Trump’s Emerging Policy Towards China and the South China Sea
Politics,China
By Mark J. Valencia - 23 Jun 2017

Trump’s Emerging Policy Towards China and the South China Sea

The outlines of the Trump administration’s policy toward China and the South China Sea are emerging from a fog of confusing and contradictory statements and actions. It is beginning to look more or less like a continuation of that of the Obama administration, with some new twists.
China’s Role in the Asia-Pacific Region
Economy,China

By Tai Wei Lim - 14 Jun 2017

China’s Role in the Asia-Pacific Region

India, Nepal and the Belt and Road Initiative: A Triangular Analysis
Economy,China,South Asia

By Rishi Gupta - 05 Jun 2017

India, Nepal and the Belt and Road Initiative: A Triangular Analysis

Missing Links in the Implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative
Economy,China

Missing Links in the Implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative

With deepening cooperation between China and countries along the Belt and Road, more needs to be done in institutional arrangement, policy chains, risk assessment and control as well as communication at different levels.
Beijing’s “Summit Blue”: What Does It Say about China’s Smog Woes?
Environment,China

Beijing’s “Summit Blue”: What Does It Say about China’s Smog Woes?

When world leaders gathered in Beijing for the first Belt and Road Forum in May 2017, they were greeted by clear blue skies. However, five days after the conclusion of the Forum, Beijing residents braced for another round of polluted days caused by photochemical smog.
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The Belt and Road Initiative and “Restored” Globalization
China

The Belt and Road Initiative and “Restored” Globalization

Opponents of the Belt and Road Initiative see it as part of China’s grand strategy to assert its power and influence. A counternarrative embedded in the BRI’s developmental approach to be pursued multilaterally is that it is instead restoring globalization.
Japan Signals Possible AIIB Membership
Economy,China,East Asia

Japan Signals Possible AIIB Membership

On May 15, 2017, Japan signaled its intention to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank initiated by Beijing. The condition is for the AIIB to address Japan’s concerns about the environmental impact of AIIB-funded projects and other matters.
By Tai Wei Lim - 23 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Maritime Silk Road in World History
Economy,China

The Maritime Silk Road in World History

Technology and the establishment of trading outposts along maritime coastal lines were some of the important developments that culminated in what would eventually be known as the Maritime Silk Road.
By Tai Wei Lim - 03 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Harmony in a World of Contradictions
Society,China

Harmony in a World of Contradictions

We live in a world of contradictions. However, there is no doubt that the Chinese mind and heart prefer to emphasize harmony. Confucius speaks of the Middle Way. Facing a dilemma, a person would choose not to go to extremes.
Does a “Rising China” Pose a Threat to the US and the Region?
Politics,China

Does a “Rising China” Pose a Threat to the US and the Region?

The greatest concern stems from China’s potential hegemonic status in the world and “the ideological incompatibility of China with the Western value system.” However, the only aspect which can be considered a threat is when there are challenges to China’s core national interests.
China’s Mega-Urbanization Woes
Society,China

China’s Mega-Urbanization Woes

China has achieved urbanization in about 30 years, a process that took the West more than a century. However, if we look closely, the journey has been perilous and quality has suffered, not to mention there are many uncertainties that abound in the urban landscape.
Conceptualizing the Belt and Road Initiative as an International Regime
Economy,China

Conceptualizing the Belt and Road Initiative as an International Regime

Chinese President Xi Jinping, in his visits to Central and Southeast Asia in 2013, unveiled the goals of building the Belt and Road to be policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration, and people-to-people bonds.
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