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China-US Relations In The Eyes Of The Chinese Communist Party: An Insider’s Perspective | 中共眼中的中美关系一个局內人的观点

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Since the opening of diplomatic relations with China in 1972, the American strategy of engagement, however well intentioned, has been deeply naïve. While accepting America’s efforts to facilitate their country’s modernization, China’s leaders have worked to restrict any liberal effects on their political system. Now that China is strong, the Chinese Communist Party no longer believes that it must accommodate American concerns about its human rights record, military modernization, and foreign policy.

自从1972年打开中美外交关系的大门,无论愿望多么良好,但美国的接触政策却是非常的天真。中国领导人在接受美国帮助,努力促进本国现代化的同时,严厉限制自由主义对中国政治制度的任何影响。现在中国已经强大了,中共认为不需要再在乎美国对中国的人权记录、军队现代化和外交政策的看法了。

Reflections On U.S.-China Relations

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Remarks by Hoover Distinguished Visiting Fellow Matt Pottinger on the great-power competition between the United States and China, the rising risks for Western businesses in China, and the strategic pitfalls the West must avoid. 

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Elizabeth Economy On China’s Communist Party-State Under Xi Jinping | Episode 2101

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Hoover senior fellow, Elizbeth Economy discusses the structure of the Chinese party-state, and Xi Jinping's populist appeal.

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The Rise Of Digital Authoritarianism Conference: China, AI And Human Rights | Day 4

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Friday, October 9, 2020

The 4th day of The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism: China, AI, & Human Rights Conference featured a keynote address by Audrey Tang, Digital Minister, Taiwan and a panel discussion on "How Democracies Should Respond to China's Emergence as an AI Superpower." And a Closing Keynote & Conversation with Fei-Fei Li | Co-Director, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) on Strengthening Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.

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The Rise Of Digital Authoritarianism: China, AI, & Human Rights | Day 3

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The 3rd day of  The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism: China, AI, & Human Rights Conference featured a keynote address by Mike Brown, Director, Defense Innovation Unit, and a panel discussion on "China as an Emerging Global AI Superpower." 

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The Rise Of Digital Authoritarianism: China, AI, & Human Rights | Day 2

via Hoover Daily Report
Thursday, October 1, 2020

The 2nd day of The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism: China, AI, & Human Rights Conference featured a keynote address by Eric Schmidt, former executive chairman and CEO, Google and Cofounder, Schmidt Futures and a panel discussion on "The Ethics of Doing Business with China and Chinese Companies." 

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The Rise Of Digital Authoritarianism: China, AI, & Human Rights | Day 1

via Hoover Daily Report
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The 1st day of The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism: China, AI, & Human Rights Conference featured opening remarks by Condoleezza Rice, director of the Hoover Institution and a panel discussion on "How AI is powering China's Domestic Surveillance State How is AI exacerbating surveillance risks and enabling digital authoritarianism?" This session will examine both state-sponsored applications and Chinese commercial services.

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Global Engagement: Rethinking Risk In The Research Enterprise

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Neither the US government nor the universities and national laboratories in the US research enterprise are adequately managing the risks posed by research engagements with foreign entities. The task is quite simply falling through the cracks. Data with which to assess the performance of current frameworks for managing foreign engagement risk, to identify their defects, and to devise proportionate fixes is consequently in short supply. Dueling narratives have filled this evidentiary vacuum, pitting some who propose incremental adjustments against others who call for far-reaching change. Without a common set of facts to anchor the debate, consensus has proven elusive. This report offers a way forward.

Telling China’s Story: The Chinese Communist Party’s Campaign To Shape Global Narratives

by Glenn Tiffert, Renee DiResta, Carly Miller, Vanessa Molter, John Pomfretvia Analysis
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Well-resourced countries have demonstrated sophisticated abilities to carry out influence operations in both traditional and social media ecosystems simultaneously. Russia, China, Iran, and a swath of other nation-states control media properties with significant audiences, often with reach far beyond their borders. They have also been implicated in social media company takedowns of accounts and pages that are manipulative either by virtue of the fake accounts and suspicious domains involved, or by way of coordinated distribution tactics to drive attention to certain content or to create the perception that a particular narrative is extremely popular.

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The End Of China’s “Peaceful Rise”

by Larry Diamondvia American Interest
Friday, July 17, 2020

Two generations of American scholars held out hope that China would become “a responsible stakeholder.” In 2020, those hopes have been dashed.

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The Hoover Institution’s Project on China’s Global Sharp Power has released a new essay by Cai Xia, a dissident and former professor at the Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), that presents an insider’s account of the CCP’s historical world view and reveals the current perspective of Beijing’s leaders about their relationship with the United States. The essay is being published in an English and Chinese bilingual edition.

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Assistant Secretary Of State David Stilwell Explains Current US Strategy For Countering China’s Covert, Coercive, And Corrupting Influence Operations

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For far too long, China has exploited the freedom and openness that define the United States and other democracies. Now is the time for the free world to engage Beijing on the basis of reciprocity, argued David Stilwell, US assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific affairs, in remarks during a virtual conversation on October 30 copresented by Hoover’s project on China’s Global Sharp Power and the Asia Society’s Center on US-China Relations.

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The End Of "One Country, Two Systems" And The Future Of Freedom In Hong Kong

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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The Hoover Project on China’s Global Sharp Power held an event on The End of "One Country, Two Systems" and The Future of Freedom in Hong Kong with Victoria Tin-bor Hu, University of Notre Dame, and Nathan Law, Democracy Activist. Watch the discussion

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China’s rapid accumulation and projection of power on the world stage confronts the world’s democracies and open societies with serious challenges. Beyond the breathtaking modernization and enlargement of the People’s Liberation Army, and its increasingly aggressive and expansionist deployment in the Indo-Pacific region, there is the more subtle—but by no means benign— expansion of China’s “sharp power.”

This is not the “hard” military power or economic coercion that leads to war and conquest. Neither is it the soft power that wins friends and influences societies transparently, through the diffusion of ideas, symbols, values, and cultural achievements. Rather, sharp power burrows deeply and deceptively into the soft tissues of democracies, seeking to subvert and sway them through methods that are, in the now paradigmatic words of former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, “covert, coercive, or corrupting.”

We favor diverse engagements with China, but a balanced and vigilant relationship with it requires that its global sharp power activities be understood and exposed; that political and civic actors in open societies be educated to recognize and resist them; that countries mobilize whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches to counter them; and that the democracies of the world share information and cooperate to meet this existential challenge.

If freedom is to be defended globally, then government leaders, politicians, journalists, and civil society activists must understand how China’s Communist party-state operates in the shadows to shape and control information flows, bully governments and corporations, infiltrate and corrupt political systems, and disrupt and debase civic institutions to make the world safe for autocracy.

The Hoover Institution’s project on China’s Global Sharp Power (CGSP) aims to advance these vital missions. Its research will track, document, and evaluate China’s sharp power activities at the sub-national, national and transnational levels. It will engage scholars and policy experts not only within the Hoover Institution and the broader Stanford University community, but from around the world. Through its research and global partnerships, the project will produce papers, lectures, conferences, workshops, publications, and web-accessible resources to educate opinion leaders and policymakers about the nature and scope of China’s sharp power operations, so that they can craft effective responses, tailored to their circumstances. As always, the first line of defense is knowledge.


Larry Diamond is the chair of the China Global Sharp Power Project (CGSP) and is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University. He is also professor, by courtesy, of political science and sociology at Stanford. He leads the Hoover Institution’s programs on China’s Global Sharp Power and on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region.  At FSI, he leads the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, based at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, which he directed for more than six years.  He also coleads (with Eileen Donahoe) the Global Digital Policy Incubator based at FSI’s Cyber Policy Center.

 

Glenn Tiffert manages the Hoover project on China’s Global Sharp Power (CGSP) and is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a historian of modern China. He also manages the project on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region. A contributor to the 2018 Hoover Report China's Influence and American Interests, he has worked closely with government and civil society partners to document and build resilience against authoritarian interference with democratic institutions.