China Policy Institute


China Policy Institute

The China Policy Institute (CPI) is a major centre of expertise on contemporary China and 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 Elizabeth Van Wie Davis.

A new Chinese White Paper titled, Human Rights in Xinjiang-Development and Progress (White Paper) was released on June 1, 2017. The paper outlines recent policies and occurrences involving Islam in Xinjiang. This White Paper, along with several other official documents outlining the government's position in Xinjiang, reveal the official stance on religious issues. Along with these positions are the actual events in Xinjiang, some of which involve violence and terrorist activities and some of which involve government oppression. Regarding the old question of whether the global Islamic revivalism causes Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang to engage in violence or whether the Chinese government oppression toward the Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang causes the violence and unrest, the answer is both are true. Harder to unravel is the question of which is the catalyst and which is the reaction.

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Written by Isabelle Cheng.

The New Southbound Policy was the buzz word popping up all the time when I visited four Vietnamese women in southern Taiwan in April. If this repackaged political economic strategy were to be exclusively viewed as a foreign policy initiative, it would be somewhat unexpected that an issue in the realm of 'high politics' would become such a part of these women's daily life activities. However, if one consider acting upon their subjective understanding of this foreign policy as a form of political participation, then my Vietnamese friends have become actors of high politics at the grassroots level. Migrating from their country, which is the largest contributor (excluding China) to Taiwan’s foreign-born population, they have not only claimed a role to play in the policy's implementation but have also subjectively incorporated it into their career trajectories and activism.

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Written by Yuen Yuen Ang.

The past decade has seen a proliferation of China models. Numerous individuals have proffered their version of a single magic bullet that explains how China works.

While all existing China models capture some element of truth, they are inadequate - even misleading - in two ways. The first is that existing models only capture a slim, partial picture of how China really works. Western observers, in particular, favor models that emphasize the top-down, authoritarian aspects of China, while ignoring its bottom-up, decentralized qualities. The Beijing Consensus is a case in point. Daniel Bell's description of China’s political system as meritocratic flies in the face of vast corruption and patronage.

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Written by Yu-Shan Wu, Chris Alden and Elizabeth Sidiropoulos.

Chinese President Xi Jinping made it clear at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos that the world should abandon protectionism and commit itself to an open global economy.

A recent summit in Beijing that focused on China's most ambitious foreign policy to date – the Belt and Road initiative – added texture to this call.

The grand vision was launched in 2013 originally as the "One Belt, One Road" initiative. It involves China underwriting billions of dollars of infrastructure investment in countries along the old Silk Road, linking it with a network of countries in Europe, Asia and Africa.

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The Pattern of Taiwan's Democratisation: 2017 Joint Roundtable Program

22 (09:00) - 23 June 2017 (16:00)
Trent Building, University Park
This roundtable will focus on the pattern of Taiwan's democratisation.

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