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Archive – October 2012

A recent future tense conference explored the future of innovation in China. Video here.
China's Foreign Policy: Who Makes It and How Is It Made? (Asan Institute for Policy Studies, 2012) tackles the issues of who makes China's foreign policy and how is it determined. It presents a selection of papers originally discussed at the 2011 Asan Conference in Seoul, gathering the views of a wide selection of Western, Chinese, and Korean scholars. The diversity of the papers makes the book a fascinating introduction to Chinese foreign policy. Princeton professor Thomas Christiansen
Less than a month after China officially commissioned the Liaoning, its first aircraft carrier, photos appearing to show aircraft operating over the carrier have raised a host of questions, including how long it might take for China to make the carrier fully operational.  Former CWP Fellow Andrew Erickson analyses this question. Full article here on the China RealTime Report (WSJ). 
Taylor Fravel, MIT Professor and former CWP Fellow, writes that China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently announced that Luo Zhaohui, Director-General of the Department of Asian Affairs, had made an unpublicized visit to Japan. The purpose of his trip was to prepare for the next round of talks over the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands at the vice ministerial level, similar to those held in late September. Professor Fravel proposes how China and Japan can enhance stability in the East China Sea
The National Committee on United States-China Relations will host the sixth annual CHINA Town Hall with the Honorable Gary Locke, US Ambassador to China, on October 29, 2012.  In addition to Ambassador Locke’s webcast, China specialists will give on-site presentations addressing topics of interest to the local community.  Ambassador Locke's presentation will be webcast live, more details here.
    Princeton University and Harvard University jointly founded the fellowship program for the advanced study of China’s international relations, the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program (CWP), in 2005. The program’s co-directors are Thomas J. Christensen of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Alastair Iain Johnston of Harvard’s Government Department. The China and the World Program supports research that integrat
Former CWP Fellow alumn Andrew Erickson writes on China's China’s first aircraft carrier, named Liaoning after the province in which it was refitted, in Foreign Policy.
Former CWP Fellow alumn Taylor Fravel writes on the ongoing situation in the East China Sea between China and Japan.  He analyses and gives an up-to-the-minute accounting of the recent dispute.
A dispute over five uninhabited islands in the East China Sea has inflamed tensions between China and Japan. Anti-Japanese protests, sanctioned by the government, have sprung up in numerous Chinese cities. Yinan He, Associate Professor at Seton Hall's John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations and a Visiting Fellow to the Woodrow Wilson School, talks about the rift and what’s at stake for the two economic superpowers in a radio interview with Chicago NPR.