Joining the Quad: Fear versus Greed
Hotspots,China
By Mark J. Valencia - 15 Dec 2017

Joining the Quad: Fear versus Greed

US pressure, both public and private, is forcing each prospective member as well as other players to face some very tough decisions regarding their future relations with China. To the chagrin of the US, their decisions are neither easy nor clear cut.
Trudeau’s Visit to China: Prospects for China-Canada Trade Relations
Economy,China

By Romi Jain - 14 Dec 2017

Trudeau’s Visit to China: Prospects for China-Canada Trade Relations

Hong Kong, the Chinese National Anthem and the Basic Law
Politics,China

By Richard Cullen - 13 Dec 2017

Hong Kong, the Chinese National Anthem and the Basic Law

The Quad and the South China Sea
Hotspots,China

The Quad and the South China Sea

The Trump administration has re-raised the decade-old geopolitical concept of the “Indo-Pacific” region and is proposing and pushing a so-called “Quad,” a potential security arrangement among the four large democracies of India, Australia, Japan, and the US.
How Much Will the South China Sea Remain Critical for China-US Relations?
Hotspots,China

How Much Will the South China Sea Remain Critical for China-US Relations?

Although Chinese President Xi Jinping had mentioned China’s land reclamation activities in the South China Sea in his 19th Party Congress report as a domestic issue that didn’t pertain to external actors, US President Donald Trump did not offer any pushback during his Asia tour.
By Nong Hong - 01 Dec 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
In the Face of China’s Successes, “Haters” Are Grasping at Straws
China

In the Face of China’s Successes, “Haters” Are Grasping at Straws

In the wake of China’s spectacular advances on many fronts, economic, technological, military, diplomatic and others, haters are grasping at straws of hope for its failure. The rising chorus of whistling by the graveyard comes on the heels of Trump’s first visit to Asia.  
A New Warmth in Sino-Vietnam Relations
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

A New Warmth in Sino-Vietnam Relations

On November 9, 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping published an article “For a New Vista in China-Vietnam Friendship” in the official Vietnamese newspaper Nhan Dan, reflecting Beijing’s burgeoning interest to strengthen its ties with Hanoi by mitigating their differences.
By Amrita Jash - 24 Nov 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Cross-Strait Relations: Forced Unification is Politically Unwise for China
Politics,China

Cross-Strait Relations: Forced Unification is Politically Unwise for China

As Beijing considers resolving the Taiwan issue via militarized means, Taiwanese opinion, both governmental and public, becomes more polarized among pro-independence, pro-unification, and other related parties.  
By Xiaolin Duan - 13 Nov 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
China’s “Four Sha” Claim: Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill
Hotspots,China

China’s “Four Sha” Claim: Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill

According to Bill Gertz in the Washington Free Beacon, “the Chinese government recently unveiled a new legal tactic to promote Beijing’s aggressive claim to own most of the strategic South China Sea.” Gertz calls this “new” claim the “Four Sha.”
China’s Politics and Economy: Where To from Here?
Politics,Economy,China

China’s Politics and Economy: Where To from Here?

While President Xi has amassed great powers, he is also facing formidable challenges confronting China. He has to manage China’s maturing economy, upgrade quality of life for the middle class, and ensure sustainable growth with less detriments to the environment.
By Tai Wei Lim - 27 Oct 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Can China and India Reset Ties?
China,South Asia

Can China and India Reset Ties?

China and India seem to be resetting ties. Li Xiasan, the Organization Department head of Yunnan Province and Central Committee member of the Communist Party, visited India in September 2017, becoming the first Chinese official to visit India since the Doklam standoff.
Are Redundant US Naval FONOPs in the South China Sea Necessary?
Hotspots,China

Are Redundant US Naval FONOPs in the South China Sea Necessary?

On October 10, 2017, the US executed yet another FONOP challenging what it says are illegal Chinese claims in the South China Sea. So why does the US Navy deem it necessary to keep repeating specific kinetic challenges to the same specific claim?
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