Blog - “We have no substitute”: a European view of China’s economy
By Angela Stanzel - 05 March 2014
It is not yet clear what the National People’s Congress will do in the short term, or whether a debt crisis or a large-scale financial and economic crisis will hit China in the longer term. But optimists and sceptics at the conference both agreed on the way one participant framed the situation: “In China a crisis is coming and the only question is how we respond. But China is not doomed. And for us there is no second China.”
by François Godement
- 05 Mar 14
On the nature of the reform agenda.
Commentary - How Abe makes Washington listen
By François Godement - 24 February 2014
Japanese Prime Minister Abe gives Washington a wakeup call about potential conflict in East Asia, now that immobility is no longer a viable option for dealing with China.
by François Godement
- 24 Feb 14
Relations between China and its neighbours changed dramatically
Blog - Aftermath of North Korea’s “12/12”
By Angela Stanzel - 31 January 2014
It has been two years since Kim Jong-un took over North Korea, and observers and international actors are still asking themselves where he's taking the country. No time should be wasted in addressing such an overarching question. Serious talks and international pressure are necessary to bring peace and stability to the region, but they will only work if international stakeholders can formulate a common strategy on how to deal with North Korea.
by Daniel Levy
& François Godement
& Hans Kundnani
& Kadri Liik
& Mark Leonard
& Richard Gowan
- 30 Jan 14
A comprehensive assessment of European foreign policy
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Blog - Dissent in China
By Thomas Koenig - 22 January 2014
The question of dissent is a question of agency – the increased will of the Chinese to insist on certain rights is a small victory for civil society in itself. But it is unclear how far the protesters are willing to take their discontent. Twenty-five years after Tiananmen and unparalleled economic growth, the government has been unsuccessful in choking off dissent completely, perhaps because it has started to see it as a “necessary evil” within the system. In theory, this controlled tension could continue for decades to come, as long as protest will not go beyond flare-ups here and there. The question is: do the Chinese people want this?
Blog - China’s elite: a podcast special
By Nicholas Walton - 17 January 2014
Examining the nature, motivations and aims of China's governing elite, with Francois Godement and John Garnaut