Friday Reads

#1 - Chinese National Security Decision-making: Processes and Challenges (Brookings)

The Brookings Institution's Yun Sun just came out with a new report. Here's the introduction:

In the Chinese context, the definition of “national security” is significantly different from that in the United States. For the American policy community, the term “national security” usually refers to the country’s external national security interests and threats. The responsibility for coordinating national security affairs lies primarily with the National Security Council. In China’s case, the term “national security” encompasses both domestic/internal and foreign/external security and, therefore, has a much broader connotation. This paper is primarily focused on the external dimensions of China’s national security. There are many overlapping aspects between China’s national security policy and its foreign policy, as the latter also serves to protect China’s national security interests. However, because national security also covers military security, national defense, economic security and other non-traditional security challenges, the framework and coverage is broader than with foreign policy.

#2 - China Reaches Out to India on Afghanistan (CSIS)

Commentary by CSIS's Harsh V. Pant on the recent meeting between India and China regarding the future of Afghanistan after withdrawal of the West.

#3 - China's Victim Complex (CNAS)

Although [the Beijing defense white paper] innocuously notes that the United States is "adjusting its Asia-Pacific security strategy," it goes on to suggest: "Some country [read: the United States] has strengthened its Asia-Pacific military alliances, expanded its military presence in the region, and frequently makes the situation there tenser." This argument is frequently heard in China and regularly devolves into conspiracy theories about how Washington has been pushing and prodding its allies to challenge Beijing. Senior Chinese officials claim, even in private, that the United States masterminded a number of actions against China in the region, including Burma's September 2011 suspension of the corruption-ridden Chinese-sponsored Myitsone Dam project; the Philippines' April 2012 decision to detain illegal Chinese fishermen near Scarborough Shoal, which both countries claim; and the former Tokyo governor's April 2012 announcement that he intended to purchase three Senkaku Islands, which the Chinese claim as their own and call the Diaoyu Islands, from a private Japanese citizen. 

#4 - How to Build a New Type of Great Power Relationship (US-China Focus)

Before reading this, I would recommend also reading Yang Jiemian's (President of Shanghai Institute for International Studies) China's Vision of New Type of Major Power Relations with US.