As Trump Takes Office, China Bashers Are Having a Field Day
Politics,Hotspots,China
By Mark J. Valencia - 20 Jan 2017

As Trump Takes Office, China Bashers Are Having a Field Day

In the run-up to Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States, advocates of a more aggressive US foreign policy towards China unleashed a barrage of hawkish commentaries and proposals. Most comments focused on China’s behavior in the South China Sea.
Stormy Weather Ahead for Taiwan’s Politics
Politics,East Asia

By Dongtao Qi - 20 Jan 2017

Stormy Weather Ahead for Taiwan’s Politics

Tillerson Goes Off Half-Cocked on China
Politics,Hotspots,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 16 Jan 2017

Tillerson Goes Off Half-Cocked on China

Why Trump’s Great Bargain on Taiwan Won’t Work
Politics,East Asia

Why Trump’s Great Bargain on Taiwan Won’t Work

US President-elect Donald Trump might meet Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen on her stopover visit to the US close to his inauguration. It seems that the price of Taiwan is going higher and higher, yet could Trump really get what he wants in the bargain?  
By Yanzhuo Xu - 12 Jan 2017 | 1 comments Read more...
Has Obama Driven Trump into a Conflict with China?
Politics,China

Has Obama Driven Trump into a Conflict with China?

It appears that US President Barack Obama has implemented, or at least has not opposed or sought to block, legislation to birdcage President-elect Donald Trump on future relations with China. He has “arranged” difficulties for Trump’s future attempts to get along with Beijing.
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...
Deciphering Tsai Ing-wen’s Next Moves
Politics,East Asia

Deciphering Tsai Ing-wen’s Next Moves

The call between Tsai and Trump has shattered the status quo. If Trump and his advisors still choose to not to understand China’s mind and heart, Beijing may have no choice but, for example, to establish diplomatic relations with those 21 countries which still support Taipei.
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.
2016: A Breakthrough Year for Populism
Politics,Economy,Society

2016: A Breakthrough Year for Populism

2016 was a breakthrough year for populism, highlighted by the victory of the “leave” campaign in the UK’s Brexit referendum in June, and Donald Trump’s win in the US general elections in November.
The 1992 Consensus: Where do China and Taiwan Go From Here?
Politics,East Asia

The 1992 Consensus: Where do China and Taiwan Go From Here?

On November 30, 2016, Zhou Zhihuai, director of the Institute of Taiwan Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said that Beijing was not against establishing a new consensus to replace the “1992 consensus” while at the same time reflecting or embodying the One China principle.
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