In the Face of China’s Successes, “Haters” Are Grasping at Straws
China
By Mark J. Valencia - 24 Nov 2017

In the Face of China’s Successes, “Haters” Are Grasping at Straws

In the wake of China’s spectacular advances on many fronts, economic, technological, military, diplomatic and others, haters are grasping at straws of hope for its failure. The rising chorus of whistling by the graveyard comes on the heels of Trump’s first visit to Asia.  
A New Warmth in Sino-Vietnam Relations
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

By Amrita Jash - 24 Nov 2017

A New Warmth in Sino-Vietnam Relations

Cross-Strait Relations: Forced Unification is Politically Unwise for China
Politics,China

By Xiaolin Duan - 13 Nov 2017

Cross-Strait Relations: Forced Unification is Politically Unwise for China

China’s “Four Sha” Claim: Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill
Hotspots,China

China’s “Four Sha” Claim: Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill

According to Bill Gertz in the Washington Free Beacon, “the Chinese government recently unveiled a new legal tactic to promote Beijing’s aggressive claim to own most of the strategic South China Sea.” Gertz calls this “new” claim the “Four Sha.”
China’s Politics and Economy: Where To from Here?
Politics,Economy,China

China’s Politics and Economy: Where To from Here?

While President Xi has amassed great powers, he is also facing formidable challenges confronting China. He has to manage China’s maturing economy, upgrade quality of life for the middle class, and ensure sustainable growth with less detriments to the environment.
By Tai Wei Lim - 27 Oct 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Can China and India Reset Ties?
China,South Asia

Can China and India Reset Ties?

China and India seem to be resetting ties. Li Xiasan, the Organization Department head of Yunnan Province and Central Committee member of the Communist Party, visited India in September 2017, becoming the first Chinese official to visit India since the Doklam standoff.
Are Redundant US Naval FONOPs in the South China Sea Necessary?
Hotspots,China

Are Redundant US Naval FONOPs in the South China Sea Necessary?

On October 10, 2017, the US executed yet another FONOP challenging what it says are illegal Chinese claims in the South China Sea. So why does the US Navy deem it necessary to keep repeating specific kinetic challenges to the same specific claim?
China’s 19th Party Congress and Leadership Renewal
Politics,China

China’s 19th Party Congress and Leadership Renewal

In the lead up to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, there have been many predictions about who’s in and who’s out of the Politburo Standing Committee, fueled by observers’ fascination about political struggles, cliques, successor regime, etc.
China’s 19th Party Congress and Implications for Hong Kong
Politics,China

China’s 19th Party Congress and Implications for Hong Kong

The 19th Party Congress will be a public line-up of top officials who will be handpicked by President Xi to navigate China’s future. After the Congress, China is likely to align Hong Kong’s economic development closer to its own interests and national priorities.  
By Tai Wei Lim - 13 Oct 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
China Invests in Canada’s Alberta Oil Sands
Economy,China

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.
By Tai Wei Lim - 11 Oct 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
China, US Both Using Lawfare in the South China Sea
Hotspots,China

China, US Both Using Lawfare in the South China Sea

Lawfare is “a form of asymmetric warfare, consisting of using the legal system against an enemy, such as by damaging or delegitimizing them, tying up their time or winning a public relations victory.” China and the US both use it with regard to the South China Sea.  
China Pledges Billions of Dollars for Belt and Road Projects
Economy,China

China Pledges Billions of Dollars for Belt and Road Projects

As of July 2017, China has allocated more than USD 100 billion to pay for Belt and Road Initiaitve projects, including the massive USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and a pan-Asian high-speed railway.
By Tai Wei Lim - 03 Oct 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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