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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.
Written by Peter Lorge.
One of the abiding criticisms of American military policy in the post-Cold War era is that it lacks a strategy. This seems particularly true of American strategy, or lack thereof, in the Pacific. By contrast, the Chinese government appears to have a very clear strategy of mutually reinforcing military and economic expansion throughout the world. Chinese island building in the South China Sea (SCS) fits neatly into Xi Jinping’s broader One Belt One Road policy. But just because the Chinese have a strategy doesn’t mean that it’s a good one. And while the United States should certainly develop and execute a coherent strategy of its own, it may well be that in the SCS it would be wise to not, as Napoleon said, interrupt one’s opponent while he is making a mistake. This is particularly true given that no one has thus far offered an effective way of preventing China’s militarization of these artificial islands.
Written by Bert Chapman.
U.S. congressional committees play an important role in U.S. government policymaking due to their legislative, oversight, war declaration, and funding authorities granted in Article I of the U.S. Constitution. These committees are currently engaged in the annual federal budget process where they review the Trump Administration’s proposed budget for U.S. government agencies including the Department of Defense and U.S. armed services branches. Short and long-term strategic trends and developments involving China’s military and its impact on the U.S. are also discussed by committee members and expert witnesses.
Written by Greg C. Wright.
On March 22, the Trump administration lobbed its second volley in a planned escalation of punitive trade measures against America’s trading partners. The latest salvo targeted $50 billion worth of Chinese exports to the U.S., the largest U.S. trading partner, and covered a much wider range of products than the first set of tariffs, which focused on steel and aluminum. More recently, Trump has promised to enact tariffs on an additional $100 billion in Chinese goods.
Written by Qing Shan Ding.
Despite the Chinese government repeatedly commenting that they do not want a trade war with the US, the situation seems to be escalating. In response to President Trump’s proposed $50 billion tariff on some Chinese products, China announced retaliatory measures on a range of American products including airplanes, cars and some American agriculture products. The 25% tariff on soybean in particular, was considered to strike at the American rural heartland. Soybean is one of the biggest American exports to China, worth about $14 billion a year alone.
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