Cross-Strait Relations: Forced Unification is Politically Unwise for China
Politics,China
By Xiaolin Duan - 13 Nov 2017

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

By Mark J. Valencia - 31 Oct 2017

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

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

By Tai Wei Lim - 27 Oct 2017

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

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?
China’s 19th Party Congress and Leadership Renewal
Politics,China

China’s 19th Party Congress and Leadership Renewal

In the lead up to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, there have been many predictions about who’s in and who’s out of the Politburo Standing Committee, fueled by observers’ fascination about political struggles, cliques, successor regime, etc.
China’s 19th Party Congress and Implications for Hong Kong
Politics,China

China’s 19th Party Congress and Implications for Hong Kong

The 19th Party Congress will be a public line-up of top officials who will be handpicked by President Xi to navigate China’s future. After the Congress, China is likely to align Hong Kong’s economic development closer to its own interests and national priorities.  
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China Invests in Canada’s Alberta Oil Sands
Economy,China

China Invests in Canada’s Alberta Oil Sands

China’s major investment in Canada’s energy sector, in particular the Alberta oil sands, marks China’s continuing diversification strategy away from overdependence on Middle Eastern crude oil.
By Tai Wei Lim - 11 Oct 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
China, US Both Using Lawfare in the South China Sea
Hotspots,China

China, US Both Using Lawfare in the South China Sea

Lawfare is “a form of asymmetric warfare, consisting of using the legal system against an enemy, such as by damaging or delegitimizing them, tying up their time or winning a public relations victory.” China and the US both use it with regard to the South China Sea.  
China Pledges Billions of Dollars for Belt and Road Projects
Economy,China

China Pledges Billions of Dollars for Belt and Road Projects

As of July 2017, China has allocated more than USD 100 billion to pay for Belt and Road Initiaitve projects, including the massive USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and a pan-Asian high-speed railway.
By Tai Wei Lim - 03 Oct 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
BRICS: A Coolant for China and India?
Politics,China,South Asia

BRICS: A Coolant for China and India?

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s bonhomie towards India at the 9th BRICS Summit ran contrary to his earlier hardline rhetoric during the two-month long Doklam stand-off. It can be rightly argued that BRICS acted as a coolant for Sino-Indian tension.
By Amrita Jash - 28 Sep 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
China is Once Again at the Crossroads of Housing Development
Economy,Society,China

China is Once Again at the Crossroads of Housing Development

China followed the Soviet socialist model of development in 1949, which was economically characterized by public ownership of resources. The housing model acknowledged the general logic and ideological features of state socialism.
By Zhihua Zhou - 06 Sep 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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