China Policy Institute


China Policy Institute

Newly based in the School of Politics and International Relations at The University of Nottingham, the China Policy Institute (CPI) has entered its 13th year as a major centre of expertise on contemporary China.

The CPI is explicitly outward-facing, drawing on a network of Internal and Non-Resident Senior Fellows to engage with a range of stakeholders in government, business, civil society and the media.

Our network of academic China specialists facilitates evidence-based policy and decision-making through a program of engagements and dialogues.

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Written by Dr Minglu Chen.

Though considered by many a rubber-stamp institution in China's political complex responsible only for endorsing laws and policies already decided upon by the Party, the annual meeting of the National People's Congress (NPC) of China still provides some useful perspectives on China's present situation and future development. The 5th session of the 12th NPC met in Beijing between the 5th-15th March 2017, and in particular, has sent a strong signal of China’s continuous commitment to an 'innovation-driven' economic future.

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Written by Jichang Lulu.

The Chinese government's prerogative to manage the rebirths of incarnate lamas is being tested in Mongolia. One of the highest lineages covered by the Qing's 'Golden Urn' system at the basis of PRC reincarnation law is passing to its next holder, with the Dalai Lama's involvement. Despite clear signs that China cares, no public position has emerged so far. To determine what China's approach to the reincarnation issue might be, we have to go through some Mongolian history and a bit of leaf-reading. The very relevance of state management of rebirths to China's foreign relations indicates to what extent Qing imperial thought permeates PRC policy. Reincarnation diplomacy is real and has an impact on Chinese policies towards its closest neighbours.

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Written by Michael Reilly.

Twenty years ago, Robin Cook, the then recently appointed British Foreign Secretary, generated debate and controversy when he claimed that the Labour government of the day had introduced 'an ethical dimension' to British diplomacy. While professional diplomats jibbed at the inference that they had ever behaved other than ethically, the much more widespread view of diplomacy was and surely remains that it is driven above all by realpolitik, that in the words of Lord Palmerston, repeated by Henry Kissinger, Charles de Gaulle and many others, countries have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests. Diplomacy, it follows, is about protecting and promoting those interests come what may.

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Written by John J Stremlau.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump will meet for the first time at Trump’s opulent Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida in early April. There's no indication yet that they will discuss Africa. But both major powers have extensive and often complementary interests that are of benefit to the continent.

A familiar list of more intractable economic and security issues will likely be on the table. It could be a positive counterpoint if both Beijing and Washington affirm a willingness to explore trilateral cooperation with African governments.

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CPI Seminar From the Barrel of a Gun: Politics, Power, and the Chinese Army with Samantha Hoffman and Peter Mattis

03 April 2017 (16:00-18:00)
B18 Law and Social Sciences Building, University Park
CPI Seminar by Samantha Hoffman and Peter Mattis

CPI Seminar by Carrie Gracie, BBC China Editor

05 April 2017 (16:00-18:00)
A40 Clive Granger, University Park
CPI Seminar by Carrie Gracie, BBC China Editor.

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