Research, commentary, and upcoming events from the Brookings China Center.
John L. Thornton China Center Bulletin
February 24, 2016
REUTERS/David Ryder - Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington, September 23, 2015.

How Xi Jinping sees the world ... and why

Jeffrey A. Bader

Jeffrey Bader argues that understanding the evolution of Chinese views of international order since 1949 helps clarify President Xi Jinping’s particular contributions to the way China sees and interacts with the world.

Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) march during the military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Beijing, China, September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The recent high turnover in the PLA leadership—Part II: Expansion and escalation

Cheng Li

In the second installment of this series, Cheng Li addresses China’s military reforms, including a detailed discussion of the background and chronology of its military reform plan.


The Business - Extended interview with David Dollar

David Dollar, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Cheer up, Wall Street—China’s correction is welcome news

David Dollar and Michael E. O’Hanlon


Brad Setser, Stephen Roach, and Eswar Prasad (Left to right)

Tremors in the Chinese economy: Debating the road ahead

February 10, 2016

The John L. Thornton China Center hosted a debate between leading economists on the risks and opportunities that lie ahead for China’s economy.

Balancing cooperation and competition in U.S.-China relations

February 4, 2016

The John L. Thornton China Center convened a panel of scholars from the United States and China to discuss critical touchpoints in the relationship between the two countries.

Kim Jong Un (C) provides field guidance at the newly built National Space Development General Satellite Control and Command Centre.

North Korea’s fourth nuclear test: How will Pyongyang’s neighbors and the U.S. respond?

February 3, 2016

The John L. Thornton China Center and the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings organized an event to assess North Korea’s nuclear test, compare the policy responses of the Republic of Korea, Japan, and China, and consider the implications for U.S. policy. 


Chinese missiles in South China Sea underscore a growing conflict risk

February 17, 2016, New York Times, Kenneth Lieberthal

An Asia summit meeting is overshadowed by Scalia

February 15, 2016, New York Times, Jeffrey A. Bader

Between Punxsutawney and Pyongyang

February 13, 2016, The Economist, Jonathan D. Pollack

Experts: Sino-US cooperation needed in South China Sea

February 5, 2016, China Radio International, Cheng Li, Kenneth Lieberthal, and Jonathan D. Pollack


The John L. Thornton China Center develops timely, independent analysis and policy recommendations to help U.S. and Chinese leaders address key long-term challenges, both in terms of U.S.-China relations and China’s internal development.


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