Now China, too, is in Isil’s firing line

More catch-up posting this time for the Telegraph in the wake of the suicide bombing on the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek. Also spoke to Voice of America, Financial Times, Guardian and BBC Chinese on the topic. Now China, too, is in Isil’s firing line Raffaello Pantucci Director of International Security Studies, RUSI A suicide attack […] Read more »

Xinjiang trade raises doubts over China’s “Belt and Road” plan

Catching up on another late post, this time for the Financial Times Beyond BRICS blog looking in some detail at the question of how the ‘Belt and Road’ has had an impact on Xinjiang-Central Asia trade. Trying to look at this as a case study for the bigger question lots are asking. Am immensely grateful […] Read more »

Will China’s new law tackle terror?

Another piece of holiday writing, this time looking at China’s new counter-terrorism legislation and some of the preventative aspects that still may need to be worked on. It was published by the BBC both in Chinese and English and I have posted both below. Another topic that there will undoubtedly be more work on in […] Read more »

Understanding the Cultural Fabric: The Missing Piece in China’s outreach to bring peace to Afghanistan

I have been rather delinquent in posting here, so am going to now briefly catch up on a few things. First up is a piece written for the UK Embassy Beijing’s ‘Strategic Communications Initiative’ that aims to advance a discussion between China and the UK on strategic questions. I have contributed a piece with a […] Read more »

Will China Bring Peace to Afghanistan?

A new piece for RUSI’s in-house bi-monthly magazine Newsbrief, this time looking at China’s relations with the Taliban. I owe a lot of people thanks for talking to me about this topic, and am in the midst of a lot of work on this topic at the moment (China’s relations with Afghanistan). Somewhat related, I spoke […] Read more »

Central Asia: The View from China

Further catching up on delinquent old posting, here is a piece I wrote for the EU’s foreign and security policy think tank EUISS. Part of a series they did on Central Asia, and bigger work they have been doing recently in support of the Latvian Presidency of the EU which has been focused on this […] Read more »

China’s inexorable drive into Central Asia

A new piece for China Outlook, an excellent online magazine that I have actually written for before, but failed to post here for some reason. For my previous piece for them, please see here, it looked at foreign investment into Xinjiang and the difficulties the Chinese government was encountering in persuading people to come. This […] Read more »

China’s Domestic Insurgency

New piece for my institutional home RUSI, looking at Xinjiang again. Been travelling in the region, so more to come soon. China’s Domestic Insurgency RUSI Analysis, 23 Jul 2014 By Raffaello Pantucci, Senior Research Fellow Five years on from the most lethal rioting seen in China for decades, Beijing has still not managed to refine […] Read more »

China and the Middle East

A slight sideways step for me, though if you read it you will see there is some links to other stuff I have done, this is a paper commissioned by the Europe-China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN), an EU vehicle that funds research on China for European policymakers. I have written other papers for them in […] Read more »

Urumqi Attack

Another piece that was published in Chinese this week, this time for BBC 中文 about the incident in Urumqi this past week as Xi Jinping was finishing up his tour of the province. I have re-published the Chinese at the top and the English version below. I did a few interviews around this including for […] Read more »