Peter Mattis

Peter Mattis was a fellow in the China Program at The Jamestown Foundation, where he served as editor of the foundation’s China Brief from 2011 to 2013. He previously worked in the U.S. Government and the National Bureau of Asian Research. Mr. Mattis received his M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University and earned B.A.s in Political Science and Asian Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. He also studied Chinese language, history, and security policy at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is the author of Analyzing the Chinese Military: A Review Essay and Resource Guide on the People’s Liberation Army (2015). He is currently a research fellow in China Studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

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    Army Day Coverage Stresses Continuity of Reform

    On August 1, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) celebrated Army Day, the anniversary of its founding during the Nanchang Uprising in 1927. Commentaries in official media often use the

    Appraising Xi Jinping’s Politicking

    At least since the politicking for China’s leadership succession heated up last summer, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping consistently has shaped the political environment in his favor,

    Peter Mattis cited by Niti Central

    An article by China Brief Editor Peter Mattis, Out with the New, In with the old: Interpreting China's 'New Type of International Relations,' was cited by Niti Central in China's dream is

    New Police Chief Shows Reliability But Not Power

    Following the Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu’s ascent to chair the Central Political-Legal Affairs Committee and the Politburo of the 18th Central Committee, a little-known provincial party secretary, Guo

    Spiraling Surprises in Sino-Japanese Tensions

    Ever since the Japanese government bought several of the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands from a private owner, Sino-Japanese relations have been in a downward spiral. Japan’s change of government following the mid-December

    Soothing Tones on China’s Rise Strike Dissonance

    The newly-appointed Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping’s talk of China’s national rejuvenation has generated a lot of concern in foreign analyses about the implications of the just-completed

    The Unrepentant China Model

    Reform has dominated discussions of China this year as the country approached a major leadership transition. At the National People’s Congress in March, optimism blinded many analysts from recognizing the

    Looking Ahead at Politburo Possibilities

    As the 18th Party Congress approaches and Chinese leaders enter their final rounds of horse trading, recent personnel changes suggest the future of Chinese politics is starting to take shape

    Civil-Military Integration Theme Marks PLA Day Coverage

    The theme for this year’s annual People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Day press was civil-military integration (军民融合) for national defense. If Defense Minister Liang Guanglie’s article “Persevere in Civil-Military Integration with