feel Sting of Chinese Government Crackdown

  • By
  • Christina Larson,
  • New America Foundation
June 30, 2011 |

Seven years ago, China’s grassroots environmental activists won arguably their most remarkable victory. After a nationally coordinated, media-savvy anti-dam campaign, Premier Wen Jiabao responded in April 2004 by personally stepping in to suspend plans to dam China’s last free-flowing river, the Nujiang. With a nod to concerns that Chinese environmentalists had raised about the dam’s impact on local ecosystems, Wen asked that the plans be “seriously reviewed and decided scientifically.”

China’s Energy Rise and the Future of U.S.-China Energy Relations

  • By Mikkal Herberg, Research Director, Energy Security Program The National Bureau of Asian Research
June 21, 2011

China is gradually emerging as a new superpower in global energy markets and energy geopolitics.  This reflects the enormous scale of China’s current and future energy and oil consumption, Beijing’s growing energy investments abroad and expanding energy diplomacy, its rising carbon emissions, and China’s emergence as a global leader in clean energy technology development. The scale of China’s energy expansion is quite breathtaking.

American Policy Toward China: Getting Beyond the Friend-or-Foe Fallacy

  • By Ely Ratner, RAND Corporation and Steven Weber, University of California, Berkeley
June 15, 2011

“You can't manage what you can't measure” is a widely accepted truism among business and government organizations. It is not widely accepted among psychologists and sociologists, most of whom would recoil at the idea that the condition of a relationship should be ‘marked to market’ every day, or that any meaningful relationship can be boiled down to a single index that quantifies where it is at any moment and whether it is “better’’ or “worse” than a week or a month ago. 

The Big Test

  • By
  • Christina Larson,
  • New America Foundation
June 10, 2011 |

For three days each June, all of China quiets to a whisper. In Shanghai, the ever-present construction crews are furloughed, and thousands of uniformed signal guards are deployed to stop drivers from sounding their horns. Similar noise-reduction campaigns are put in place in other cities across the country.

No More Rabbits in the Hat

June 9, 2011

-- This is a guest post by Jay Pelosky, Principal, J2Z Advisory, LLC --

GLOBAL BACKDROP

Friend, Foe, or Fallacy

Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 12:15pm

Does China’s rise strengthen the existing international order or overturn it?  How we perceive and react to China’s rise will have dramatic consequences for Sino-American relations and China’s role in the world. Whether we see Beijing as a friend, a challenger, or whether those labels engender a false choice is critical to how we develop the right foreign policy for a rising China.

Watch Ely Ratner and Steven Weber in their discussion on how we should approach U.S.–China relations during this period of great power transitions.

Where the River Ends

  • By
  • Christina Larson,
  • New America Foundation
June 2, 2011 |

In glittering Shanghai, known for its hopping night life and influx of Western luxury stores, a VIP cocktail reception last Thursday night, May 26,marked the opening of a new H&M clothing store on upscale Nanjing Road. As a parade of BMWs, Audis, and Mercedes pulled up to valet parking alongside a red carpet unfurled on the sidewalk, an observer might never have suspected that the local government here in China's richest and most urbane city has been struggling with two very basic problems: keeping the water running and the power on.

China, IPOs and a Transforming Economy

  • By
  • Afshin Molavi,
  • New America Foundation
July 22, 2010 |

Behind the astronomic figures and shattered records, the Agricultural Bank of China's celebrated initial public offering reveals the growing financial ties between the Middle Kingdom and the Middle East, reflects a maturing China broadening its domestic growth strategy, and demonstrates the importance of Asia to global recovery.

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