G20 Hangzhou Summit and UN 2030 Agenda
Aug 22, 2016
Strategies to stabilize world commodities and promote industrialization in Africa are key to achieving the goals of global governance and for sustainable growth. Giving less-developed nations outside the G20 an economic boost is a necessary commitment if any long-term global strategies are to be successful.
Blinkered Justice at The Hague on the South China Sea
Aug 22, 2016
The arbitral panel had an opportunity to chart a constructive approach to one of the foremost legal questions of the Asia-Pacific. However, where it should have chosen to foster mutually cooperative tendencies on ill-understood provisions of the law, the award performed a disservice with consequences that will reverberate for a considerable time to come.
A Line In the Sea
Aug 22, 2016
It is unlikely that the decision by The Hague on the Philippines case will settle all of these matters. That said, one can envision a path forward, beginning with an immediate freeze on all activities in the disputed territories. That would lower tensions, allowing everyone to take a deep breath.
Finance & Economy
Negative Interest Rates Aggravate Global Economy
Aug 24, 2016
The tool of negative interest rates has not worked, but has spread to dangerous levels. If the current global crisis bailout methods are not fundamentally reformed, and the old policy options continue to be applied, the possibility of another global crisis in the future can not be ruled out.
Foreign Policy
More Positive Energy Needed in Sino-U.S. Ties
Aug 18, 2016
Difference and rivalry exist between China and the US, but it is also true that they share common interests and need cooperation. This “rivalry plus cooperation” relationship will continue, despite talk of war that some fear could develop into a self-fulfilling prophesy.
Finance & Economy
China, Central Asia, and Conspiracy Theories
Aug 17, 2016
Incomprehension of the Chinese foreign policy goals in Central Asia by local elites, in addition to a historic legacy of confrontation between the Chinese empire and Central Asian nomadic tribes, serves as a fertile ground for the popularisation of speculative knowledge. As a result, Chinese initiatives in the region are clouded by rumours and conspiracies.
Peace & Security
Why the U.S.-South Korea Missile Shield Could Provoke China to Develop Advanced Weaponry
Aug 19, 2016
The author argues that the agreement to deploy THAAD to South Korea may mark the first major step in a slow shift towards more strategically mandated Chinese missile development.
Finance & Economy
Leading the Way for World Economic Growth
Aug 16, 2016
Despite challenging times, by embracing innovation the Hangzhou G20 Summit will help bring about sustainable, strong and balanced global growth and chart a new direction for world economic development, namely, towards an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy.
Foreign Policy
Trump, Clinton and Washington's China Policy
Aug 10, 2016
Rather than focusing on the nominees’ rhetoric, Professor Timothy Webster explores their actions vis-à-vis China and the international economy during their respective careers. Whoever wins in November, the next administration will likely enact a China policy stressing economic engagement, person-to-person interaction, and cooperation on a wide range of global challenges — despite fundamental disagreements with China about a number of issues.
Finance & Economy
China-U.S. BIT Could Be a Treat to the Global Economy
Aug 11, 2016
Despite US claims that China has too many restrictions on investment, and a US election year that’s elevated anti-trade forces, both countries have every reason to move quickly to complete a bilateral trade agreement.
Foreign Policy
ROK: The Biggest Loser of THAAD
Aug 09, 2016
Seoul should fully understand the consequences of THAAD in the ROK, reverse the deployment decision and cooperate with countries concerned in an effort to force the DPRK to abandon its nuclear project and mitigate the tense situation in the Korean Peninsula. THAAD will only produce two winners: the U.S. and the DPRK.