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October 2012 SIPRI Update out now!

As the Communist Party of China prepares for a once-in-a-decade change of leadership at the 18th Party Congress in November, the country’s foreign relations are in worse shape than they were 10 years ago, especially in East Asia but also in terms of heightened strategic rivalry with the United States. 

How the incoming leadership chooses to manage further the expansion of Chinese economic and security interests has huge implications for the rest of the world. If the incoming Party leadership fails to prevent widening political rifts in China’s political system (including the People’s Liberation Army, PLA), foreign policy could take on an even more assertive tone, complicating international cooperation with China on issues of international security.

In the latest SIPRI Essay, SIPRI Researchers Oliver Bräuner and Mathieu Duchâtel recommend that external actors, such as the EU, should further encourage China's emergence as a cooperative and constructive partner in international sections.