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April 13, 2018

China
China’s Strategy in Djibouti: Mixing Commercial and Military Interests

With the opening of the first overseas Chinese military base in Djibouti, this tiny Horn of Africa country has become a testing ground for the mixing of China's commercial and military interests abro…

Djiboutian workers stand at the opening of the Doraleh Multipurpose Port

March 9, 2018

China
Christianity in China

Tens of millions of Chinese now identify as Christians and the number has grown rapidly, posing challenges for a government that is officially atheist and wary of threats to its power.

Chinese Catholics attend an Ash Wednesday mass at a state-sanctioned church in Beijing.

February 15, 2018

China
U.S. Policy Toward China: Dumping the Baby, the Bathwater, and the Tub

According to a recent Foreign Affairs article, U.S. policy toward China has failed. Two senior Asia officials who served in the Obama administration, my good friends Kurt Campbell and Ely Ratner (who…

U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017.

January 29, 2018

Defense Technology
Civil-Military Fusion: The Missing Link Between China's Technological and Military Rise

Many agree that China is becoming a technology and science superpower. How it translates that advantage into military power is another story.

Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China march in formation past the Tiananmen Square

November 7, 2017

North Korea
Can the United States, China, and South Korea Cooperate on North Korea?

This post is co-authored by Sungtae "Jacky" Park, research associate for Korea Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Yet again, Asia watchers are pondering how China might be able to help …

Can the United States, China, and South Korea Cooperate on North Korea?

October 18, 2017

China
China’s Leaky Political Pipeline

Maylin Meisenheimer is a research associate in the Asia studies program at the Council on Foreign Relations This blog is cross-posted with CFR's Asia Unbound.  The 19th Party Congress is almost…

18th Party Congress

October 12, 2017

China
Making Sense of China’s Nineteenth Party Congress

As China’s senior Communist Party members anoint its future leaders, President Xi Jinping is poised to solidify his position and power at next week’s party congress.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at the Great Hall of the People in Beijng to celebrate the ninetieth anniversary of the People's Liberation Army, August 1, 2017.

October 10, 2017

China
China’s Leaky Political Pipeline

Maylin Meisenheimer is a research associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The 19th Party Congress is almost here, bringing with it a slew of questions about China’s future,…

A general view shows delegates raising their hands as they take a vote at the closing session of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing November 14, 2012.

October 4, 2017

China
The Trump Administration Doesn’t Care About Human Rights in China—Here’s Why They Should

Viola Rothschild is a research associate in Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. When United States President Donald J. Trump makes his first visit to China next month, you can bet th…

U.S. President Donald Trump interacts with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago state in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 6, 2017.

August 21, 2017

Southeast Asia
ASEAN, China, and the Lasting Divisions Over the South China Sea

Following the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) foreign ministers meeting earlier this month in Manila, China and Southeast Asian nations announced that they had agreed on a framework f…

ASEAN foreign ministers_8.6.2017