One of my high school friends recently enquired about my go-to resources for information about China, particularly as it pertains to economic and military affairs. Given China’s increasing importance in global affairs, I think this is a great question and one that more Americans should be asking. Therefore, I wanted to quickly post the websites and authors I recommended, as I think they could be of interest to a lot of you. I’m sure there are some absolutely fantastic Chinese language sources worth checking out as well. However, given that I can’t read or speak Chinese, those won’t be listed here.
Best think tanks/websites/institutions for China information: the Lowy Institute (esp. their Asia Power Index), Project 2049 Institute, CSIS China Power Website, CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, RAND Corporation, CNA Corporation, ASPI’s The Strategist, and the China Maritime Studies Institute at the Naval War College. I also recommend The Diplomat; it’s not as policy heavy or rigorous, but it’s a great Asia Pacific news outlet that would be helpful for basic area news.
Economics/Military Stats and Analysis: There are obviously a ton of options here, but these are my suggestions… the IMF, World Bank, SIPRI, OECD, China Ministry of National Defense, Congressional Research Service, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Academic Publications: The China Quarterly as well as the monograph series run by the military war colleges and National Defense University.
Best authors/analysts: Dennis Wilder, Oriana Mastro, Andrew Erickson, David Shambaugh, Kenneth Allen, Dennis Blasko, Bernard Cole, Michael Chase, M. Taylor Fravel, Daniel Hartnett, Timothy Heath, Mira Rapp-Hooper, Bonnie Glaser, Peter Mattis, Patrick Cronin, Michael Beckley, Salvatore Babones, and Derek Scissors.
Blogs: Dan Wang’s blog, Andrew Batson’s blog, and The Scholar’s Stage.
Also, I’m sick and tired of stupid analysis of China’s U.S. debt holdings, so this article should be mandatory reading: http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/files/IS3402_pp007-045_Drezner.pdf
Finally, if you are a complete beginner and want a good book to start with, I recommend this one! If you are more interested in internal Chinese politics and Xi Jinping, I’ve heard that this book and this book are good, but I haven’t read either.
This is obviously a ton of information, and, quite honestly, I do not read all of these sources regularly. Nevertheless, it’s a good list to have, so I hope some of you find it helpful.