The 20th Chinese Communist Party Congress
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The 20th Chinese Communist Party Congress



21 October 2022

This week, Bo Zhiyue previewed the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Anastasia Barannikova explains North Korea’s new nuclear weapons law, pointing to a number of additions suggesting a new regional approach. On the same topic, Sangkyu Lee says Article 3 of North Korea’s new law deserves special scrutiny. We also continue our search for a graphic designer and highlight member activities.

The 20th Party Congress and Asia-Pacific Security

Bo Zhiyue, Founder and President of the Bo Zhiyue China Institute, says the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will determine where China is going in the next five years politically, economically, socially, and diplomatically.

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The DPRK Re-Thinks its Relations: Regional Implications of the New Nuclear Doctrine

Anastasia Barannikova, Research Fellow at ADM Nevelskoy Maritime State University, argues North Korea’s new nuclear weapons policies contain a number of additions that indicate Pyongyang is reconsidering its regional role, re-imagining the types of relationships it can have not only with its adversaries, but also with friendlier countries such as China and Russia.

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The Nuclear Force Policy Law: Implications for DPRK Command and Control

Sangkyu Lee, a Republic of Korea (ROK) army officer and Assistant Professor at the Korea Military Academy, says that among the contents of North Korea’s new nuclear weapons law Article 3 sections on nuclear command and control deserve careful attention.

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APLN is accepting applications for the position of Graphic Designer. This person will be a critical part of our team, responsible for helping to drive the creative direction of APLN campaigns. Candidates should have a flair for typography, layout, and art direction to produce the best work possible. Applications can be forwarded to

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India and New Zealand Improve Ties with Jaishankar Visit

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy, and Technology, points out that the deepening of India-New Zealand relations after a lull is important both in bilateral terms and also within the wider regional context.

China now under one-man rule?

Kevin Rudd, former Australian Prime Minister, discussed China’s 20th Party Congress and what it will mean for Xi Jinping’s legacy in an interview with France 24

Under Beijing’s Shadow

C. Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute, writes for The Indian Express on the unfolding China-US conflict and it’s implications for Asia and the Indo-Pacific.

Kim Jong-un’s two uses of “idiot” in final letter to Trump

Cheong Wook-Sik, Director of the Hankyoreh Peace Institute, writes on the final correspondence between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and then-President Donald Trump of the US.

Launch of SLBM and Indian Underwater Deterrent

C Uday Bhaskar, Director of the Society for Policy Studies (SPS), New Delhi, argues in The Indian Express that exaggerated claims of India having “arrived” as a major military power ought to be kept in check.



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