This Occasional Paper explores China's Maritime Silk Road in economic and political terms, its maritime routes, its key destinations and example projects, and its potential strategic implications for the UK
Chinese President Xi Jinping's decision to remove a constitutional provision limiting his term in office may have little practical impact on who is already one of the Chinese Communist Party's strongest leaders in history. Still, the decision tells us a great deal about Xi's long-term intentions, but also about resistance he may still be encountering to his political agenda.
Prime Minister Theresa May undertakes her long-awaited visit to Beijing tomorrow. It gives London an opportunity to define and shape its relationship with China, and move it beyond behind-the-scenes sniping and grandiose public rhetoric.
The set-piece moment of China’s 19th Communist Party congress, scheduled to start on 18 October, is the General Secretary’s Report. It will reflect President and Party General Secretary Xi Jinping’s vision for governing China up to 2022. Here is a peek at what might be in its 13 sections.