Articles by: "Minxin Pei"
Why a US–China trade deal is not enough

As Chinese and American trade negotiators meet in Washington to try to forge an accord on trade, observers are largely focused on the countries’ economic disagreements, such as over China’s subsidies to its state-owned enterprises. …

China’s perilous Taiwan policy

The unfolding geopolitical contest between China and the United States has been described by many as a new cold war. If it ever becomes a hot one, the flashpoint could be Taiwan, owing in large …

Who’s afraid of China’s influence?

Since the Cold War ended, the West has invested huge amounts of resources in efforts to induce political liberalisation in China, including through programs to promote the rule of law, civil society, transparency and government …

The limits of China’s charm offensive

Over the past decade, China has taken an increasingly muscular approach to relations with East Asian countries. But in recent months—despite some hiccups in the South Pacific—it has surprised its neighbours with a charm offensive. …

Xi unbound

China has defied expectations yet again. President Xi Jinping, the chief of the Chinese Communist Party, was widely expected to face his toughest test so far in October, when the CCP convened its 19th National …

Xi Jinping’s year of living dangerously

It might seem ludicrous to suggest that Chinese President Xi Jinping, the country’s most powerful leader since Mao, will be in danger in 2017. But looks can be deceiving, and his consolidation of power may …