Tillerson Goes Off Half-Cocked on China

    By Mark J. Valencia Jan. 16, 2017
    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.”

    China’s USD 40 Billion Investment in Nigeria

    By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim on Jan. 18, 2017

    What is the Cause of China’s Capital Flight?

    By Wen Xin Lim on Jan. 17, 2017

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

    By Yanzhuo Xu on Jan. 12, 2017
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Economy,China

China’s USD 40 Billion Investment in Nigeria

On January 11, 2017, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi announced that China will be investing an additional USD 40 billion in Nigeria, on top of China’s USD 45 billion in existing investments in the country.  
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim   |  Jan.18, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
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Economy,China

What is the Cause of China’s Capital Flight?

In 2015, China’s capital outflow rose to nearly USD 1 trillion. The exodus of capital continued to surge in 2016, which prompted the government’s efforts in imposing new restrictions on yuan movements.
By Wen Xin Lim   |  Jan.17, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...

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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   |  Jan.12, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
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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.
By John F. Copper  |  Jan.11, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
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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.
By Mark J. Valencia   |  Jan.10, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
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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  |  Jan.09, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
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Society,Security

The Afghan War Stalemate: Neither Winning nor Losing

Since the International Security Assistance Force drawdown from Afghanistan in December 2014, America’s ad-hoc and confusing policies, the incompetence of the Afghan government, and the Taliban’s inflexibility to peace talks have complicated the stalemate of the Afghan conflict.
By Abdul Basit   |  Jan.06, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
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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.
By Peter Kien-hong Yu  |  Jan.05, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
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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.
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim   |  Jan.04, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
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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  |  Jan.03, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...

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The South China Sea: The Pots Are Calling the Kettle Black

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The Recent China-US Airplane Incident: More than Meets the Eye

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On Freedom of Navigation in the South China Sea

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Is China Building a Maritime Militia?

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The South China Sea: After the Big Bang

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Brexit Vote: The Predicaments of Western Democracy

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Indian Claims of Surgical Strikes: Separating Fact from Fiction

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Elements of a South China Sea Deal: Saving Face and Making Money

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Europe’s New Aristocracy

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Circles and Circles: An Artistic Look at China’s Nation Building

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Creating a South China Common Market to Address Hong Kong and Taiwan Issues

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Why China Does Not Accept or Recognize the South China Sea Arbitration by the Philippines?

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China’s Economic Gifts as Extension of its Foreign Policy

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Uber China-Didi Deal: Who Gains? Who Loses?

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Five Misconceptions of China’s Domestic and Foreign Policies in the West

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Prospects for Taiwan’s New Southeast Asia Policy

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