Philippines paving the way toward a new Quad (February 28, 2023, Asia Times)
Barely a year into office, the new Filipino president has defied his critics and surprised traditional allies by discarding his predecessor Rodrigo Duterte’s pro-Beijing and pro-Moscow strategic orientation.
A glimmer of hope for North Korea in 2023 (February 13, 2023, Asia Times)
Without sanctions relief or major humanitarian assistance, the best hope for improved livelihoods in North Korea rests with a resumption of border trade with China, accompanied by a return to market-favorable measures at home. The end of China’s “zero-Covid” measures offers some hope amid the dark clouds that continue to hang over the Korean Peninsula.
How to Read Xi’s Muscular Message on China’s Global Role (March 17, 2023, Council on Foreign Relations)
Xi Jinping used the annual legislative session to lock in his tenure as president and reinforce China’s assertive foreign policy and the reemergence of its economy. area. In 2007, authorities initially accused Alim of using his business to “infiltrate” Christian ideology into Kashgar.
Explainer: what is China’s ‘two sessions’ gathering, and why does it matter? (March 1, 2023, The Guardian)
The event is called the “two sessions” because both the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) hold their annual meetings separately, but at the same time. The CPPCC is an advisory body, and the 3,000-member NPC is the CCP’s legislative body, but is largely a “rubber stamping” parliament.
China declares 'decisive victory' over COVID-19 (February 16, 2023, Reuters)
China's top leaders declared a "decisive victory" over COVID-19, claiming the world's lowest fatality rate, although experts have questioned Beijing's data as the coronovirus tore across the country after largely being kept at bay for three years. China abruptly ended its zero-COVID policy in early December, with 80% of its 1.4 billion population becoming infected, a prominent government scientist said last month.
Where Is China’s Politics Headed in 2023? (February 9, 2023, The Diplomat)
But now that COVID-19 and Party Congress issues are largely resolved, will 2023 be a less turbulent year for politics in China? One certainty is that policymakers can now focus their attention on non-COVID-19-related issues.
Straying off Course: A Spy Balloon Q&A with John Delury (February 3, 2023, China File)
On the evening of Friday February 3, about one day after news broke that a large balloon from China was surveilling the skies over Montana, ChinaFile’s Susan Jakes spoke with historian John Delury, whose recently published book, Agents of Subversion: The Fate of John T. Downey and the CIA’s Covert War in China, centers around a U.S. spy plane downed in China during the Korean War. Delury spoke from his home in Seoul and Jakes was in Washington, D.C.
Podcast: Xi Jinping’s Charm Offensive in Southeast Asia (January 19, 2023, China File)
In this episode of the China in the World podcast, Paul Haenle speaks with Hoang Thi Ha, Senior Fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, about Xi’s recent diplomacy, China-ASEAN relations, U.S.-China competition in Southeast Asia, and environmental issues in the Mekong subregion.
Why Xi Jinping Reversed His Zero-Covid Policy in China (January 4, 2022, The Wall Street Journal) (subscription required)
A wave of protests coupled with urgent pleas from many corners of the government finally prodded the leader to scrap the strict lockdown system he had touted throughout the pandemic.
Russia and China unite for live-fire naval exercises in waters near Japan (December 19, 2022, CNN)
China and Russia will begin a weeklong joint live-fire naval exercise in the East China Sea on Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, as the two partners step up cooperation in an increasingly tense western Pacific.