Research, commentary, and upcoming events from the Brookings China Center.
John L. Thornton China Center Bulletin
April 27, 2016
Members of the People's Liberation Army

The recent high turnover in the PLA leadership—Part III: Personal and political

Cheng Li

In part three of his series "Promoting 'Young Guards': The Recent High Turnover in the PLA Leadership" for the China Leadership Monitor, Cheng Li discusses the personal ties and political considerations discernible in Xi's balancing act to reorganize and reshuffle leadership.

People shop at Xuzhen Supermarket which sells only empty products in Shanghai, China, April 13, 2016. According to local media, the Xuzhen Supermarket with the slogan "fill the void" selling only empty packages of products, opened on April 8 in Shanghai's Changning District, which was the first time this conceptual art project being taken into a real neighborhood in a city. The project was debuted in 2007 and were on show in several museums around the world. REUTERS/Stringer

What China’s food safety challenges mean for consumers, regulators, and the global economy

Lin Fu

China’s food safety woes are well-known. As the country transitions toward a consumer-oriented economy, addressing consumer safety concerns is an essential part of the puzzle for China, and also could prove to be critical for global economic stability.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen announces her election victory to the media at their party headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan January 16, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A new challenge for cross-Strait relations

Richard C. Bush III

Tsai Ing-wen will be inaugurated as the new president of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in less than four weeks. The big unknown as the rotation of power nears is whether she and Chinese leaders will be able to find a mutually acceptable way to sustain relations across the Taiwan Strait.


Employees work at a food processing factory in Yichang, Hubei province, January 17, 2016. Picture taken January 17. REUTERS/Stringer

Food safety in China: Regulatory revisions and consumer confidence

April 28, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

On April 28, the John L. Thornton China Center will host an event to explore the evolving landscape of China’s food safety policies, consumer responses and initiatives, and the implications for related industries. Clement Leung, Hong Kong’s commissioner for economic and trade affairs in the United States, will deliver the keynote address.


Yi Gang, Deputy Governor of the People's Bank of China with Ben Bernanke, former Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserves at the Brookings Institution

China and the global economy: A conversation with Yi Gang and Ben Bernanke

April 14, 2016

On April 14, the John L. Thornton China Center and the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy co-hosted a discussion examining challenges and opportunities facing the Chinese economy, as well as the financial and economic links between China and the world.

David Dollar, Constanze Stelzenmüller, Philippe Le Corre, Mireya Solís

China’s overseas investments in Europe and beyond

April 25, 2016

On April 25, 2016, the John L. Thornton China Center and the Center on the United States and Europe hosted the launch of "China’s Offensive in Europe" and discussed the trends, sectors, and target countries of Chinese investments in Europe and elsewhere.



Sluggish growth casts shadow over world economic outlook

April 17, 2016, Xinhua, David Dollar

U.S., Japan, and South Korea vow united stance on North Korea threats

March 31, 2016, Radio Free Asia, Jonathan D. Pollack

Xi-Obama bilateral talk to advance ties

March 31, 2016, China Daily, Cheng Li and Jeffrey A. Bader

U.S. experts express mixed views on future of cross-strait ties

March 30, 2016, Focus Taiwan, Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Richard C. Bush III


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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