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David Gitter

David Gitter is the director of the Party Watch Initiative, where he specializes in research and analysis of authoritative open source Chinese language materials. Prior to joining the Project 2049 Institute, he worked in various analytical capacities in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, including the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (OUSDP), and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), focusing on Chinese foreign policy and broader Asian security issues. Gitter received his MA in Asian Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He has lived, worked, and studied in Beijing, China and has working proficiency in Mandarin.

The CCP Plants the China Dream Abroad
December 09, 2017
The CCP Plants the China Dream Abroad
“The CCP’s arms of influence are targeting foreign societies in ways that have seldom been fully considered.”
The CCP Plants the China Dream Abroad
Pseudonyms with Chinese Characteristics: An Authoritative Resource for China Watchers
November 04, 2017
Pseudonyms with Chinese Characteristics: An Authoritative Resource for China Watchers
When you see a Chinese commentary signed by Ren Zhongping, Zhong Zuwen, or Guo Ping, it's the government talking.
Pseudonyms with Chinese Characteristics: An Authoritative Resource for China Watchers
China Sells Socialism to the Developing World
October 28, 2017
China Sells Socialism to the Developing World
Expect China to become more assertive in pushing its alternative development model to other countries.
China Sells Socialism to the Developing World
How Effective Is CCP Propaganda?
October 24, 2017
How Effective Is CCP Propaganda?
Even CCP members are increasingly unconvinced by official Party ideology.
How Effective Is CCP Propaganda?
The Chinese Communist Party: Candid and Transparent?
October 06, 2017
The Chinese Communist Party: Candid and Transparent?
The CCP is surprisingly candid about its goals, intentions, and activities in Chinese language publications.
The Chinese Communist Party: Candid and Transparent?
US-China Frictions in Film: Hollywood With Chinese Characteristics
December 29, 2016
US-China Frictions in Film: Hollywood With Chinese Characteristics
China's film policies are a window into its broader view of cultural products.
US-China Frictions in Film: Hollywood With Chinese Characteristics
How Beijing Uses People-to-People Ties as Leverage Over Taiwan
October 01, 2016
How Beijing Uses People-to-People Ties as Leverage Over Taiwan
Beijing hopes to convince Taiwanese to pressure their government into more politically accommodating positions.
How Beijing Uses People-to-People Ties as Leverage Over Taiwan
The Chinese Communist Party International Department: Overlooked yet Ever Present
August 08, 2016
The Chinese Communist Party International Department: Overlooked yet Ever Present
Even seasoned China hands have often overlooked one of the most authoritative channels of CPC influence and power.
The Chinese Communist Party International Department: Overlooked yet Ever Present
Does China Care About the South China Sea Ruling?
July 15, 2016
Does China Care About the South China Sea Ruling?
And if not, can Beijing be made to care?
Does China Care About the South China Sea Ruling?
Why China Both Loves and Fears the Rule of Law
June 25, 2016
Why China Both Loves and Fears the Rule of Law
Beijing recognizes the importance of a reliable legal system, but fears the challenge lawyers could pose to the CCP.
Why China Both Loves and Fears the Rule of Law
China's Innovation Dream: Mission Impossible?
June 10, 2016
China's Innovation Dream: Mission Impossible?
Chinese innovation will be stifled by political limits and censorship, unless the Party is willing to make a change.
China's Innovation Dream: Mission Impossible?
Is China’s Period of Strategic Opportunity Over?
May 28, 2016
Is China’s Period of Strategic Opportunity Over?
China's growing assertiveness reflects the fear that its period of strategic opportunity is drawing to a close.
Is China’s Period of Strategic Opportunity Over?
How Can China’s Intellectuals Be Managed?
May 20, 2016
How Can China’s Intellectuals Be Managed?
How China's United Front Work Department tries to channel input from non-party intellectuals.
How Can China’s Intellectuals Be Managed?
Chinese Communist Party Education: Now New and Improved
May 13, 2016
Chinese Communist Party Education: Now New and Improved
The CCP is using a two-pronged approach to ensure discipline among its cadres.
Chinese Communist Party Education: Now New and Improved
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