Jianyong Yue

Jianyong Yue

Visiting Fellow, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science

Jianyong Yue holds a PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His most recent publication is China's Rise in the Age of Globalization: Myth or Reality? (2018). He formerly taught Chinese politics and development at King's College London and at the LSE. He is currently conducting research as a visiting fellow at the Department of International Relations, LSE.

A pedestrian rides an escalator in Pudong's Lujiazui Financial District in Shanghai, China, on 29 January 2024. (Raul Ariano/Bloomberg)

Will following the US bring peace and prosperity to China?

Many in the Chinese world have unquestionably accepted the idea that friendly relations with the US will guarantee a country’s prosperity. However, academic Jianyong Yue notes that despite the honeymoon period between China and the US in the 1980s, China was still not endowed preferential treatment. Meanwhile, many countries have seen immense development even without the help of the US.
An aerial view of shipping containers stacked at a port in Lianyungang, in eastern China's Jiangsu province on 12 January 2024. (AFP)

Does China still need the CPTPP?

Academic Jianyong Yue notes that despite China’s seeming eagerness to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), doing so may in fact hinder it from realising its full potential, given the strict regulations of the group. Perhaps it might be better for China to focus on developing its domestic market and turning into a strong consumption power capable of supporting its industrial upgrading and economic transformation.