What we have grouped under the label ‘Greater China’ for convenience actually encompasses at least several geopolitical orders and systems – Taiwan, Mainland China, and the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

Until very recently, the People’s Republic of China was the largest country in the world by population and it remains the world’s second-largest economy.  It is also perhaps the only potential global challenger to the liberal international order and it features a particularly dynamic, multifaceted, and complex domestic political and social system.

Understanding all of this is critical to explaining any question in contemporary geopolitics.  But Greater China has also long featured a variety of distinct polities and political systems.  Hong Kong and Macau – both before and after 1997/1999 – have been critical nodes of focused trade and other interaction.  The Republic of China (Taiwan) has been a separate political order since the island was colonised by Japan in 1895 and after its return to Chinese sovereignty at the end of World War II.

Taiwan was also among the first and most important ‘developmental states’ and continues to be an engine of global economic growth and technological innovation.  It has also been among the most important and successful ‘new democracies’ to emerge since the collapse of the USSR.  We look at Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mainland China both separately and in conjunction with one another on our ‘Greater China’ Programme.

Latest

In the press

How China is fortifying its economy for war with the West

Sunday 12th May, 2024

How China is fortifying its economy for war with the West

Prof. William Hurst is quoted in this extensive article in The Telegraph.

Economics, History

Made in China, with Elizabeth O’Brien Ingleson

In the press

Andrew Peach show on LBC News

Tuesday 30th April, 2024

Andrew Peach show on LBC News

Prof. William Hurst is interviewed by Andrew Peach on LBC News about Chinese Coastguard vessels using water cannon on Philippine patrol boats. The six-minute interview appears about 1hr 48mins into the programme.

Economics, Maritime, Security

Challenges in the South China Sea

Friday 26th April, 2024

Challenges in the South China Sea

In the press

Chinese sea attacks on US ally risk bigger confrontation

Monday 1st April, 2024

Chinese sea attacks on US ally risk bigger confrontation

Prof. William Hurst offers his analysis of rising tensions between China and the Philippines, and their potential security and defence implications for the wider region. He contributes to this package on “The World” which was put out by NPR.

Authoritarianism, Economics

What are China’s ambitions for the world order?

Business, Technology

Taiwan, technology and trade

Friday 8th March, 2024

Taiwan, technology and trade

In the press

How China strangled its golden goose – and paid a terrible price

Thursday 29th February, 2024

How China strangled its golden goose – and paid a terrible price

Centre for Geopolitics director, Prof. William Hurst, is quoted in an article in The Telegraph about China and Hong Kong’s apparent cultural isolation.

Economics, Security

China in the Pacific

Tuesday 13th February, 2024

China in the Pacific

Business, Ethics

Corporate socialist responsibility: business ethics in Xi Jinping’s new era

Elections

What voters chose: responses to Taiwan’s election

Business, Economics

How China got rich, with Michael Wood

Thursday 23rd November, 2023

How China got rich, with Michael Wood

Elections

After Tsai Ing-wen: Taiwan’s January 2024 elections

Business, Economics

Xiconomics: What China’s Dual Circulation Strategy Means for Global Business

Event Review

Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

Maritime, Security

All at sea?  Testing the UK’s resolve in the Pacific region

In the press

Guns before butter? Multi-dimensional diplomacy in China-Europe relations

Wednesday 17th May, 2023

Guns before butter? Multi-dimensional diplomacy in China-Europe relations

9DASHLINE publishes Guns before butter? Multi-dimensional diplomacy in China-Europe relations by Professor William Hurst.

In the press

Middle East Diplomacy with Chinese Characteristics

Wednesday 19th April, 2023

Middle East Diplomacy with Chinese Characteristics

Dr William Figueroa discusses Middle East Diplomacy with Chinese Characteristics with Jacques deLisle of the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Authoritarianism, Education, Technology

‘The Rise and the Fall of the EAST’, with Huang Yasheng

Podcast

Episode 21: Protest in China

Wednesday 7th December, 2022

Episode 21: Protest in China

Professor Bill Hurst and Suzanne Raine examine the significance of the recent outbreak of protests in many cities in China, and the CCP’s response.  

Diplomacy

Making sense of how sense is made of Chinese foreign policy

Diplomacy, Environment

Taiwan’s Green Party diplomacy: Origins, evolution and impact
Episode 19: China – taking stock

Wednesday 9th November, 2022

Episode 19: China – taking stock

What happened at the 20th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party and what does it mean for China’s future direction? Ali and Suzanne are joined by Professor Bill Hurst, who talks us through personalities, drama, and the new Chinese focus on persistence and security.

Commentary

Pregaming the Party Congress

Monday 26th September, 2022

Pregaming the Party Congress

Commentary

Stuck in a corner: China’s Zero-Covid strategy

Diplomacy, Economics

Reassessing Hong Kong: diplomacy, economics and geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific

Event Review

Is China more of a threat or an opportunity?