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Who Makes China’s Foreign Policy?

As China’s leadership transition is nearing completion, the Foreign Ministry is also undergoing a leadership change. China’s foreign minister, Yang Jiechi, now holds the top foreign policy position. Wang Yi, previously an...

Scenes from the Two Sessions (3)

Delegates joke and scowl at the “Two Sessions,” the annual meetings of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Click any image to launch the gallery view. Browse...

White House Demands Crackdown on Hacking

After foreign minister Yang Jiechi brushed off Chinese government involvement in recent hacking attacks as nothing but an international smear campaign last weekend, U.S. national security adviser Tom Donilon demanded today that...

China Won’t Forsake North Korea

Tensions between North Korea and China have been on the rise due to the recent nuclear test by Pyongyang. As a result, China has voiced support for the U.N. Security Council’s resolution that would impose tougher sanctions on...

Classical Music with Chinese Characteristics

While John Garnaut focuses on Xi Jinping’s former study group of “Second Generation Reds”, Sheila Melvin at ChinaFile looks at another gathering of China’s political elite: the short-lived Three Highs...

Murakami on Islands Dispute, Rushdie on Ai Weiwei

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami has commented on the tense stand-off between China and Japan over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. Murakami wrote in the Asahi Shimbun that (from AFP): “When a territorial issue ceases to be a...

Clinton Visit Reflects “Touchy Relationship”

Amid calls by visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for China to resolve its disputes on the South China Sea, VOA details an exchange between Clinton and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi at a Wednesday news...

Expansion and Iran on Table at SCO Summit

From June 6-7, China will be hosting the 2012 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Beijing. The SCO is an international mutual-security organization thought by some to be a collective attempt to counter NATO and...

China Backs UN Statement Against Rocket Launch

China joined the rest of the UN Security Council on Monday in backing a statement condemning North Korea’s failed rocket launch last week, calling for harsher sanctions and warning of “further consequences” in...

Beijing Steers “Tricky Path” With Iran

With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Monday and warning of a shrinking window for diplomacy with Iran over its nuclear program, Princeton University’s...

Chinese Foreign Minister Visits Sudans

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi is visiting both Sudan and the newly independent South Sudan, marking the first high-level visit from Beijing since the latter’s secession last month. From the BBC: China has been a...

US and China Prepare for Visit of Chinese Leader

With President Hu Jintao scheduled to visit Washington later this month, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held a meeting in Washington to discuss thorny issues in the the...

China Blames U.S. for Strained Relations

From the New York Times: The minister, Yang Jiechi, said at a news conference that the administration of President Obama had seriously disrupted the relationship by announcing the sale of weapons to Taiwan and holding a White...

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