for comment on a policy-related story, email us at

is China challenging the United States for global leadership?

And so on. Unlike the China model, which its boosters said was aimed at developing countries, the China solution, says David Kelly of China Policy, a consultancy, is for everyone—including Western countries. This marks a change. Chinese leaders never praised the China model; its fans were mainly Chinese academics and the country’s cheerleaders in the West.

debt piles add to risk for China’s property groups

“China’s big developers stand out compared to their peers worldwide for being highly leveraged, thanks to their access to local banks and capital markets,” says Wang Xinling, lead analyst at China Policy, a think-tank in Beijing. On top of a slowing market, many funding sources favoured by property companies are coming under threat. Beijing began restricting funding last October, ordering regulators to limit equity and bond sales by developers as part of efforts to rein in the property market.

Rex Tillerson makes first official visit to China, looks for breakthrough on South China Sea

David Kelly from the Beijing-based China policy research institute said the Chinese would say something along the lines of 'Don't think you will have to engage in a trade war, where at best you can get a draw, when if you play the game our way, it's a win-win'. No great clarification or resolution is expected on the issues in dispute. That is likely to happen when Mr Xi and Mr Trump meet next month.

the ‘China Solution’: Beijing responds to Trump

A draft Trump Administration executive order threatening cuts to America’s UN funding, not least for peacekeeping, has been circulating since late January. Days before it emerged, People’s Daily carried yet another op-ed on the 'China Solution', hailing ‘the glory it sheds on the cause of peace, development and civilisation’ and renewing Xi Jinping’s pledges to become a major UN funder.

China’s latest farm policy shifts focus from output to demand

Now Beijing needs to soak up the crop glut and offset stagnating demand as growth in world's second-largest economy slows. "No one thought China would maintain self-sufficiency the way they have. They did it by price support and that has been extremely costly," said Erlend Ek, agriculture research manager at China Policy, a Beijing-based advisory firm.

prospect of warming US-Russia ties worries China

“In the West, people have been extremely concerned about Russian involvement in the U.S. elections, and Trump’s commitments, but very few people take seriously the idea that he could lure Russia away from the partnership with China,” says David Kelly, research director at China Policy, a research group in Beijing. “In China, it’s taken much more seriously and is a subject of daily speculation.”

Beijing mayor promises house prices will not rise in 2017

The mayor’s pronouncement leaves the city government steering a narrow course between price rises and much-dreaded falls. “The government’s bottom line is that they cannot let prices fall too much,” said Wang Xinling, lead analyst at China Policy, a research consultancy in Beijing. “Falls of over 5 per cent [over a year] would be seen by policymakers as having a big psychological impact on property owners.”

China flexes military muscle before Trump takes office

Beijing has a long way to go before it can claim military superiority over Taiwan's main protector Washington, which has 10 aircraft carriers in service and a network of naval bases all around the globe, said David Kelly, research director of Beijing-based consulting firm China Policy. For China, the presence of the Liaoning is above all "symbolic" and aimed at its "domestic audience", Kelly said.

innovation, made in China: inventiveness within limits

Australian David Kelly, research director at advisory firm China Policy and a visiting professor at Beijing University, says the system inherited from Stalin and Mao was unfriendly to science, not least because they had denounced Einstein, quantum physics, DNA, “and even the classical logic that underpinned the rise of information technology and digitalisation”. The very concept of technological “disruption” sounds terrible to a state that prizes stability above all. China began, Kelly says, from a civilisational base that advantaged science in certain ways. But its more recent Marxist base makes it difficult for it to build on that base.

el ejércuto Chino saca músculo ante Donald Trump

El desarrollo armamentístico chino aún no impresiona a Washington, que dispone de una decena de portaaviones en servicio y de una red de bases navales repartidas en todo el mundo, dice David Kelly, del centro de investigación China Policy, con sede en Pekín. Para China, que no tiene bases en otros continentes, un portaaviones es, sobre todo, un gesto 'simbólico y de consumo interno', observa el investigador. 'Esto apenas tiene importancia estratégica (...) pero le recuerda a Estados Unidos que China tiene una herramienta de presión en la región'.

China province bans GMO crops for five years

Erland Ek, an agriculture researcher at Beijing-based consultancy China Policy, said: "Heilongjiang is particularly important for gaining trust because they would like to protect its advantage as a producer of non-GMO soyabean for the domestic and international market." China permits the import of GMO soybeans for use in animal feed. The ban "is mainly about protecting local produce and comparative advantage" in response to increasing imports from the US and other countries, Mr Ek added.

latest china policy