Tillerson Goes Off Half-Cocked on China
Politics,Hotspots,China
By Mark J. Valencia - 16 Jan 2017

Tillerson Goes Off Half-Cocked on China

On January 11, 2017, US President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made several intemperate remarks. Most provocatively he said that China’s access to the features it has built up in the South China Sea is not going to be “allowed.”
Protest Erupts in Sri Lanka's Hambantota over Chinese Megaproject
Economy,China,South Asia

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 13 Jan 2017

Protest Erupts in Sri Lanka's Hambantota over Chinese Megaproject

Has Obama Driven Trump into a Conflict with China?
Politics,China

By John F. Copper - 11 Jan 2017

Has Obama Driven Trump into a Conflict with China?

The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: Parsing the Legal Aspects
Security,Hotspots,China

The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: Parsing the Legal Aspects

US underwater drones can be categorized as Force Net, Sea Shield, Sea Strike and Sea Base. Force Net includes the missions of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance and oceanography. Some may even be weaponized. Thus, it is easy to be uncertain regarding the mission of particular UUVs.
Historical Memories: A Critical Factor in China’s Japan Policy
Politics,China,East Asia

Historical Memories: A Critical Factor in China’s Japan Policy

The Chinese consciousness of the historical memories of Japan’s wartime aggression have trumped China’s “new thinking” on Japan in the present time. China’s historical consciousness hence makes Beijing’s Japan policy highly constrained, leaving less room for reconciliation between the two countries.
By Amrita Jash - 09 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Coming Trade War Between the US and China
Politics,Economy,China

The Coming Trade War Between the US and China

Asia watchers are anxiously awaiting US President-elect Donald Trump’s first actions after his inauguration, in particular whether he will carry out his threat of designating China as a currency manipulator. Such a designation will allow US to institute punitive tariffs on Chinese imports.
Taiwan: Trump’s Bargaining Chip in US-China Relations?
Politics,China,East Asia

Taiwan: Trump’s Bargaining Chip in US-China Relations?

Since Taiwan remains China’s core interest, Trump’s motive of simply using Taiwan as leverage against China could be very difficult — if not dangerous — especially if he continues to disregard the One China policy.
By Wei Luo - 03 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
São Tomé and Príncipe Establishes Ties with China: Why is this Important?
Politics,China

São Tomé and Príncipe Establishes Ties with China: Why is this Important?

In mid to late December 2016, the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe established diplomatic relations with China and broke with Taiwan. The event attracted considerable media attention and evoked speculation as to its significance.
The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: More Than Meets the Eye
Security,Hotspots,China

The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: More Than Meets the Eye

On 16 December, the US Department of Defense announced that it had issued a formal protest to China demanding the return of an underwater drone. After several days of verbal tit-for tat, China returned the drone. The US Navy is determining whether the seizure was a “low-level” action by the sailors or a top down message by senior Chinese leaders.
The US Underwater Drone is not Entitled to Sovereign Immunity
Security,Hotspots,China

The US Underwater Drone is not Entitled to Sovereign Immunity

The US asserted that the underwater drone seized by China enjoyed sovereign immunity. Its argument is legally flawed if one takes a closer look at the rules of sovereign immunity in the law of the sea and how the US navy applies the drone to its missions.
By Yan Yan - 27 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Correcting China’s Current Debt Levels
Economy,China

Correcting China’s Current Debt Levels

China’s debt level is increasing, along with toxic debts on its balance sheet. This situation can be compared to Taiwan and South Korea before the financial crisis hit in the 1990s. China may be able to use the same strategies adopted by them to overcome threats to its economy.  
The Trump Challenge in US-China Relations
Politics,China,East Asia

The Trump Challenge in US-China Relations

Trump’s unexpected phone call with Taiwan’s leader, his ensuing tweets swiping at China’s currency policy and military buildup in the South China Sea and his interview on December 11 suggesting he might tear up the “one China” policy hit some of the most sensitive issues in US-China relations.
By Zhiqun Zhu - 14 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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