China Should Be Wary of the Trap of History
By Nicholas Ross Smith and Tracey Fallon
China has long leaned into historical narratives in policymaking. Now Chinese officials are increasingly resorting to emphasizing the negative histories of their adversaries.
Multilateralism and China’s Hedging Strategy
By Kaize ZHU
Nations – including China – hedge to secure their interests in an increasingly multipolar world.
China’s Quiet Move Toward Moderation
By Robert Sutter
Rhetorically, China is standing firm as the U.S. leads a hardening of policy toward Beijing. But its actions reveal a new willingness to compromise.
China’s Preference for Hard Power Is Creating Major Headaches for Beijing
By Guy C. Charlton and Xiang Gao
Taiwan’s election result points to a broader trend: China is failing to use soft power effectively, and paying the reputational price.
What It Means to Be an ‘Old Friend of the Chinese People’
By David Skidmore
The late Henry Kissinger is perhaps the most famous holder of that title, but he is far from alone.
From a Global Summit, the Belt and Road Forum Has Become a Venue for China’s ‘Old Friends’
By Andreea Brînză
The BRF is no longer attracting new faces and expanding China’s influence, as it once did.
China’s Statecraft and Global Leadership
By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Chin-Hao Huang.
The Rise and Fall of China’s Wolf Warrior Diplomacy
By Duan Xiaolin and Liu Yitong
China’s shift toward coercive diplomacy has domestic sources that are important to consider, even as the government signals a new approach.
Xi Jinping’s Diplomacy Is Shifting from Offense to Defense
By Jianli Yang
In the face of strong diplomatic headwinds, Xi seems to be deciding his time is better spent focused on shoring up regime security at home.
China’s Coercion Is Most Effective Against Poorer Countries
By Caleb Harding
It's often argued that China's coercive tactics do not achieve results. But new data suggests that's only true for countries with a high GDP per capita.
What Makes Xi Jinping’s State Visit to South Africa So Unusual
By Shannon Tiezzi
In the past, Xi has used the BRICS summit as the basis for a wider regional tour. Not this year.
One Chinese Netizen’s Perspective on the Ukraine War
By Mu Chunshan
From the outside, it may seem that most Chinese support Russia, but one eloquent post may speak for China’s “silent majority.”