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 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 Judith Shapiro.

Environmental NGOs must deal with uncertainty and change under authoritarian regimes. Such ENGOs must try to keep within boundaries of what is permissible when such limits are often shifting and unclear. In China, in an age of contracting public space under President Xi Jinping and new regulations governing the conduct of social organizations, ENGOs must play a delicate game. How are they negotiating this political landscape? What are the risks and rewards? This paper is intended as a snapshot of how Chinese ENGOs navigate their status at the current moment.

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Written by Xinsheng Liu and Ren Mu.

With a remarkable annual growth rate in GDP averaging at 8 to 9 percent for the past three decades, China has transformed from a poverty-afflicted country into a global economic powerhouse. However, this economic growth comes at a very heavy price: the environmental conditions in the world's most populous country have been quickly deteriorating and environmental degradation is progressively taking a more devastating toll on the Chinese people.

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Written by Jerry Zhao.

In a number of developing countries, local governments enjoy more flexibility in managing their land assets than they do in adjusting tax rates, introducing new taxes, increasing user fees, or issuing long-term debt. For these localities, land sales or land leases have become feasible options for financing urban infrastructure. One of the most noteworthy examples is China's land finance, which, since the 1990s has raised massive amounts of revenue for China's local governments, and has become the critical force behind rapid urban infrastructure development.

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TSP/IAPS Documentary Screening and Roundtable Discussion

27 March 2017 (16:00-18:00)
B2 The Hemsley Building, Uniersity Park Campus
Hebei Taipei, Directed by Nien-Hsiu Li and produced by Chou Chen-ting.

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

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The institute is part of the University's Governance and Public Policy Research Priority Area.



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