What's SPF China Observer?

 It has been said that the so-called “rise of China” has created structural stress at the international system level. During the Belt and Road Summit held in May 2017, President Xi Jinping behaved as if China was the standard-bearer of free trade. It was a stark contrast to President Donald Trump’s “America First.”
 China is trying to design international economic rules on its own. The United States probably realizes that China is trying to challenge the international order led by the US up until now. In its National Defense Strategy released on January 19, 2018, the United States Department of Defense placed competition with China and Russia as a top priority. It was a change in policy from the fight against terrorism that has been a priority for the past 15 years.
 However, what are the top priorities for China? Is China trying to challenge the United States to rebuild the international order? The fact is, simply observing China’s behavior on an international level cannot accurately answer these questions. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held on October 18, 2017 was conscious of the need to bolster the power of the Communist Party of China and showed a renewed awareness toward strengthening control of the Party and society.
 Knowing the state of China’s domestic politics, society, and the economy helps understand the meaning of its foreign diplomacy and security policy. This understanding should be useful for Japan when it thinks about how to respond to China.
 This “SPF China Observer” offers a study of contemporary Chinese politics, economics, society, diplomacy and security by Chinese experts in Japan. We hope that it helps readers better understand China.

Core Project Members

Director (quality check)

Director (editorial)

  • Bonji Ohara

    Senior Fellow, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Contents
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No.15 2019/04/10

Xi Jinping around Trump’s Little Finger ― Cautious attitudes toward the US emerging from the governmental activity report at the National People’s Congress ―

Kazuyuki Suwa (Professor, School of International Relations, University of Shizuoka)

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No.14 2019/04/03

China’s Macroeconomic Policy in 2019 as Seen in the Government Work Report

Osamu Tanaka (China Research Exchange Advisor, Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Finance)

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No.13 2019/01/07

Discussions in China Regarding Xi Jinping’s Major Power Diplomacy

Ichiro Inoue (Professor, Graduate School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University)

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No.12 2018/12/27

Current Status of the Chinese Economy—December 2018—

Osamu Tanaka (China Research Exchange Advisor, Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Finance)

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No.11 2018/12/27

Party and State Institutional Reforms in China and Strengthening Presidential Power

Kazuyuki Suwa (Professor, School of International Relations, University of Shizuoka)

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No.10 2018/08/19

China’s Preparations to Rival the United States

Ichiro Inoue (Professor, Graduate School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University)

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No.9 2018/08/12

The Current State of China’s Economy

Osamu Tanaka (Project Professor, Nara Prefectural University)

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No.7 2018/08/10

The convening of the Central Diplomatic Affairs Commission and the Practice of Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy

Kazuyuki Suwa (Professor, School of International Relations, University of Shizuoka)

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No.6 2018/06/12

Will the Xi Jinping Administration’s Uncompromising Urban Redevelopment Project Succeed? “Urban villages” (villages in the city) = The fate of lawless zones absent of “citizens”

Tomoko Ako (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo)

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No.5 2018/06/11

The Centralization of Power and the Rule of Law in “New Era” China

Jun Konno (Associate Professor, Gakushuin Women’s College)

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No.4 2018/05/07

The Strengthening Diplomatic System in the Second Term of the Xi Jinping Administration

Ichiro Inoue (Professor, Graduate School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University)

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No.3 2018/04/10

The Meaning Xi Jinping’s “New Era” from the Standpoint of Security

Bonji Ohara (Senior Fellow, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation)

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No.2 2018/03/05

The Myitsone “Dam” Today
China’s peripheral diplomacy as seen from Sino-Myanmar relations

Kazuyuki Suwa (Professor, University of Shizuoka)

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No.1 2018/03/05

Xi Jinping Economic Thought and Economic Policy in 2018

Osamu Tanaka (China Research Exchange Advisor, Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Finance)

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