Our take on the ideas, issues and trends affecting China in the 21st century.

Leadership Politics

Barry Naughton, "What the Heck is China’s ‘Third Plenum’ and Why Should You Care?" Nov. 1, 2013, ChinaFile

Susan Shirk, "Can China’s leaders harness support for change?" Oct. 23, 2013, East Asia Forum

Susan Shirk, "China’s Next Leaders: A Guide to What’s at Stake," Nov. 13, 2012, ChinaFile

Susan Shirk, “China's Leadership Transition: Implications for China's Domestic Development and External Relations” (video), Nov. 1, 2012, IR/PS, UC San Diego

Susan Shirk, “Power Shift in China,” April 20, 2012, Yale Global Online

Barry Naughton, "Reading the NPC: Post-Crisis Economic Dilemmas of the Chinese Leadership," May 11, 2010, China Leadership Monitor

Business, Finance and Economy

"Reform Agenda in Turmoil: Can Policy-makers Regain the Initiative?"
Sept. 9, 2015 | By Barry Naughton | China Leadership Monitor

"Can Xi Jinping Turn China’s Economy Around?"
July 29, 2015 | By Victor Shih and others | ChinaFile

"Local Debt Restructuring: A Case of Ongoing Authoritarian Reform"
July 14, 2015 | By Barry Naughton | China Leadership Monitor

"Why Obama’s key trade deal with Asia would actually be good for American workers"
March 12, 2015 | By Gordon Hanson and others | The Washington Post

Political Economy

Society and Law

Foreign Policy and U.S.-China Relations

"What to expect from the Xi Jinping State Visit?"
By Victor Shih, Susan Shirk, Tai Ming Cheung, Barry Naughton and Junjie Zhang

What is the source of China's international prestige and influence?
August 2016 | China Power/CSIS with Susan Shirk

“U.S.-China relations: an update”
July 6, 2016 | By Ian Driscoll | Insight Magazine by American Chamber of Commerce with Susan Shirk

"Tension Before the Talks" (subscription required)
Sept. 17, 2015 | By Susan Shirk | The Wall Street Journal

"Did the Game Just Change in the South China Sea? (And What Should the U.S. Do About It?),"
May 29, 2015 | By Yanmei Xie, Andrew S. Erickson, Susan Shirk and Jerome A. Cohen | ChinaFile

"What China’s Lack of Transparency Means for U.S. Policy"
May 28, 2015 | By Susan Shirk | ChinaFile

"The Devil is in the Footnotes: On Reading Michael Pillsbury’s The Hundred-­‐Year Marathon" (PDF)
Feb. 23, 2015 | By Jude Blanchette

China’s Territorial Disputes
June 2014 | Audio interview with Susan Shirk

Military and Defense

Environment and Climate Change