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Portrait of Oriana Skylar Mastro with text "Recipeint of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada 2022-23 John H. McArthur Research Fellowship"

Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro Awarded 2022-23 John H. McArthur Research Fellowship

News / October 28, 2022
The fellowship, established by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, recognizes Mastro’s exceptional scholarly contributions in the fields of Chinese military, Asia-Pacific security, war termination, and coercive diplomacy.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping waves during a meeting.

China’s Xi Expands Power at Party Congress: Commentary Roundup

News / October 26, 2022
With Xi at the helm for a third term, we should expect to see a more assertive China and more turbulence in the regional and global order, say APARC Director Gi-Wook Shin and Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro. They offer their assessments of the outcomes of the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party and its implications for China’s trajectory and U.S.-China relations.
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South Korean soldiers participate in a river crossing exercise with U.S. soldiers.

Striking the Right Balance: What South Korea Can Do to Enhance Deterrence in the Taiwan Strait

News / October 25, 2022
Despite obstacles and risks, there are good reasons why South Korea should want to increase deterrence against China. In a new article, Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro and co-author Sungmin Cho chart an optimal strategy for Seoul to navigate the U.S.-China rivalry and support efforts to defend Taiwan.
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U.S. President Joe Biden hosts a Quad Leaders Summit at the White House.

New Essay Collection Examines Minilateral Deterrence in the Indo-Pacific

News / October 24, 2022
A new Asia Policy roundtable considers whether and how minilateral groupings, such as the Quad and AUKUS, can deter coercion and aggression in the Indo-Pacific. The roundtable co-editor is APARC South Asia Research Scholar Arzan Tarapore, and it opens with an essay by Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping is applauded by senior members of the government and delegates.

In China, Xi Jinping Is Getting an Unprecedented Third Term. What Should the World Expect?

Commentary / October 20, 2022
Xi's plans are long term and unlikely to shift, but he can now be more aggressive than before in their pursuit.
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Emily Feng speaking at the 2022 Shorenstein Journalism Award.

Shorenstein Journalism Award Winner Emily Feng Examines the Consequences of China’s Information Void and the Future of China Reporting

News / October 17, 2022
The challenges facing foreign correspondents in China are forcing the West to reconfigure its understanding of the country, creating opacity that breeds suspicion and mistrust, says Emily Feng, NPR’s Beijing correspondent and recipient of the 2022 Shorenstein Journalism Award. But China seems to want the appearance of foreign media coverage without getting to the heart of what happens in the country.
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Trans-Pacific Sustainability Dialogue flyer.

The Ban Ki-moon Foundation and Stanford’s Asia-Pacific Research Center Launch Trans-Pacific Sustainability Dialogue

News / October 12, 2022
The Trans-Pacific Sustainability Dialogue convenes social science researchers and scientists from Stanford University and across the Asia-Pacific region, alongside student leaders, policymakers, and practitioners, to generate new research and policy partnerships to accelerate the implementation of the United Nations-adopted Sustainable Development Goals. The inaugural Dialogue will be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on October 27 and 28, 2022.
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Stanford campus archway and text about call for applications for APARC 2023-24 fellowships

APARC Invites Fall 2023 Asia Studies Fellowship Applications

News / September 1, 2022
The Center offers a suite of fellowships for Asia researchers to begin fall quarter 2023. These include postdoctoral fellowships on contemporary Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, inaugural postdoctoral fellowships and visiting scholar positions with the newly launched Stanford Next Asia Policy Lab, and fellowships for experts on Southeast Asia.
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Chinese soldier in Beijing

Assessing China’s Conventional and Unconventional Challenges to U.S. National Security

News / August 25, 2022
Providing a focused analysis of the challenges China poses to U.S. interests, Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro offers readers a means to identify and understand the various strategic threats presented by the superpower on the rise.
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Chinese soldier

China Hasn’t Reached the Peak of Its Power

Commentary / August 22, 2022
Why Beijing can afford to bide Its time
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A Taiwanese F-5 fighter jet is seen after taking off from Chihhang Air Base on August 06, 2022 in Taitung, Taiwan.

China’s Huge Exercises Around Taiwan Were a Rehearsal, Not a Signal, Says Oriana Skylar Mastro

Commentary / August 10, 2022
Nancy Pelosi’s visit was more pretext than provocation.
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Nancy Pelosi and Tsai Ing-wen

Military Capabilities, Not Commitment, at Stake in Taiwan: Oriana Skylar Mastro Examines Fallout From Pelosi's Visit

News / August 4, 2022
Political maneuvers like Speaker Pelosi's visit to Taiwan only anger Beijing but ultimately do not address the key issue of whether the United States has the military capabilities needed to protect Taiwan, argues Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro.
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Guam Navy base

Frontline Guam: Strategic Deterrence in the Westernmost U.S. Territory

News / July 27, 2022
Expanding upon classic deterrence strategies, Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro proposes an underutilized path to deterrence in which Guam — a remote U.S. outpost that has become a strategic hub as tensions with China rise — would remain a crucial logistical waypoint, even in the face of potential Chinese missile attack.
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Two US Navy members guide an air-cushioned landing craft into a port on a naval base,

Assessing U.S. Force Posture in a Taiwan Contingency

Q&As / July 25, 2022
Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro talks to the Center For Advanced China Research about the risk of Chinese attacks on U.S. military bases in Asia at the outset of a Taiwan conflict, the likelihood of Japanese or NATO involvement in a war over Taiwan, the downsides of focusing on communicating resolve to defend Taiwan, whether the United States is “outgunned” by China, and more.
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Collage of the Independence Monument in Kyiv and the Beijing skyline.

Deciphering China's Ukraine Calculus

News / June 24, 2022
China’s rhetoric and actions toward Ukraine are shaped by domestic politics and prior decisions about protecting its national interests and finding opportunities in the crisis, says Shorenstein APARC Fellow Thomas Fingar.
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Shipping containers on a boat in China

Special Connections for Common Coffers: How Patron-Client Relationships Help China Fulfill Its Revenue Imperative

News / June 22, 2022
Understanding the complex connections between the Chinese state and favored private firms is important for scholars and experts who wish to examine China’s corporate restructuring. In a new study, researchers including APARC’s Jean Oi trace the political connections between the state and firms and address the puzzle of why China continues to favor its remaining SOEs even when they are less profitable.
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Government building in China

Problems with Revisionism: A Conceptual Framework for Assessing Chinese Intentions

News / June 15, 2022
Deciphering China’s intentions is a pressing task for U.S. scholars and policymakers, yet there is a lack of consensus about what China plans to accomplish. In a new study that reviews the existing English and Chinese language literature on intentions and revisionism, Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro offers five propositions to allow for a more productive and data-driven approach to understanding Beijing’s intentions.
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Putin and Xi

Oksenberg Conference Panelists Discuss Origins and Implications of Sino-Russian “Friendship without Limits”

News / June 8, 2022
Three weeks before Russian troops invaded Ukraine, China and Russia announced that their 2019 “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership of Coordination in a New Era” had been upgraded to a “friendship without limits.” Chinese, Russian, and third country commentators used even more inflated rhetoric to describe the relationship and predict its implications for the United States, the liberal order, and Taiwan. APARC’s 2022 Oksenberg Conference examined the origins, objectives, and implications of the much-vaunted relationship.
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Honor guards prepare to raise the Taiwan flag in the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall square.

Biden Says We’ve Got Taiwan’s Back. But Do We?

Commentary / May 31, 2022
Many will applaud Mr. Biden for standing up for democratic Taiwan in the face of Chinese threats. But he could be putting the island in greater danger, and the United States may not be able to come to the rescue.
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Benxi steel plant

Next Steps in U.S.-China Climate Cooperation

Commentary / April 29, 2022
There are multiple, concreate areas for constructive cooperation between the United States and China as they tackle growing environmental challenges.
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Portrait of Emily Feng with text about her winning the 2022 Shorenstein Journalism Award.

NPR's Beijing Correspondent Emily Feng Wins 2022 Shorenstein Journalism Award

News / April 26, 2022
Feng, whose compelling and bold reporting has amplified the voices of Chinese citizens amid rapidly deteriorating press freedom in the country, is the recipient of the 21st Shorenstein Journalism Award.
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Vladamir Putin and Xi Jinping shake hands.

Beijing Is Used to Learning from Russian Failures

Commentary / April 19, 2022
The invasion of Ukraine is offering useful lessons for the PLA.
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Tongtong Zhang

Predoctoral Fellow Spotlight: Tongtong Zhang Examines Channels for Public Deliberation in China

Q&As / April 12, 2022
Political Scientist and APARC Predoctoral Fellow Tongtong Zhang explores how the Chinese Communist Party maintains control through various forms of political communication.
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Unpacking the Crisis in Xinjiang: James Millward on China's Assimilationist Policies and U.S.-China Engagement

News / March 24, 2022
APARC Visiting Scholar James Millward discusses PRC ethnicity policy, China's crackdown on Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang province, and the implications of the Xinjiang crisis for U.S. China strategy and China's international relations.
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Putin and Xi

An Uncomfortable Friendship: Understanding China’s Position on the Russia-Ukraine War and Its Implications for Great Power Competition

Commentary / March 21, 2022
On WBUR’s "On Point" and Fox 2 KTVU, Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro shares insights about China's alignment with Russia and the worldwide implications of its calculus on Ukraine.
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