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The Embarrassment of Taiwanese “Public Opinion”: On the Disenchantment of “Public Opinion” in Taiwan’s Politics
尴尬的台湾“ 民意” ———论台湾政治中“ 民意” 的祛魅

An expert on Taiwan and cross-Strait relations delves deep into the concept of public opinion and its role in Taiwan’s political system. The author seeks to discredit public opinion trends in Taiwan through a variety of arguments, such as by suggesting they are manipulated through strategic question design and often purely a reflection of elite opinion.

Chen Xing 陈星
Analysis of the Results and Impact of Taiwan’s 2024 “Two-in-One” Election
台湾地区2024年“ 二合一” 选举结果及影响分析

Wu Yi, a Taiwan scholar from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, provides an in-depth analysis of the January 2024 legislative and executive elections in Taiwan. Wu suggests Lai Ching-te’s poor performance relative to Tsai Ing-wen in 2020 and gains for the opposition in the legislature foreshadow growing political polarization in Taiwan and uncertainties for cross-Strait relations going forward.

Wu Yi 吴宜
Constructing a Modern Industrial System Centered on Advanced Manufacturing —An Interview with Jin Zhuanglong, Party Group Secretary and Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology
构建以先进制造业为骨干的现代化产业体系——访工业和信息化部党组书记、部长金壮龙

In this January 2024 interview, head of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Jin Zhuanglong outlines China’s strategy for “new industrialization.” Jin emphasizes the importance of upgrading advanced manufacturing through integration of cutting-edge technologies, consolidating China’s leadership in emerging strategic sectors in which it has an advantage, and supporting small firms that might be benefited by application of AI and other technologies in their production methods.

Jin Zhuanglong 金壮龙
Fully Implement the Spirit of the 20th Party Congress to Vigorously Advance New Industrialization
全面贯彻落实党的二十大精神 大力推进新型工业化

This lengthy piece outlines the underlying logic behind China’s new industrial upgrading policy, dubbed “new industrialization.” Jin Zhuanglong, head of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, lays out what he sees as key accomplishments and challenges for China’s industrial system going forward. Jin details steps Beijing will undertake to advance the manufacturing sector, emphasizing the need to better integrate and synergize technology innovation, digitalization, and industrial upgrading.

Jin Zhuanglong 金壮龙
Xi Jinping Emphasizes That Promoting High-Quality and Full Employment Constantly Enhances the Sense of Accomplishment, Happiness and Security of Workers during the 14th Collective Study Session of the CCP Central Committee Politburo
习近平在中共中央政治局第十四次集体学习时强调 促进高质量充分就业 不断增强广大劳动者的获得感幸福感安全感

The CCP Politburo holds “collective study sessions” on a semi-regular basis, in which an outside academic or government expert leads a discussion on a selected topic. Such sessions are important signals as to what issues the senior leadership finds important. The 14th collective study session of the 20th Central Committee Politburo was held on May 27, 2024 and was presided over by Xi Jinping. At this session, Xi delivered a speech emphasizing the need to expand employment, especially for college graduates and younger demographics more broadly, including through policy support for industries with high employment capacity and better aligning talent pipelines with such industries.

Political Bureau of the CCP Central Committee 中共中央政治局
Results and Analysis of the 2024 Taiwan Legislative Yuan Elections
台 2024 年“立委”选举结果及影响分析

Wu Yi, the director of the political economy research department at the Taiwan Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, analyzes Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan (LY) elections, which took place in January 2024. Wu argues that the strong performance of the KMT (Beijing’s preferred party) and TPP in the elections mean the LY will serve as a stabilizing force for cross-Strait relations going forward, given the support in both parties for greater cross-Strait engagement and shared opposition to what Wu frames as the “independence” leanings of Lai Ching-te, then the president-elect from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Wu Yi 吴宜
Lai Ching-te's Outlook on Cross-Strait Policy
赖清德两岸政策前瞻

Zhang Hua, a leading scholar on Taiwan at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, analyzes the likely cross-Strait policies of Lai Ching-te, Taiwan’s newly elected president. Zhang suggests that Lai has and is likely to tailor his cross-Strait approach based on the audiences he is addressing and his various roles—as president, as leader of the Democratic Progressive Party, and as a potential presidential candidate for 2028. Zhang also suggests that Lai’s cross-Strait policy is likely to become sharper-edged in a second term.

Zhang Hua 张华
General Secretary Xi Jinping’s Introduction to Important Ideology Regarding China as a Cyber Powerhouse (Chapter 5: Building a Durable National Cybersecurity Barrier)
习近平总书记关于网络强国的重要思想概论 第五章:筑牢国家网络安全屏障

In this piece, the CCP Central Committee Office of the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission (CAC), known under its public regulatory-body name as the Cyberspace Administration of China, outlines a vision for cybersecurity policy and regulation. The piece suggests that private industry, critical information infrastructure, and cybersecurity providers will be vital partners in improving China’s cybersecurity in the years to come. Cybersecurity, CAC argues, cannot be achieved without more government visibility into private industry’s data on cybersecurity threats and incidents.

Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) 国家互联网信息办公室
Overcapacity Is Not Purely an Economic Issue, but a Political Issue
产能过剩不是单纯的经济问题,而是政治议题

Guo Kai, the executive president of CF40, a think tank focusing on finance and economic issues, argues that the problem of overcapacity is being used in the U.S. to drive election politics, rather than being viewed purely as an economic concern. Domestically, he attributes overcapacity as a negative externality to China’s rapid manufacturing growth, and makes several policy recommendations to address the issue.

Guo Kai 郭凯
Fully Implement the Overall National Security Outlook
全面贯彻总体国家安全观

The head of China’s Ministry of State Security, Chen Yixin, reflects on efforts to implement the “Overall National Security Outlook” ten years after Chinese leader Xi Jinping first introduced the concept in 2014. Chen highlights the 2020 National Security Law in Hong Kong, more formalized national security education, and the build out of a national security legal and regulatory architecture as key accomplishments over the past decade. Looking ahead, Chen emphasizes the need to further advance China’s national security through a variety of mechanisms, including greater technological self-reliance, improved counter-sanctions mechanisms, and more assertive efforts to advance China’s security principles on the international stage.

Chen Yixin 陈一新