Party factions around Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin are marginalized and those in the driver’s seat are much closer to Xi personally or had a role in shaping or promoting his major concepts and initiatives, from the “Belt and Road” to the “China Dream.”. Related to Trump’s aggressive stance on trade was the Japanese prime minister’s more convincing rapprochement to China, after the timid gestures in 2017. By reporting to journalists after meeting with Xi, Abe declared: «From competition to coexistence, Japanese and Chinese bilateral relations have entered a new phase», adding that he wanted «to carve out a new era for China and Japan». For more information on China’s new imagined international system see Bradley A. Thayer & John M. Friend, ‘The World According to China’, The Diplomat, 3 October 2018. Here are 4 things to know’, The Washington Post, 2 July 2018. Among these last, four are recognized as candidates to membership (Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia), while Bosnia and Herzegovina is officially recognized as potential candidate, Sarajevo having submitted a membership application. [108], But the majority of frictions were to be found in the perceived aggressiveness of the BRI, since the vast majority of BRI projects in the CEE region remained firmly in the hands of Chinese leaders and companies. Interestingly, they each presented new features as compared to previous editions. This was evident by the lively debate unleashed on social media by the intervention of the well-known economist Jeffrey Sachs. ‘China-US Relations: What’s Next?’, The Diplomat, 5 October 2018; ‘Mike Pence accuses China of meddling in US elections despite lack of evidence’, The Guardian, 4 October 2018. Among those countries was Sri Lanka, which in December 2017 transferred the control of Hambantota port, built using Chinese loans, to China Merchants Port Holdings, a state-owned port operator. 89. Emily Rauhala, ‘North Korea leader meets with Chinese president’s during «unofficial visit» to Beijing’, The Washington Post, 27 March 2018. China will establish an online system to manage and regulate foreign investment, which should streamline business management and communication with the government. In 2018, as China’s Belt and Road Initiative turned five years old, it continued to develop and become more widespread and to growing criticism. BUSINESS & TECH. The Government’s Statement of Foreign Policy 2018 Published 14 February 2018. July 26, 2018. Furthermore, they have the potential to derail China’s carefully-laid long term plans for achieving its national «dream». This process was begun by Xi Jinping when he came to power and was confirmed by the 19th Party Congress (October 2017), and later by the annual session of the National People’s Congress (NPC), in March 2018. 95. But the propaganda storm began soon after he became president in 2013, Xi having used the term numerous times in his first address to the nation as head of state on 17 March. In so doing the leadership was sending a clear message, namely that the party alone controlled China’s foreign affairs and that it would not tolerate policies or actions that might compromise China’s efforts to become a global power by 2049, the centenary of the PRC. Keegan Helmer, ‘US economist Jeffrey Sachs retreats from Twitter after criticising US’ treatment of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’, South China Morning Post, 1 January 2019. Sutirtho Patranobis, ‘Wuhan Summit highlights: Narendra Modi invites Xi Jinping to India for informal summit in 2019’, Hindustantimes, 28 April 2018. Xuan Loc Doan, ‘China’s contradictions over the Korean Peninsula Issue’, Asia Times, 16 May 2018. See also Brahma Chellaney, ‘China’s debt trap diplomacy’, Project Syndicate, 23 January 2018. The UAE has officially approved a Sinopharm vaccine, while there are promising unofficial results from Sinovac’s Indonesia trial. ‘Xi says China will continue to support free trade’, Xinhuanet, 10 April 2018. ... named in a 2018 … 43. Indeed, China was at the centre of a trade war unleashed by Donald Trump’s administration which went far beyond any commercial issues. At the same time, views on the BRI grew increasingly polarized, not only between countries, but also within them. Jane Perlez, ‘Kim Jong-un returns to China, this time with leverage’, The New York Times, 18 June 2018. 61. On previous visits by North Korean leaders, including those of Kim Jong Un’ father and grandfather, the visits were not announced until after they had left the country and were on their way home. China emerged as a major economic, diplomatic, and military power during the critical decade from 2008 to 2018. Little wonder that some observers interpreted his opening speech at the 19th Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s Congress as confirmation of the end of the era of low profile, and the beginning of a new one characterized by greater self-confidence, increasing objectives and an unequivocal desire to occupy a global leadership position together with the United States and other major powers. Dorcas Wong & Alexander Chipman Koty, ‘The US-China Trade War: A Timeline’, China Briefing, 10 January 2019. Lesley Wroughton & Patricia Zengerle, ‘U.S. One of the most interesting consequences of the China-US trade war was the thawing in relations between China and Japan. South Korea's government is banking on AI as part of its post-COVID recovery. China-North Korea: the long-awaited renewal of the brotherhood alliance, In 2018 Sino-North Korean relations underwent major changes, the most striking of which related to the North Korean leader’s repeated visits to China. Ben Blanchard, ‘China says not putting pressure on Taiwan’s last Africa ally’, Reuters, 1 September 2018. Charlotte Gao, ‘Amid US-China Tensions, Xi and Abe to Meet in Beijing’, The Diplomat, 24 October 2018; 92. [30] A symbolic aspect of that success is the fact that after Burkina Faso cut ties with Taiwan, at the end of May, [31] there remained only one country which failed to recognize the Republic of China (ROC), namely the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). Washington imposed three rounds of tariffs on Chinese products, totaling US$ 250 billion worth of goods. 58. The move was highly criticized by both China and South Korea. ‘Apec summit: Pence warns Indo-Pacific region against China’s debt diplomacy, says US offers «better option»’, The Straits Times, 17 November 2018. The Beidaihe meeting – held annually in the resort town in Hebei province – is where China’s leaders and elders from earlier generations meet in an informal setting in summer time for closed-door discussions that will set the tone for major domestic issues. Jan Weidenfeld, ‘China’s Europe Policy Poses a Challenge to EU Cohesion’, The Diplomat, 16 August 2018. For his part, the Chinese president stated that the two neighbours had to move in a «new historic direction» by working together at a time of growing global «instability and uncertainty». ‘Transcript: President Xi Addresses the 2018 Boao Forum for Asia in Hain- an’, US-China Perception Monitor, 11 April 2018. On 14 February, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström presented the 2018 Statement of Foreign Policy in the Riksdag. Will the Biden administration finally end the U.S. presence in Afghanistan? That said, a more coordinated foreign policy could prove to be a great advantage not only for Beijing, but also for its diplomatic counterparts, since it would help eliminate the conflicting messages resulting from the presence of a multitude of actors, reduce the instances of diplomatic misun- derstanding and thus assure a better comprehension of the Chinese system. "The Internet and social media’s arrival in the region have led to unprecedented levels of grassroots activism across societies.". [8], As for the reshuffle of government and party institutions, it involved the upgrade of four Central Leading Small Groups (中央领导小组) – including the one for Foreign Affairs – to the rank of commissions (委员会), with the aim of strengthening the authority of the Communist Party and improving policy coordination across the departments. Ryan Pickrell, ‘A Chinese warship reportedly threatened a US Navy destroyer in the South China Sea’, Business Insider, 4 November 2018. Cynthia Miller-Idriss. 118. In its new demeanour – which can be summarized in the new concept of «great power diplomacy with Chinese characteristics» (中国特色大国外 交) – China hosted three key global events, namely the annual conference of the Boao Forum for Asia, the 18th edition of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and the 7th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). 288-290. Although it is not entirely clear whether Xi Jinping was referring to the present Western liberal order created by the US and its allies, or to a new international order anchored to China’s ambitions, culture and desires, his refer- ence to the promotion of a «community of shared future for mankind for the benefit of all people in the world», induces observers to believe he was referring to the latter. Interestingly, concern for the global economy caused by the unilateral US trade moves, especially its growing protectionist measures and trade aggression, favoured the revival of the long-stalled China-Japan-South Korea FTA talks, as well as improving relations between Beijing and Tokyo. In his opening speech Xi Jinping called for enhancement of the Party’s centralized and unified leadership on foreign affairs and pledged to continue promoting the BRI – which in the meantime had been included in the party constitution and identified with the «China Dream.»[12] In particular, Xi called for a correct understanding and dealing with the changes of the current international situation, and to forge ahead in opening up new prospects of «major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics», so as to make a greater contribution to the realization of the two centenary goals and the Chinese dream of great national renewal.[13]. [54] Previous reports had suggested Xi Jinping would travel to Pyongyang to meet with Kim Jong Un in what would have been the fourth summit between the two leaders in 2018, and the first visit by a Chinese leader to North Korea in over a decade. The best books we reviewed in 2018. Scott Snyder & See-won Byun, ‘China’s Multiple Roles in the Korean Dra- ma’, Comparative Connections, vol. [4], In order to sustain this new more visible and strong profile in foreign relations, the Chinese leadership undertook a process of centralizing foreign policy-making, giving Xi Jinping and the CCP greater control to «provide strong support for opening new horizons in China’s diplomacy» ( 为开创对外工作新局面提供坚强保障). ‘U.S. Available also in pdf – Download Pdf In 2018, China’s foreign relations were dominated by the centralization of its foreign policy-making, designed to strengthen the hold of the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese president himself on the decision-making system. Despite the banality and rhetoric of the title – «A Shared Dream, A Shared Future» (同心筑梦命运与共) – the video was a compilation of the many activities that China pursues in Africa on different levels, and in many ways is emblematic of China’s definitive success on the continent. Daniel Hurst, ‘From Japan, US VP Denounces «Authoritarianism and Aggression»’, The Diplomat, 16 November 2018. [100] Although it was not new for a US president to push NATO members to spend more on defence, nonetheless the harshness and frequency of Trump’s attacks were without precedent. All the commissions were put under the chair of Xi Jinping, while the other members of the Politburo Standing Committee served as his deputy. 商务部新闻办公室 (Ministry of Commerce Press Office), ‘商务部新闻发言人 就美国对340亿美元中国产品加征关税发表谈话’ (‘Ministry of Commerce spokesper-son speaks on US tariffs on US$ 34 billion in Chinese products’), 6 July 2018. 63. Read More. 22. 49. Pierre Haski, ‘Face à Trump, la Chine est-elle un ami ou un ennemi de l’Europe?’, L’Obs, 22 juillet 2018. 25. At the same time, the BRI has been enlarging its geographical scope by shifting its focus from the historic Silk Road region to the entire globe. [67], In the midst of growing trade tensions, other factors contributed to further deteriorate bilateral relations. 110. On June 30, 2020, China’s national legislature passed a new national security law (NSL) for Hong Kong. 67. 40. At the same time many countries pursued bilateral trade deals; among them China accelerated FTA talks with the EU, New Zealand,[88] while Japan signed a trade agreement with the EU. Unsurprisingly, India was the only member state that did not endorse the BRI programme, as revealed in the «Qingdao Declaration», which named all member states, except one, as «reiterating support for China’s BRI» project. Feng Zhaokui discusses the broader points of a 2011 whitepaper on “China’s Peaceful Development” – specifically the need to make address regional “hotspot” issues like the Diaoyu islands conflict with Japan. This was in line with the positive tone that characterized bilateral relations in the final phases of 2017. [93], In other words, while for Beijing the meeting was about pacifying its neighbourhood so that it could concentrate on challenges coming from the US, for Tokyo it was an important occasion to recalibrate Sino-Japanese relations, focusing on deepening economic exchanges while putting aside political problems. 108. [80], After dinner, both presidents appeared satisfied with their «highly successful meeting». sanctions China for buying Russian fighter jets, missiles’, Reuters, 20 September 2018. Amid COVID-19, Pakistani journalists are looking for training to help them counter misinformation and stay safe while reporting. In addition, there is a list of FTAs under consideration. [111], The Ambassadors’ report was intended to be presented during the China-EU summit in July, but reportedly it was not. Rob Price & Troy Wolverton, ‘Canada arrested Huawei’s CFO, and the US is seeking to extradite her,’ Business Insider, 5 December 2018. On paper, the main achievement of the summit was a Chinese agreement that the World Trade Organization had to be reformed if it was to survive the «Trumpian times». [40], Kim Jong Un’s three visits in less than three months – the first in Beijing on March 27-28, the second in Dalian on May 8, following the inter-Korean summit of 27 April, and again in Beijing on June 19-20, in the aftermath of the historical Singapore summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump – were of great symbolic significance for Beijing, and Xi Jinping in particular. As a result, China's foreign policy has become more active and dynamic. 6. [71] It should be noted that those flights came just a few weeks after a showdown between a Chinese destroyer and a US navy warship near the Spratly Islands. How has Xi Jinping remade China’s foreign policy apparatus? At the same time, however, China appeared occupied in the exercise of its diplomacy of great power with Chinese characteristics, both at home – hosting three major global events – and internationally – playing a central role in the peace process that took place on the Korean peninsula. The charges include bank fraud, obstruction of justice, and theft of technology. In a break from previous speeches, Xi no longer mentioned “nonalignment” with or “noninterference” in other countries. 2. Click here to subscribe for full access. In 2018, China’s foreign relations were dominated by the centralization of its foreign policy-making, designed to strengthen the hold of the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese president himself on the decision-making system. According to Xinhua, in the year under review Beijing signed 123 cooperation documents on BRI development with 105 countries (in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the South Pacific region) and 26 similar documents with 29 international organizations.[113]. In this regard, according to Lankov, Kim Jong Un was turning out to be a «very good diplomat». But while China appears as a sensible partner in times of a fraying transatlantic relationship in some areas, Beijing’s expanding foreign policy reach increasingly puts Europe and European unity to the test (to be discussed in part 6 of this series). In fact, analysts agreed that Kim went to China to brief Xi on the Singapore summit, seek economic assistance, as well as show respect and deference to Beijing, which for its part was eager to underline its crucial role in talks between Pyongyang, Washington and Seoul. The new Politburo Standing Committee members Wang Huning and Wang Yang, as well as the new Politburo member Yang Jiechi, had been deputy leaders of the BRI “leading group” since 2014. 121. POLICY BRIEF SEPTEMBER 2018 ... years in policy toward China, with old assumptions being questioned, and in some cases, jettisoned. [27] Another two meetings took place on the sidelines of major events, in addition to the SCO, such as the BRICS summit in Johannesburg in July, and the G-20 in Buenos Aires at the end of November. The most surprising, and unexpected one, was the sudden rapprochement between Beijing and Pyongyang, symbolized by the North Korean leader’s frequent visits to China – three in less than three months – which marked the end of the never-ending speculation concerning the state of the brotherhood alliance between the two countries and Beijing’s weak grip on its ally. 20, no. However, the project risked collapse as Podgorica’s debt was expected to approach 80 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by the end of 2018. This book provides a unique perspective to understand Chinese foreign policy during this decade by examining continuities and changes in both internal and external factors that have shaped China's … Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivers an address at the Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs held in Beijing, capital of China, on June 22-23, 2018. 97. Chinese foreign policy under Xi Jinping. [5], The process started with the establishment of an unprecedented National Security Commission (NSC), in April 2014, chaired by Xi, aimed at solving the coordination problems of both domestic and foreign policy decision-making. Washington has long viewed Huawei and its close ties to the Chinese government as a threat to national security and the US has been investigating Huawei for possible violations of UN sanctions on Iran. [3] Again in his speech at the conference celebrating the 40 years of «reform and opening-up» (改革开放) on 18 December 2018, Xi Jinping declared in a very straight forward way that «No one is in a position to dictate to the Chinese people what should or should not be done». 51, September 2010. for Us, China International Development Cooperation Agency. Reflecting our belief that the Chinese-American partnership is the most important bilateral relationship in the world, we produce close examinations of the events that shape the foreign policies of these countries. Most probably the Chinese leadership had reached its decision to issue the invitation at the beginning of March after the surprise announcement that the US president would meet Kim Jong Un to discuss Pyongyang denuclearization; Beijing risked possible marginalization in what were likely to be historical talks. American Chamber of Commerce China 2018 American Business in China White Paper: ... can at any time use competition law to promote China’s industrial policy goals by targeting foreign firms to limit competition. 21 October 2018. Modi also specified that his country welcomed new connectivity projects «that are inclusive, sustainable, transparent, and those that respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations», adding that «connectivity with SCO and neighbours is a priority for India». In 2018 the continuation of this process was reflected both in the changes of the foreign policy leadership team as defined at the 19th Party Congress and confirmed during the annual session of the NPC in March 2018, and in the upgrade of the Central Leading Small Group on Foreign Affairs (中央外事工作领导小组), headed by Xi, to Central Foreign Affairs Commission (外事委员会). 62. Mark Landler & Jane Perlez, ‘At Stake When Xi and Trump Meet: The Possibility of a New Cold War’, The New York Times, 30 November 2018. and China Call Truce in Trade War’, The New York Times, 1 December 2018. Mark Landler & Jane Perlez, ‘At Stake When Xi and Trump Meet: The Possibility of a New Cold War’, The New York Times, 30 November 2018. The new Politburo Standing Committee members Wang Huning and Wang Yang, and the new Politburo member Yang Jiechi, had been deputy leaders of the BRI leading group since 2014; Wang Huning, being one of the top political theorists, was also supposed to be behind the concept of the «China Dream». [32] Speaking at a news briefing, China’s special envoy for Africa, Xu Jinghu, said that the issue of Eswatini and its lack of ties to Beijing was «an important question», but it was up to them to take the initiative. Cheng 2016 offers an overall framework of Chinese foreign policy before examining important bilateral ties and significant challenges, while Qu and Zhong 2018 chronicles China’s diplomatic strategies since the 1980s to cope with complicated and changing international situations. «On this issue we won’t exert any pressure. Interestingly, at 2018’s summit, China mentioned neither the market-economy topic nor the issue of the arms embargo.[102]. Share on Facebook. This is part 1. It is useful to underline that the Central Leading Small Group on Foreign Affairs was set up in its present form at the beginning of the 1980s with the precise goal of coordinating China’s often disjointed foreign policy. [73], The prevailing mood at the G20 Summit in Argentina was tense, especially considering the open hostility between the two parties during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea (17-18 November), where Mike Pence warned countries in the Indo-Pacific region not to fall into the trap of Chinese debt diplomacy, instead encouraging them to choose «the better option» of American development financing. 45. Francesca Congiu, ‘China 2018: Bringing the Party back into State Institutions’. 50. There is a risk of a ‘new Cold War’ between the United States and China. 73. The region will remain on the Chinese radar for the foreseeable future. [46] At the same time Xi expressed China’s willingness «to continue to work with all relevant parties and play an active role in comprehensively advancing the process of peaceful resolution of the peninsula issue through dialogue, and realizing long-term peace and stability in the region». [39] The meetings between the Chinese and North Korean leaders not only reinvigorated bilateral relations but underscored the necessity of respecting China’s interests and role vis-à-vis the Korean Peninsula. The factions close to former leaders Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin were largely marginalized, while the personnel appointments to top foreign policy-making positions were all closely linked with the Chinese president and his major concepts and initiatives. China emerged as a major economic, diplomatic, and military power during the critical decade from 2008 to 2018. The rise of China's military power represents one of the most complex and pressing foreign policy concerns confronting the next US President. The unprecedented designation threatens to generate frictions with an important U.S. partner in Southeast Asia. A further step in the consolidation of the renovated Sino-North Korean strategic ties involved Li Zhanshu, chairman of the NPC, who attended the 70th anniversary celebration of the DPRK’s founding in Pyongyang in September, as Xi‘s special representative. On the other hand, the US president gave assurance of China’s inclusion in the formal replacement of the armistice with a Korean peace treaty.[52]. After assuming the leadership of the Party in 2012 and of the state in 2013, Xi left no doubt that he saw the shifting global environment and the relative decline of U.S. power as a strategic window for China to increase its global influence. [60] Put another way, considering the long history of scepticism and tension between the two sides, they could be considered at least «partners of convenience». ‘China’s mammoth Belt and Road Initiative could increase debt risk for 8 countries’. Scott Snyder & See-won Byun, ‘China’s Multiple Roles in the Korean Drama’, p. 85. Wang Cong, ‘Chaos caused by US trade aggression spurs faster regional FTA talks’, The Global Times, 19 September 2018. 98-100. Abe reported that the Japan-China relationship had «return to normal track». The Chinese state press agency Xinhua reported that during the encounter Xi referred to Kim as 你, while Kim referred to Xi as 您. Addressing the forum, Kim Jeongil, director general of the FTA Policy Bureau at South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, stated that the world was witnessing growing trade protectionism, which created urgency for completing talks on the China-Japan-South Korea FTA and other multilateral trade pacts. This article argues that the key question is whether China is about to change its approach to foreign policy, one which has enabled its “peaceful rise” in recent decades. Here are five books to understand the year better – and what the future may hold. ... Our relations with China are extensive. The law establishes four broad ... 2018. This became clear at the high-level Central Conference on Work relating to Foreign Affairs on June 22 and 23, 2018. ‘Xi stresses centralized, unified leadership of CPC Central Committee over foreign affairs’, China Daily, 15 May 2018. China U.S. Foreign Policy The Best of 2018. 26. [18] It is worth quoting the International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Cristine Lagarde’s comments: «Xi’s speech added certainty and hope to the world today, and the world needs leadership like China». For the list of China’s FTA agreements see the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at http://fta.mofcom.gov.cn/english/index.shtml. [65] Despite its brevity – it ended with a «90-day truce» signed in Buenos Aires by the two countries’ presidents on the sidelines of the G20[66] – it risked damaging the global economy. This agreement served to enhance bilateral ties strained by historical animosity as well as the dispute concerning ownership of islets in the East China Sea. ‘Portugal Officially Joins the Belt and Road Initiative’, Executive Intelligence Review, 5 December 2018. 55. But the «real» war started at the beginning of July and was aimed in the eyes of the American president at resolving some long-standing issues that went far beyond trade imbalances with the PRC. For seven years the two allies never met. Since then the concept has been widely disseminated in official statements, becoming an integral part of the political ideology of Xi Jinping. Japan was aware that despite the security concerns, the country’s return to economic growth had been in part fueled by the Chinese economy’s growth, and that any sustained economic growth in Japan would necessarily include more, not less, trade and engagement with China. The same Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been troubled for a long time by its inability to behave coherently due to the presence of a «cacophony of voices», i.e. In the last few years China has intensified its efforts to build a global trade network with greater use of FTAs in order to diversify its markets and counter protectionism. [11] Xi Jinping was revealed as its head, Premier Li Keqiang its deputy head, while Vice President Wang Qishan (CCP’s former anti-corruption chief), Wang Huning, and Vice Premier Han Zheng were included in its membership. 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