Through its first six months, the Trump administration has concentrated on two issues in its relationship with China: North Korea and trade. While it has secured Chinese buy-in on a new diplomatic framework for dialogue, the administration does not appear to have settled on an overarching China strategy.
North Korea’s August 29 test of an intermediate-range ballistic missile crossed a crucial threshold, directly threatening the security of a major U.S. ally. Jonathan Pollack says the test portends worrisome possibilities that decisionmakers on both sides of the Pacific must face.
The upcoming 19th National Party Congress will not constitute a full-fledged transition. Nevertheless, patterns in leadership reshuffling in the lead-up to the event—especially at the provincial level—clearly reveal the coming-of-age of the Chinese Communist Party’s sixth generation of leaders.
Xi Jinping's protégés at the 19th Party Congress. Although some of Chinese President Xi Jinping's younger allies will be promoted at the upcoming leadership transition, Cheng Li explains that there is a limit to how many seats the group can take on the new Central Committee.
High import tariffs will not faze China. David Dollar tells the Associated Press that China will not simply cave if the United States decides to impose high tariffs on Chinese imports.
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