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The Limits of CCP Liaison Work: Sino-Vietnamese Relations

David Gitter and Elsa Kania

The PRC has fully leveraged its relative receptiveness to communist liaison work, carried out through CCP Central Committee’s International Department (CCP/ID). With Sino-Vietnamese tensions in mind, party-to-party exchanges have provided a more subtle channel for rapprochement. This party-centric dimension of diplomacy between China and Vietnam has received relatively scarce analytical attention thus far but remains active and important elements of the People's Republic of China's (PRC) pursuit of its foreign policy interests. CCP diplomacy has focused on appealing to the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam's (CPV) shared revolutionary heritage and socialist ideology, emphasizing the need to protect the overall special relationship that both countries supposedly enjoy.

The People's Republic of China and Burma: Not Only Pauk-Phaw

Bertil Lintner

Pauk-Phaw was a term coined in the 1950s to describe the supposedly friendly and close relationship between the People's Republic of China (PRC) and Burma. But despite such diplomatic niceties, relations between China and Burma have not always been especially cordial. China, a vast, mainly inland, empire, has always looked for outlets to the sea for its land-locked western and southwestern provinces. China will not easily give up its hard-won access to the Indian Ocean and Burma’s strategic importance to Beijing cannot be overestimated. As China sees it, it cannot simply “hand over” Burma to the West. The country is far too important strategically and economically to the PRC for that to happen.

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Insight #60:20 Years Later: Reevaluating the Taiwan Policy Review

Insight #59:Inscribing the Tiananmen Massacre on UNESCO's Memory of the World

Insight #58:Taiwan's Anti-Invasion Strategy: Elevating Defense Capabilities from Crisis to Wartime

Insight #57:Shifting Russian-PRC Relations and its Implications for Mongolian Foreign Policy

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Challenges Facing Taiwan in the South China Sea

Ian Easton

The People's Republic of China (PRC) has been able to exploit the fundamentally flawed bilateral relationship between Washington and Taipei to convince many observers that Taiwan has no positive role to play in the South China Sea. This paper will examine the many challenges facing Taiwan in the South China Sea. It will first lay out some of the reasons why the South China Sea matters to Taiwan's interests. Next, it will assess the PRC threat to Taiwanese interests at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of analysis. Finally, the paper will conclude with an outline of areas where the U.S. and Taiwan could cooperate to impose costs on PRC expansionism and better ensure regional peace and stability.

Reaching the Limits: China as a Responsible Stakeholde

John Lee

Given the U.S.-China economic relationship and China's importance in Asia, America's temptation is to seek a comprehensive cooperative framework to perpetuate its leadership and "tame" a rising China in order to promote stability in the region. Increasing economic interdependence does create common interests, and structured dialogues can reduce misunderstanding. But as Asia's preeminent power and civilization for all but 200 of the past 3,000 years, China is too big, proud, and independently minded for America to "tame" or "manage." Washington cannot hope to decisively determine the endgame for an authoritarian China-in which the CCP, leading a country of 1.4 billion people, will choose to become a "responsible stakeholder" within a U.S.-led order.

Strategic Standoff: The U.S.-China Rivalry and Taiwan

Ian Easton

The CCP views Taiwan as a grave threat to its grip on power. Consequently, the People's Liberation Army (PLA), which is the armed wing of the CCP, considers the invasion of Taiwan to be its most critical mission. Getting the strategic competition with China right will ultimately help America secure unprecedented levels of prosperity, freedom, and stability for all Pacific nations by the century's midpoint.

WATCH CONFERENCE (Mar 30): China's Fault Lines: Challenges, Instability, and Response
WATCH CONFERENCE (Feb 27): 1984 with Chinese Characteristics: How China Rewrites History
WATCH CONFERENCE (Dec 13): Going Ballistic: The Taiwan Strait Crisis at 20
"China Has Its Own Problems With History" on the Diplomat by Randall Schriver, Project 2049 President/CEO.


17-001: Getting the U.S.-China Relationship Right


16-002: Taiwan, Submarines, and Competitive Strategies for U.S.-China Competition



Challenges for the PLAN in the Western Pacific

16-001: The Nature of China's Rise and Why It Matters to the U.S. and Japan: A Japanese Perspective


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