Maya Mirchandani interviews former additional secretary in the cabinet secretariat and president of the Centre for China Analysis and Strategy Jayadeva Ranade about his new book, ‘Xi Jinping’s China’.
Visiting Seoul last week, Trump warned North Korea he was prepared to use the full range of US military power to stop any attack, but also urged Pyongyang to “make a deal.”
China has repeatedly pushed for a diplomatic solution to the nuclear crisis, but in recent months has had only limited high-level exchanges with North Korea.
The comments echo Xi’s call to support a “multilateral trading system” and contrast with those delivered at the weekend by US President Donald Trump.
Donald Trump was speaking alongside Xi Jinping in the Chinese capital to announce the signing of about $250 billion in commercial deals between US and Chinese firms.
After Typhoon Damrey’s winds tore off roofs, felled trees and ripped up electricity poles, heavy rains brought floods to central Vietnam just days before the region is due to host the APEC summit of Asia-Pacific leaders.
Xi has grown more powerful since their last meeting, while Trump is under a political cloud after his former campaign manager was indicted.
Xi on Wednesday unveiled a new senior leadership at the end of the twice-a-decade congress, with new members appointed to the three elite party bodies that run China.
The Congress ended with the insertion of the ‘Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese characteristics for a New Era’ into the Party constitution, confirming Xi as the most powerful Chinese leader since Deng Xiaoping.
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s vast “Belt and Road” infrastructure project was unexpectedly included in the ruling Communist Party’s constitution on Tuesday, giving it greater policy heft and added pressure to succeed.
Xi, in a brief address, thanked the national and international media for working hard in reporting about the Congress.
China’s ruling Communist Party enshrined President Xi Jinping’s political thought into its constitution on Tuesday.
One of the most significant outcomes of the Communist Party of China’s 19th congress is the importance given to “constitutionality review”.
Considering his predecessors’ political ideas were merely mentioned as “theories” and that, too, without their name, this is a major signal of Xi’s authority over the party and China.
In the last five years, Xi has established unprecedented control over the party and the government. But this also means his mistakes and missteps have been magnified.
China considers proudly democratic Taiwan to be a wayward province and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control.
Xi Jinping has a keen understanding of the importance of reform. This is likely to serve him well.
“One of the important points that was made during the meeting was that peace and tranquillity in the border areas was a prerequisite for further development of our relationship,” the Indian foreign secretary said.
President Xi’s comments came hours after President Trump warned North Korea that the US military was “locked and loaded”.
Andrew Small, an expert on China and its relations with Pakistan and the US discusses the wider context to the ongoing standoff at Doklam.
While acknowledging that India has reduced troops at Doklam, China has released a 15-page document on the current stand off.
At the event, also attended by Bhutan’s ambassador to India, a senior Chinese military officer said there were “new complexities” in China’s ties with India.
This is the second time in three days that Xi spoke of China’s People’s Liberation Army’s capability to thwart invasions.
The elevation of Chen Miner is a sign the president is flexing his political muscles as he manoeuvres to line up a new Politburo Standing Committee.
The death of Liu Xiaobo is both an occasion to mourn a man who fought for democracy and one to think about the nature of protest and dissent.
Past indelicacies put aside, the pair met for over an hour and a half, and had “substantive discussions” about joint action on North Korea and trade issues.
Although they discussed a “range of issues”, it remains unclear if the current stand-off at Bhutan’s Doklam region was discussed.
China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for past 19 days after a Chinese Army’s construction party attempted to build a road.
The Wire spoke to experts about whether a major border incident between the two countries was expected and how India should deal with the situation since it involves ally Bhutan.
The ship sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam in an operation meant to challenge the competing claims of all three nations.
Chinese President Xi Jinping hopes the US can handle the Taiwan issue in accordance with the “one China” principle, he told US President Donald Trump on Monday.
Xi warned that challenging the mainland’s authority was “impermissible” and that the city should crack down on moves towards “Hong Kong independence” .
Trump said the US was renegotiating what he characterised as a “rough” trade deal with South Korea and reiterated that an era of “strategic patience” over North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs had ended.
Hong Kong police had arrested pro-democracy protesters, including student protest leader Joshua Wong, but released them on the eve of President Xi’s visit meant to mark 20 years of the handover.
India’s challenge to China is about nuclear status – the relationship that each country has to the key institutions and central players of the global non-proliferation order.
Trump is reportedly frustrated by China’s inaction over North Korea and bilateral trade and is contemplating imposing tariffs on them among other measures.
A Pew research indicated than an overwhelming majority of people from other countries have no confidence in Donald Trump’s ability to lead.
China’s foreign ministry regularly says that Beijing is doing all that it can with regard to North Korea by implementing United Nations Security Council sanctions, while also pushing for greater dialogue to reduce tensions.
President Xi Jinping’s visit to the former colonial city comes at a time when many Hong Kong residents see increasing Chinese interference in city affairs.
For long, South-EastAsian countries have protested Chinese aggressions in the naval region, while a distracted White House shows tepid commitment to back them.