Xi Jinping and the Removal of Presidential Term Limits in China
Politics,China
By Dennis V. Hickey - 17 Apr 2018

Xi Jinping and the Removal of Presidential Term Limits in China

China scrapped its presidential two-term limit, allowing President Xi Jinping to seek a third term in 2022. The change was criticized by numerous Western pundits as “dangerous,” “regressive,” and “potentially disastrous.” Are such criticisms warranted?
The South China Sea Disputes: Will Taiwan’s Role Be Enhanced?
Security,Hotspots,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 09 Apr 2018

The South China Sea Disputes: Will Taiwan’s Role Be Enhanced?

China’s 13th NPC and Xi Jinping’s Ambitions
Politics,China

By Tai Wei Lim - 28 Mar 2018

China’s 13th NPC and Xi Jinping’s Ambitions

Chinese Coal Investments Firing Up the Indonesian Economy
Economy,China,Southeast Asia

Chinese Coal Investments Firing Up the Indonesian Economy

China is embarking on several mega-projects to supply coal and build new power plants in Indonesia to boost the economy, which has been held back by electricity shortages. China may use these projects as references and applications for its BRI projects.
By Tai Wei Lim - 22 Mar 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Australia’s China Policy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Security,Hotspots,China

Australia’s China Policy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

In the wake of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s pilgrimage to Washington, Australia is edging ever closer to publicly choosing between China and the US in its Asia security policy. It may well become reality and with the choice comes consequences.
US-China Trade Spat Unlikely to Worsen Despite Deficit
Politics,Economy,China

US-China Trade Spat Unlikely to Worsen Despite Deficit

Contrary to Trump’s comments at the World Economic Forum, a trade war remains unlikely despite the ongoing US-China trade deficit, as criticism of China is part of the campaign narrative and making China a scapegoat for things going wrong is old hat.
The New Concept of “Sharp Power” in International Politics: A Critique
Politics,China

The New Concept of “Sharp Power” in International Politics: A Critique

Christopher Walker and Jessica Ludwig penned an article entitled “The Meaning of Sharp Power: How Authoritarian States Project Influence.” In this piece the authors coin a new term, sharp power, for observers of global affairs.
Trump, Congress Could Alter ‘One China’
Politics,China

Trump, Congress Could Alter ‘One China’

President Donald Trump’s administration and the US Congress have released major documents and passed key pieces of legislation over the course of time that signal the potential for a shift in the US’ “One China Policy.”
China’s Need to Build the “Polar Silk Road”
Economy,China

China’s Need to Build the “Polar Silk Road”

The Chinese agenda is to build the “Polar Silk Road” through developing the Arctic shipping routes. What makes it an essential need is the strategic significance of the Northern Sea Route, a potential key trading route between the eastern, western and northern hemispheres.
By Amrita Jash - 12 Feb 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Sino-Japanese Ties and the Political Thaw in Northeast Asia
Politics,China,East Asia

Sino-Japanese Ties and the Political Thaw in Northeast Asia

On January 27-28, 2018, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono visited Beijing to improve bilateral relations between the two countries. The Chinese side reciprocated and publicly announced its intention to improve relations with Japan.
By Tai Wei Lim - 09 Feb 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Lessons Drawn from TV Series Depicting the KMT and CPC Contest
Politics,Society,China

Lessons Drawn from TV Series Depicting the KMT and CPC Contest

In recent years, there are many television series about the power struggle and cooperation between the KMT and the CPC since July 1921 in general and the period from September 1931 to December 1949 in particular.
Unfreezing China-Japan Relations: Easier Said than Done?
Politics,China,East Asia

Unfreezing China-Japan Relations: Easier Said than Done?

On January 5, 2018, at Jiji Press’ New Year Party, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he wants to make this a year that people recognize that the Japan-China relationship improves significantly.
By Xiaolin Duan - 31 Jan 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
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