China Invests in Canada’s Alberta Oil Sands
Economy,China
By Tai Wei Lim - 11 Oct 2017

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.
China, US Both Using Lawfare in the South China Sea
Hotspots,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 09 Oct 2017

China, US Both Using Lawfare in the South China Sea

China Pledges Billions of Dollars for Belt and Road Projects
Economy,China

By Tai Wei Lim - 03 Oct 2017

China Pledges Billions of Dollars for Belt and Road Projects

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...
Love, Marriage, and China’s Demographic Crisis
Society,China

Love, Marriage, and China’s Demographic Crisis

China is rapidly ageing as Chinese people marry later and have fewer children. This is leading to the perpetuation of the “4-2-1” family structure in China, in which four grandparents and two parents all compete to share the affection of just one grandchild.
Nawaz Sharif’s Exit and the Pakistan-China-India Triangle: Why Islamabad Needs a Serious Re-Think
Politics,China,South Asia

Nawaz Sharif’s Exit and the Pakistan-China-India Triangle: Why Islamabad Needs a Serious Re-Think

All eyes in the next few months will be on how former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will play his cards vis-à-vis the Pakistan army. If one were to look beyond the domestic ramifications, the first point which needs to be closely examined is how China has reacted to the instability.
China, Japan and the Energy Quest in the East China Sea
Politics,China,East Asia

China, Japan and the Energy Quest in the East China Sea

In early August 2017, Japan lodged a protest with China over its gas exploration in a disputed area of the East China Sea. Confirming the presence of a Chinese drillship close to Tokyo’s proposed median line, Japan accused China of conducting “unilateral development.”
By Amrita Jash - 29 Aug 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Trump’s Upbringing, Thoughts and Policies that Affect Sino-American Relations
Politics,China

Trump’s Upbringing, Thoughts and Policies that Affect Sino-American Relations

US President Donald Trump wrote: “China is our enemy.” He said China was an enemy because of weak and incompetent US officials that were taken to the cleaners by smart and seasoned Chinese negotiators, and he would fix that and turn China into a friend.
Will Trump Ignite a War with China?
Politics,China

Will Trump Ignite a War with China?

One of the arguments for a coming war is the Thucydides Trap theory. It goes that the situation of a status quo power (Sparta in ancient Greece) and a fast rising power that challenges the former (Athens) creates a condition wherein neither can tolerate the other.
The 2017 ASEAN Gathering of Ministers in Manila
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

The 2017 ASEAN Gathering of Ministers in Manila

At the end of the August 2017 ASEAN gathering in Manila, ASEAN overcame all obstacles and issued a communique addressing the non-militarization of the South China Sea. Both China and ASEAN have also agreed on the framework for a Code of Conduct.
By Tai Wei Lim - 15 Aug 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Chinese Students Enrich Western Universities in More Ways Than One
Society,China

Chinese Students Enrich Western Universities in More Ways Than One

In a New York Times op-ed, China expert Merriden Varrall accused Chinese students of “importing a pro-Beijing approach … that is stifling debate and openness.” The article is symptomatic of a rising moral panic in Australia about the political activities of Chinese students.
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