Xiang Lanxin

Professor, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Xiang Lanxin is Professor of International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, and Director of the Center of One Belt and One Road Security Studies at the China National Institute for SCO International Exchange and Judicial Cooperation, Shanghai. His research interests include China’s relations with great powers and he has published several books including The Quest for Legitimacy in Chinese Politics — A New Interpretation (2019) and Recasting the Imperial Far East: Britain and America in China, 1945–50 (2016). He is working on a new book, Xi’s World and China’s Future.


Paramilitary police officers wearing face masks patrol on a street in Beijing on 13 October 2020. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP)

China's wolf-warrior tactics confusing, misleading and unprofessional

When it would have been advantageous to watch and wait while the US leadership transition is carried out, China has decided to up the ante with a high-profile show of wolf-warrior diplomacy. Is it setting itself up for a boomerang effect?
This photo taken on 21 October 2020 shows a mural painted on a wall on Taiwan's Kinmen Island. (Sam Yeh/AFP)

China-US relations: ‘Strategic clarity’ on Taiwan may lead to hot war

The three communiques in US-China relations gave both the US and China a certain cloak of strategic ambiguity, but with senior members of the US government appearing to go against the tenets and China stubbornly holding the US to its clauses, what is left seems to be stark, opposing positions that make drifting into hot war all the more likely.