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Jiachen Shi

Jiachen Shi

Jiachen Shi is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Tulane University.

He received his M.A. in International Relations from the University of Liverpool. His research interests include U.S.-China relations, Comparative politics between the U.S. and China,  Political economy, and Political psychology. His articles have been featured in The Diplomat and the National Interest.

Posts by Jiachen Shi
March 12, 2024

The China Policy Gap Between Biden and Trump Is Bigger Than You Think

By Jiachen Shi
Rhetorically, the two presidential candidates hit many of the same notes. But in practice they have approached competition with China very differently.

February 01, 2024

Would Donald Trump Start a China-US Trade War 2.0?

By Jiachen Shi
Even if Trump could somehow weather the economic repercussions of another trade war, the broader political consequences for the Republican Party would likely be insurmountable.
December 20, 2023

Does the 2024 US Defense Policy Bill Signify Bipartisan Agreement on China?

By Jiachen Shi
There is less consensus on U.S. China policy than it might seem, particularly among rank-and-file politicians. 

December 06, 2023

The Newsom-DeSantis Debate Reveals Growing Partisan Conflict Over US China Policy

By Jiachen Shi
The debate between the state governors highlighted the divide between Democrats and Republicans on China.

October 12, 2023

House Speaker Drama Will Plunge US China Policy Into Uncertainty

By Jiachen Shi
Kevin McCarthy's ouster – and the rising power of the Freedom Caucus – will intensify internal divisions on China policy.

September 01, 2023

The First Republican Presidential Debate Revealed a Crucial Split on China Policy 

By Jiachen Shi
The clash between Reaganism and the non-interventionism championed by the rising New Right will have enormous implications for China policy.
July 28, 2023

Identity Politics in U.S. China Policy Could Backfire

By Jiachen Shi
In their rhetoric, politicians may emphasize the distinction between the CCP and the people, but this serves to justify increasingly hawkish policies that don’t really consider that division.

July 07, 2023

What Does the Rise of the New Right Mean for China-US Relations?

By Jiachen Shi
Politicians like Rand Paul embrace a firm non-intervention stance, which results in a far more moderate approach to China issues.

June 07, 2023

Ron DeSantis Brings US China Policy Into the Culture Wars

By Jiachen Shi
His strategy of framing China-U.S. competition within an ideological and cultural narrative allows DeSantis to differentiate himself from former President Donald Trump.

May 18, 2023

The TikTok Ban Is Mired in a Stalemate in US Congress

By Jiachen Shi
The idea of a TikTok ban may seem to have bipartisan support, but that belies the complicated political calculations going on behind the scenes.

May 03, 2023

How China Became a Wedge Issue Amid the US Debt Ceiling Nail-Biter

By Jiachen Shi
Both Democrats and Republicans have tried to use the specter of China to justify their own budget plans.
April 13, 2023

Underneath the Bipartisan Meeting with Tsai Lurks McCarthy’s Partisan Agenda

By Jiachen Shi
Despite emphasizing his commitment to bipartisanship, Kevin McCarthy’s current top priority is promoting partisan legislation and cementing Republicans as tough on China. 

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