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> FPC Briefing – The Coming Storm: US-China Relations Under Trump

By Dr Chris Ogden .

FPC Senior Associate Dr Chris Ogden sets out some of the political and strategic challenges facing US-China relations ahead of the coming Trump Presidency.

According to Dr Ogden both during and after the 2016 US presidential elections, China featured significantly in the campaign of eventual victor Donald Trump. In the President-elect's eyes Beijing is Washington's most dangerous strategic competitor that threatens the US's ability to control and lead the world. Following on from his victory, Trump has continued to directly condemn China, and has in many ways accelerated his attacks on Beijing. In doing so, the new American leader appears to be at best questioning, and at worst shattering, several of the key understandings that were thought to have underpinned US-China relations, which serves to suggest that the world's two largest economies are entering a stormy period.

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> Chinese Expansion in Central Asia: Problems and Perspectives

By Dr Catherine Owen.

Over the past two decades, China has been slowly but substantially increasing its presence in Central Asia. Most recently, it has initiated the ambitious new project, the Silk Road Economic Belt, which aims to connect Chinese and European markets via Central Asia. Having surpassed Russia as Central Asia's largest trading partner in 2009, China has invested billions into the economically ailing region and is the largest creditor to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

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> FPC Briefing: Seven geo-political challenges facing China

By Dr Matthew Funaiole.

This FPC Briefing by Matthew Funaiole examines seven of the key current geopolitical challenges currently facing China. Issues covered include the ambiguous regional order, the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands, the North Korean nuclear weapons program, cross strait relations with Taiwan, energy reserves in the South China Sea, domestic separatist movements in Xinjiang and Tibet, and the challenges of energy security and climate change.

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> Europe in the World: Can EU foreign policy make an impact?

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Adam Hug (Ed.)

February 2013 Hard copy: £4.95, plus £1 p+p.

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The Foreign Policy Centre's new publication, Europe in the World: Can EU foreign policy make an impact?, examines both how Europe is seen on the world stage and the effectiveness of the new External Action Service in delivering on its key objectives: building an effective new diplomatic service, strengthening EU influence in the neighbourhood and developing relations with strategic partners. It explores the institutional and organisational challenges surrounding the creation of the EEAS and considers what tensions remain with other EU institutions and national governments, with particular reference to the UK's difficult relationship with Europe.

Europe in the World is edited by Adam Hug (Foreign Policy Centre). It contains contributions on a range of topics and different perspectives from: Dr. Jozef Batora (Comenius University), Thiago de Aragão (Foreign Policy Centre), William Gumede (Foreign Policy Centre), Jacqueline Hale (Open Society Foundations), Richard Howitt MEP, Stefan Lehne (Carnegie Europe), Dr. Simon Lightfoot and Dr Balazs Szent-Ivanyi (University of Leeds), Prof. Anand Menon (Kings College London), Rt. Hon. Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG, QC, MP, Edward Macmillan-Scott MEP, Prof. John Peterson (University of Edinburgh), Dr. Neil Winn (University of Leeds). Rt. Hon. Douglas Alexander MP (Shadow Foreign Secretary) provides the foreword.

The findings of the Europe in the World publication have been extensively referenced in the UK Government's Review of the Balance of Competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union: Foreign Policy paper.


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> Brand China

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Joshua Cooper Ramo

Supported by Hill & Knowlton

February 2007

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In this new report, from the author of the widely discussed paper 'The Beijing Consensus', Ramo argues that China's national image, and the misalignment between China's image of itself and how it is viewed by the rest of the world, may be its greatest strategic threat. It argues that alongside its other reforms, China needs a 'fifth transition' if the trust and understanding necessary for the next stage of its development are to be achieved.

This paper has been kindly supported by Hill & Knowlton.


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> China's Secret Weapon? Science Policy and Global Power

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Christopher J Forster

April 2006

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Preface by Lord Charles Powell of Bayswater

The Wall Street Journal reported recently how foreign-invested R&D centres in China have almost quadrupled to 750 over the last four years. The Foreign Policy Centre report bears this out with statistics showing that China is now ranked third in the world for total R&D spending. It estimates that by 2010 China will have the same number of science and engineering graduates as the United States. The idea that China is a sweat-shop economy is very dated. Instead it is a growing challenge to the previously comfortable technological lead of the Western countries.

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> The China Model — The Chinese Way in World Politics

October 2007

In October, The Foreign Policy Centre and the All Party Parliamentary China Group presented a seminar on The China Model-the Chinese Way in World Politics. The speaker at this event was Professor Pan Wei from Peking University.

Following the success of this event and the high number of enquires received, a transcript of Professor Wei's speech can now be found on our website by accessing the link below.

About the Event

From the "Beijing Consensus" to the "China Model". Three years ago, the Foreign Policy Centre published one of its most influential pamphlets—The Beijing Consensus by Joshua Ramo. Professor Pan Wei of Peking University presented at the FPC a Chinese view of what a China model in world politics might be in the future. It is based on a research project he has just completed with other Chinese scholars. And it is the first time the research findings are presented outside China. Professor Pan spoke about how a superpower China will likely behave in foreign policy and domestic politics and what that may mean for the world.

About The Speaker

Professor Pan Wei obtained his PhD from UC Berkeley. He is one of China's most original and influential thinkers on Chinese politics and foreign policy. His works on "consultative democracy"—the idea that China can have a distinctive form of democracy different from the Western liberal one—has attracted increased attention at home and abroad. His researches on China's rural reform and social values have also been influential. Most recently he has been collaborating with Hong Kong scholars on the "China model" to examine what a superpower China might look like.

For more details, contact feng.zhang[at]fpc.org.uk

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> FPC hosts Zheng Bijian, leading Chinese policy strategist

Zheng Bijian

Between 14th and 16th December, the Foreign Policy Centre hosted the visit of Mr Zheng Bijian, Chairman of the China Reform Forum and Mr Li Junru, Vice President of the Central Party School, for a programme of meetings with leading UK politicians, officials, business people, journalists and thinkers. Sessions included a speech, held with the 48 Group in association with the Centre for European Reform and Standard Chartered, on 'China's peaceful rise', meetings with the Deputy Prime Minister, senior Downing Street, Treasury and FCO officials, the Shadow Foreign Secretary and the Lord Mayor, and a special hearing of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. Zheng Bijian is the former Executive Vice-President of the Central Party School of the CPC, the thinker behind 'China's peaceful rise' theory and a close associate of President Hu Jintao.

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> "China and Globalisation"- EU-UK-China Policy Dialogue

State Councillor Tang Jiaxuan (inside left) and Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott (inside right) open discussions

Foreign Policy Centre and Centre for European Reform

The Foreign Policy Centre, in conjunction with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and the CER, hosted a half-day seminar in London to coincide with the State visit of Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China. Leading the final discussions of the day, Chinese State Councillor Tang Jiaxuan and British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott emphasised both the impressive deepening of ties between the United Kingdom and China and the potential for more extensive future cooperation in tackling key global issues, including climate change and energy consumption.

A group of leading intellectuals from CASS engaged in open and spirited discussion with a broad field of British and European thinkers, business people and policymakers on issues ranging from Iran to the G8, from energy security to global economic balances.


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