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John L. Thornton China Center Bulletin
March 30, 2016


State Councilor Yang Jiechi speaks at the 10th Anniversaries of the John L. Thornton China Center and Brookings-Tsinghua Center

On March 22, Brookings hosted a gala dinner at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, to celebrate the Brookings centenary and the tenth anniversaries of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center (BTC) and the John L. Thornton China Center (JLTCC). The event included remarks and reflections by John L. Thornton and Tsinghua University President Qiu Yong, co-chairs of the Brookings China Council; JLTCC Director Cheng Li and BTC Director Qi Ye; and former JLTCC Directors Jeffrey A. Bader and Kenneth G. Lieberthal. The gala’s guest of honor, China State Councilor Yang Jiechi, delivered keynote remarks on the importance of the U.S.-China relationship and recalled his first visit to Brookings in the 1980s. Brookings Executive Vice President Martin Indyk concluded the gala by toasting a new decade—and a new century—of Brookings’s research and collaboration with Tsinghua University and Chinese think tanks.


REUTERS/Yuri Gripas - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi hold a joint news conference after their meeting at the State Department in Washington, February 23, 2016.

A framework for U.S. policy toward China

Jeffrey A. Bader

Dealing with China may be one of the most critical overseas challenges the United States faces in the twenty-first century. Jeffrey Bader discusses three broad policy frameworks to guide the American approach to a rising China.

Planes form the number "70" as they fly over Pyongyang's main Kim Il Sung Square during the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea October 10, 2015. Isolated North Korea marked the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party on Saturday with a massive military parade overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, who said his country was ready to fight any war waged by the United States. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

China and North Korea: The long goodbye?

Jonathan D. Pollack

China’s estrangement from North Korea continues to fester and deepen. New U.N. sanctions against North Korea have much sharper teeth than previous resolutions, and China has unequivocally pledged to abide by them. Jonathan Pollack assesses whether Beijing is finally turning up the dial.

China's President Xi Jinping attends the second plenary session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-hoon

Decoding Xi Jinping’s latest remarks on Taiwan

Richard C. Bush III

During a recent speech to delegates of the National People's Congress, Chinese President Xi Jinping offered his perspective on Taiwan. Richard Bush addresses the implications for the future of cross-Strait relations. 


Brookings China Council co-chairs John L. Thornton and Qiu Yong signs a calligraphy scroll as China Council member Tang Xiaodan and John L. Thornton China Center Director Cheng Li looks on

Second meeting of the Brookings China Council held in Beijing

March 22, 2016

Earlier this month, Tsinghua University President Qiu Yong hosted the second meeting of the Brookings China Council on the Tsinghua University campus in Beijing, China.

Brookings Foreign Policy Program VP Bruce Jones speaks on G20 and global governance at Tsinghua University.

China’s G-20 presidency: Comparative perspectives on global governance

March 22, 2016

In celebration of their tenth anniversaries, the Brookings-Tsinghua Center and the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings hosted a conference to examine China’s presidency of the G-20 in 2016 and how the country can realize its theme of “an innovative, invigorated, interconnected, and inclusive world economy.”



U.N. adopts sweeping new sanctions on North Korea

March 2, 2016, Washington Post, Jonathan D. Pollack

G20 Hangzhou Summit “launch pad” for global recovery

March 23, 2016, Xinhua, Jeffrey A. Bader

Obama seeing China leader as South China Sea tensions rise

March 29, 2016, ABC News, Jeffrey A. Bader

Xi set to visit US, attend nuclear summit

March 30, 2016, China Radio International, Cheng Li


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