CSR Blog: Corruption and the Death Penalty in China: Political Win v. Criminal Law Development

By Yaxiang Liu and Grace Faerber On January 5th, China and the world were shocked when Lai Xiaomin (赖小民), former chairman of the state-controlled financial giant China Huarong Asset Management Corp. and vice minister-level Chinese Communist Party (CCP) cadre, was given a death sentence for pocketing bribes of approximately 1.8 billion RMB (just under $278 …

CSR Blog: Quiet Storm: Taiwan’s COVID-19 Outbreak, Mapping the Pandemic in a Democracy

By Nicholas A. Henderson In late 2019, when news broke of a novel coronavirus spreading in Wuhan, China, Taiwan’s government deployed their rapid response plan. Taiwan, an island of 24 million people, had learned from the SARS epidemic of 2003 and wasted no time in becoming the first to employ mobile phones for tracking infected …

CSR Blog: China’s “Guerrilla Warfare” Trade Policy and the Emerging WTO Credibility Crisis

By Zhuoran Li China’s admission to the WTO is one of the most significant events in the 21st century world economy. After engaging in 15 years of onerous negotiation and facing the most rigorous entrance requirements, China joined the WTO in 2001. Beijing used the admission as an external push to accelerate domestic economic reforms. …

CSR Blog: China’s Vertical Nuclear Proliferation – A short history

By Natalie Craig In October 1964, the People’s Republic of China tested its first nuclear bomb, forever shifting the balance of power in Asia. The Chinese people persisted and struggled forward to build up their nuclear program, coupled with a “no first use” (NFU) policy announced by Zhou Enlai the same year the bomb was …

CSR Blog: China’s Western Horizon: Interview with Professor Daniel Markey

By Jacob Larsen Daniel Markey is a senior research professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He also serves as the academic director of the Johns Hopkins SAIS Global Policy Program. Dr. Markey’s latest book, China’s Western Horizon: Beijing and the New Geopolitics of Eurasia (Oxford University Press, 2020), assesses the …