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06.03.2014

China’s Maritime Provocations

Susan Shirk

Last weekend I attended the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual gathering of Asian, European, and American defense and military officials and strategic experts in Singapore hosted by the London International Institute of Strategic Studies....

Books

01.16.2014

Debating China

Laura Chang

America and China are the two most powerful players in global affairs, and no relationship is more consequential. How they choose to cooperate and compete affects billions of lives. But U.S.-China relations are complex and often delicate,...

Media

12.19.2013

Chinese Admiral to U.S. Navy: ‘We Will Block You’

Tea Leaf Nation, Liz Carter

On December 5, the U.S. missile-carrying cruiser Cowpens almost collided with a Chinese ship in international waters. The Cowpens was observing the maiden voyage of China’s new aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, when a vessel accompanying it...

Conversation

04.30.2013

What’s Really at the Core of China’s “Core Interests”?

Shai Oster, Andrew J. Nathan, Orville Schell, Susan Shirk, Tai Ming Cheung, John Delury

Shai Oster: It’s Pilates diplomacy—work on your core. China’s diplomats keep talking about China’s core interests and it’s a growing list. In 2011, China included its political system and social stability as core interests. This year, it...

Conversation

02.20.2013

Cyber Attacks—What’s the Best Response?

Jonathan Landreth, James Fallows, Xiao Qiang, Bill Bishop, Tai Ming Cheung

Jonathan Landreth: With regular ChinaFile Conversation contributor Elizabeth Economy on the road, I turned to her colleague Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York....

Reports

07.24.2012

Stirring Up the South China Sea (II) 

David M. Barreda

The South China Sea dispute between China and some of its South East Asian neighbours - Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei - has reached an impasse. Increasingly assertive positions among claimants have pushed regional tensions...

Reports

04.23.2012

Stirring up the South China Sea (I)

David M. Barreda

The conflicting mandates and lack of coordination among Chinese government agencies, many of which strive to increase their power and budget, have stoked tensions in the South China Sea. Any future solution to the South China Sea disputes...

Reports

09.21.2011

China’s Assertive Behavior

He Jianan

The authors of this essay examine Chinese assertiveness concerning U.S. political and military behavior along China’s maritime periphery. This topic inevitably also concerns Chinese behavior toward Japan, South Korea, and some ASEAN...

Sinica Podcast

08.20.2010

China’s Troubled Waters

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn, Gady Epstein, Bill Bishop, Stephanie T. Kleine-Ahlbrandt

Are Chinese-American maritime relations running aground? The recent sinking of the South Korean corvette the Cheonan, most likely by China’s unruly client state North Korea, has led to the U.S.S. George Washington participating in naval...