Peter Mattis

Peter Mattis is a Fellow in the China Program at The Jamestown Foundation, where he served as editor of the foundation’s China Brief, a biweekly electronic journal on greater China, from 2011 to 2013. He previously worked in the U.S. Government and the National Bureau of Asian Research. Mr. Mattis regularly contributes to The National Interest and China Brief, and his writing also has appeared in the Taipei Times, the East-West Center’s Asia-Pacific Bulletin, The DiplomatWar on the Rocks, the Asia Society’s ChinaFile, the International Journal of Intelligence and CounterintelligenceStudies in Intelligence, and the Washington Journal of Modern China. His views have appeared in Defense NewsChristian Science MonitorFinancial TimesWall Street JournalSydney Morning Herald, UPI, BBC, and National Public Radio. 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).

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Articles by Peter Mattis

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