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China Program Publications

Publications

Rigorous and timely scholarship on political, economic, social, and foreign policy challenges in China and U.S.-China relations for the academic community, foreign policy experts, and the interested public.

China Program faculty and fellows regularly author books, book chapters, and articles that appear in peer-reviewed academic journals and acclaimed scholarly and trade presses. We also share the outcomes of our research projects and the proceedings of our conferences, workshops, and policy outreach activities in monographs and other volumes that are disseminated through the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center’s publishing program jointly with Stanford University Press and the Brookings Institution. Browse our publications below.

 
3D mock cover of the book 'A Decade of Upheaval'

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'A Decade of Upheaval,' by Dong Guoqiang and Andrew Walder, chronicles the surprising and dramatic political conflicts of a rural Chinese county over the course of the Cultural Revolution.

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Journal Articles

Understanding the Challenge of China’s Rise: Fixing Conceptual Confusion about Intentions

Oriana Skylar Mastro
Journal of Chinese Political Science, 2022 June 13, 2022
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Book Chapters

Chinese Grand Strategy

Oriana Skylar Mastro
2022 March 2, 2022

In Strategy in the Contemporary World, edited by John Baylis, James J. Wirtz, and Jeannie L. Johnson, Oriana Skylar Mastro examines the evolution of Chinese grand strategy from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping, its drivers, and its implications.

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China’s Grand Strategy

Oriana Skylar Mastro
Asia Policy, 2022 January 27, 2022

Oriana Skylar Mastro reviews Rush Doshi’s book The Long Game: China’s Grand Strategy to Displace American Order (New York: Oxford University Press, 2021).

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Journal Articles

China’s Local Government Debt: The Grand Bargain

Jean C. Oi, Adam Y. Liu, Yi Zhang
The China Journal, 2022 January 20, 2022
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Book Chapters

Nuclear Deterrence and the US-China Strategic Relationship

Oriana Skylar Mastro
2021 December 14, 2021

From Alliances, Nuclear Weapons and Escalation: Managing Deterrence in the 21st Century, edited by Stephan Frühling and Andrew O’Neil, published 2021 by ANU Press, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

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Policy Briefs

Military Competition With China: Harder Than the Cold War?

Oriana Skylar Mastro
SMA Perspectives, 2021 September 30, 2021
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Book Chapters

The Wisdom and Efficacy of Engagement: Objectives, Assumptions, and Impacts

Thomas Fingar
2021 July 15, 2021

Chapter from Engaging China:Fifty Years of Sino-American Relations, Anne F. Thurston, ed. Columbia University Press

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Journal Articles

Chinese Bureaucracy Through Three Lenses: Weberian, Confucian, and Marchian

Xueguang Zhou
Management and Organization Review, 2021 June 25, 2021
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Journal Articles

Filtered Life

Matthew Kohrman
Public Culture , 2021 May 1, 2021

Air Purification, Gender, and Cigarettes in the People's Republic of China

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Books

A Decade of Upheaval

Dong Guoqiang, Andrew G. Walder
2021 February 23, 2021

The Cultural Revolution in Rural China

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Testimonies

The Precarious State of Cross-Strait Deterrence

Oriana Skylar Mastro
2021 February 18, 2021

Statement before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on “Deterring PRC Aggression Toward Taiwan”

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Journal Articles

The PLA’s Evolving Role in China’s South China Sea Strategy

Oriana Skylar Mastro, Oriana Skylar Mastro
China Leadership Monitor, 2020 December 1, 2020

During the past eight months of the global COVID pandemic, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been active in promoting China’s claims in the South China Sea.  This essay evaluates PLA statements, military exercises and operations, and deployment of relevant platforms and weapons in the South China Sea during this period. I leverage Chinese-language sources in addition to my own operational knowledge from over a decade of military experience to provide greater context for these activities.

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Journal Articles

Generating a Violent Insurgency

Andrew G. Walder, James Chu
American Journal of Sociology, 2020 July 9, 2020

 China’s Factional Warfare of 1967–1968

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Commentary

After COVID-19: Rebooting Business in China

Jennifer Choo, Jean C. Oi, Christopher Thomas, Xue (Xander) Wu
2020 July 7, 2020

To explore how business leaders and entrepreneurs in China responded to the COVID-19 lockdown and how they’re planning for the future, the China Program conducted a survey in coordination with the Stanford Center at Peking University and Stanford Business School alumni Christopher Thomas and Xue (Xander) Wu.

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疫情之后: 企业的重振与美中​经济​关系前景

Jennifer Choo, Jean C. Oi, Christopher Thomas, Xue (Xander) Wu
2020 July 7, 2020

To explore how business leaders and entrepreneurs in China responded to the COVID-19 lockdown and how they’re planning for the future, the China Program conducted a survey in coordination with the Stanford Center at Peking University and Stanford Business School alumni Christopher Thomas and Xue (Xander) Wu.

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Books

Fateful Decisions: Choices That Will Shape China's Future

Jean C. Oi, Thomas Fingar
2020 May 1, 2020
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Journal Articles

China’s Challenges: Now It Gets Much Harder

Thomas Fingar, Jean C. Oi
The Washington Quarterly, 2020 March 19, 2020

The easy phases of China’s quest for wealth and power are over. After forty years, every one of a set of favorable conditions has diminished or vanished, and China’s future, neither inevitable nor immutable, will be shaped by the policy choices of party leaders facing at least eleven difficult challenges, including the novel coronavirus. 

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Books

Agents of Disorder: Inside China's Cultural Revolution

Andrew G. Walder, Andrew G. Walder
2019 October 8, 2019

By May 1966, just seventeen years after its founding, the People’s Republic of China had become one of the most powerfully centralized states in modern history. But that summer everything changed. Mao Zedong called for students to attack intellectuals and officials who allegedly lacked commitment to revolutionary principles. Rebels responded by toppling local governments across the country, ushering in nearly two years of conflict that in places came close to civil war and resulted in nearly 1.6 million dead.

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Journal Articles

Forty Years of Formal—but Not yet Normal—Relations

Thomas Fingar
China International Strategy Review, 2019 May 28, 2019

Ties between individuals and institutions in the United States and the People’s Republic of China have become broader, deeper, and stronger during the four decades since the establishment of formal diplomatic relations in 1979 and the relationship can no longer be described as fragile. However, it also cannot yet be considered a normal relationship, at least not from the perspective of American citizens, companies, and commentators on international affairs. The relationship between the two largest economies and military powers has many asymmetries.

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