How China’s latest government overhaul is shaping up, and what it says about the Communist Party’s priorities

by William Zheng at Since taking the helm of the Communist Party in 2012, President Xi Jinping has constantly been overhauling China’s massive system of state and party organs to reflect Beijing’s shifting priorities. In the latest restructuring plan, rolled out in the spring of 2023, Beijing moved to assert more direct party control over a […]

China does not want ‘new cold war’ with the US, but Donald Trump’s return may intensify ‘tit-for-tat strategy’: analyst

by Kawala Xie at China and the US are unlikely to engage in an ideological or proxy war, but their geopolitical rivalry may intensify if Donald Trump returns to the White House, a noted Chinese analyst has said. Yan Xuetong, dean of the Institute of International Relations at China’s premier Tsinghua University, said Beijing wants to […]

California-China Climate Institute Partners with Newsom Administration on Successful Climate-Focused Trip to China

November 06, 2023 via The California-China Climate Institute is celebrating the Newsom Administration’s successful trip to China, which we helped to plan and support. The trip focused on delivering real climate action and creating opportunities for future collaboration and cooperation. “The U.S. and China have many differences, but we share a common threat that can only be […]

Can Starbucks coffee improve China-US ties? Cui Tiankai urges Howard Schultz to try

by Cyril Ip at A former Chinese envoy to the United States urged US coffee chain Starbucks to promote exchanges between the two countries, saying the company could “play a positive role in advancing [bilateral ties]”. Cui Tiankai, Beijing’s longest-serving ambassador to Washington, made the call in a meeting with former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz at […]

China’s former anti-terrorism chief Liu Yuejin under investigation for corruption

by Phoebe Zhang at China’s first counterterrorism commissioner, Liu Yuejin, has been placed under investigation on suspicion of corruption as part of an ongoing drive targeting the security sector. Liu, 65, who also served as assistant minister of public security, is suspected of “serious violations of party discipline and law” – the usual euphemism […]

‘Two sessions’ 2024: China ‘all about the party’s leadership’ as it gets more control over cabinet

by William Zheng at The legislature on Monday passed a revised law giving the Communist Party more control over the State Council, China’s cabinet – a move experts say marks an end to any separation of power between the party and state. On the final day of the annual legislative session in Beijing, lawmakers approved the amended […]

China’s Xi Jinping issues hi-tech military call in push for integrated armed forces

via President Xi Jinping has called on the Chinese military to step up hi-tech integration of the armed forces, a drive that observers say will be vital to joint operations. At a meeting of military deputies to the top legislature on Thursday, Xi said the People’s Liberation Army should “comprehensively improve strategic capabilities in emerging areas”. He said […]