On December 18, the Trump administration released its National Security Strategy (NSS). Jeffrey A. Bader and Ryan Hass argue that accomplishments in the U.S.-China relationship over the past three decades suggest the need for considerable caution about the NSS’s vague prescription for the future of bilateral relations.
Studying the composition and circulation of the Chinese political elite enables analysts to look beyond the long-standing diagnostic paradigm of the Leninist party-state. In the newly published "Palgrave Handbook of Political Elites," Cheng Li contributes a chapter on China with a comprehensive empirical analysis of the dynamic evolution of Chinese elite politics.
A delegation from the John L. Thornton China Center traveled to Wuzhen, China, to attend the 4th World Internet Conference from December 3-6, 2017. Ryan Hass, who helped craft U.S. cyber policy in the Obama administration, argues that the United States needs to take a more active role in the debate over Internet governance and the development of technologies like artificial intelligence.
U.S.-China trade tensions likely to continue in 2018. Trade continues to be a point of frustration in U.S.-China relations. But David Dollar tells CNN Money that the risk of a trade war may be overblown: "I think there'll be a lot of resistance from the business community and members of Congress," he says.
Clock is ticking for countries to come together on cyber norms. In a report on the 4th World Internet Conference, the Sydney Morning Herald quotes Cheng Li, who warns, "There is no equivalent to mutually assured destruction in cyberspace. Major powers must work together now before it is too late."
New book on China's governance by Brookings scholar earns praise.Foreign Affairs magazine calls "China's Governance Puzzle," co-authored by Jonathan R. Stromseth and others, a "valuable study" that "skillfully blend[s] the latest statistics on corruption with illuminating case studies."
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