Head: Li Keqiang, Prime Minister/Premier
Members: 8 (Prime Minister + 7 Ministers)
Chairperson: Max Krupp
Max is 20 years old and a student of International Relations at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, although he is currently spending his Erasmus semester at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain. He chaired the Government of the Kingdom of Norway at the 2016 edition of the Tuebingen International Crisis Simulation, and it was so great that he is eager to return this year. It is his honour to serve as the President of the People’s Republic of China and to defend our great nation against all perils and false claims posed by other nations in the South China Sea.
He is a vivid enthusiast of music, whisky and chess, and thus always happy to be challenged to a match or invited to a glass of good scotch. TICS 2017 will be his 13th conference, and he is looking forward to a weekend of politics and strategy, and to a great crisis.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister of National Defense
Minister of Commerce
Minister of Justice
Minister of Finance
Minister of Land and Resources
Head of the National Development and Reform Commission
Official interests in the Arctic sphere:
China is at the forefront of both the long-running standoff between the DPRK and the ROK since the conflict ‘ended’ over 50 years ago as well as the developing conflict in the South China Sea.
China is keen to continue to exercise military control over the South China Sea, something which has already put it in conflict with the US. In addition to this, China has also been working hard to lure traditional US allies into its own sphere of influence, including the Philippines. To all intents and purposes it appears China is determined to establish itself as the regional hegemon and step into the position of global leadership, which seems to have been vacated by the US.
At the same time as its position in the South China Sea is strengthening, its influence over the regime in Pyongyang seems to be declining- much to Beijing’s dismay. Whilst China has backed sanctions against the DPRK it has struggled to prevent the North from pursuing its nuclear programme, bringing the country further into conflict with the US, which demands it do more to stop the North’s provocative behaviour. Failing to resolve the situation on the Peninsula could well be the undoing of China’s efforts to define itself as a global power making success crucial.