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 Carolyn L. Hsu.

Is the government of the People's Republic of China attempting to suppress civil society? This has certainly been the view of many Western journalists and activists, who decried the Overseas NGOs Law, which came into effect in January, 2017. The law requires international NGOs to register with the Ministry of Public Security and submit to other forms of supervision. The international press described the law as a "crackdown" on civil society, a "tool to legalize human rights abuses," and predicted that foreign NGOs would flee China. The US government expressed its concern that the law is too restrictive. In past several years, Chinese authorities have also harassed NGOs and arrested activists and lawyers. Some activists have called it "the worst clampdown [on civil society] since the period after government troops opened fire on protesters in 1989."

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Written by James Samuel Johnson.

There has long been a gap between China's nuclear weapons capabilities and the aspirations of its defence strategists, some of whom are keen to align Beijing's nuclear posture with the offensive, dominant stance of its conventional military forces. They may be getting their way: there are signs that China could start to move towards a "war-fighting" nuclear stance and dramatically change the way it uses its nuclear weapons for strategic purposes.

This would be a huge change. For the last two decades, outside observers have often talked about China's "official" nuclear posture as more passive than assertive. What Western coverage China's nuclear capabilities get tends towards stability and non-belligerence, pointing to Beijing's longstanding policies of minimum deterrence, and "no first use".

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Written by Adrian Raftery.

There are numerous interpretations of the rationale behind China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative. At one end, OBOR is an economic instrument to vent surplus domestic industrial overcapacity and shift heavy-polluting industry inland; an energy security project to alleviate China's dependency on the Malacca Strait as its primary corridor for resource imports; an infrastructure program to improve trade connectivity; a commercial initiative to challenge U.S. and Russian operations in Southeast and Central Asia, respectively; and a foreign policy tool to bolster China's global authority.

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Written by Shui-Yan Tang.

A great challenge facing many Chinese reformers since the late Qing era has been to build a unified and strong nation that is also energized by a vibrant civil society. Such efforts have been hampered to varying extents by a patriarchal tradition that is based on hierarchical and dependent relationships. This tradition has continued to influence civil society and NGO development in contemporary China.

Liang Qichao reported his experience of visiting Chinatowns in North America in the early 1900s. As a renowned reformer at the time, Liang was warmly welcomed by overseas Chinese in North America and stayed in several Chinese communities for months in 1902. His observation was that civic organizations in Chinatowns in North America were either dominated by a handful of strong leaders or at the edge of chaos.

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CPI Seminar by Dr Jennifer Hsu

21 February 2017 (16:00-18:00)
B2 The Hemsley (Staff Club) UPC
CPI Seminar by Dr Jennifer Hsu

CPI Seminar Russian-Chinese "Strategic Partnership" by Dr Mikhail Karpov

23 March 2017 (16:00-18:00)
B1 Hemsley, Universiity Park
CPI Seminar by Dr Mikhail Karpov

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