CSIS – ChinaPower November 2016 Newsletter


China Power Project

It is our pleasure to send you the November edition of the ChinaPower Newsletter, the monthly newsletter of the CSIS China Power Project. The China Power Project centers on ChinaPower–a website that provides an in-depth understanding of the evolving nature of Chinese power relative to other countries. The ChinaPower Newsletter highlights the new and updated content on the website, as well as featured events and publications. We hope this newsletter provides you with a snapshot of the work we are doing to help our users better understand the complexity of China’s rise.

New Question

How does education in China compare with other countries?

A well-educated workforce is instrumental to technological and scientific discovery, which can propel states to the apex of the increasingly innovation-based global economy.  This need is particularly salient for China as its leaders seek to push the Chinese economy up the global value chain. Read More.


China’s Power: Up for Debate

The challenges and opportunities presented by China’s rise are hotly contested. To help make sense of the issue, ChinaPower hosted its inaugural conference on November 29, 2016. The conference featured a series of debates between leading experts on the nature of Chinese power. The audience was polled for their opinion both before and after each debate. Polling results, debate descriptions, and conference video are posted on ChinaPower.

ChinaPower Podcasts

US-China Military Ties:

A Conversation with Phillip Saunders

Ties between the US and Chinese militaries are deepening  while strategic competition between them is increasing, especially in the Asia-Pacific. The US is hoping that efforts such as the inclusion of China in Rim of the Pacific naval exercises will help avoid miscalculation that could escalate to a political or even military crisis. In this episode, we welcome Phillip C. Saunders as to discuss the progress and persistent challenges in US-China military relations. Listen Here

China’s 6th Plenum in Review:

A Conversation with Bill Bishop

The Sixth Plenum of the Communist Party of China came to a close on October 28.  Perhaps the most significant news to come out of the plenum was the designation of Xi as the “core” of the leadership, a title previously granted to Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Jiang Zemin. Observers differ over whether Xi’s new title is evidence of his strength or weakness. In this episode, we welcome Bill Bishop as we discuss the 6th Plenum and look to next year’s 19th Party Congress. Listen Here

Duterte’s China Visit:

A Conversation with Renato Cruz De Castro

On October 21, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte concluded his first state visit to China. During his time in Beijing, Duterte and President Xi Jinping agreed to a total of 13 bilateral cooperation documents and announced plans to resume official, bilateral talks on disputes in the South China Sea. In this episode, we welcome Professor Renato Cruz De Castro as we discuss China’s relations with the Philippines. Listen Here

Featured Data

Are patents indicative of Chinese innovation?

ChinaPower provides an in-depth understanding of the evolving nature of Chinese power relative to other countries. The project examines five interrelated categories of Chinese power: military, economics, technology, social, and international image. Through objective analysis and data visualization, ChinaPower unpacks the complexity of China’s rise.
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