Maritime Delimitation in the Gulf of Tonkin is Too Important to be Ignored
May 29, 2015
While it runs counter to the notion that China is “aggressive” in the South China Sea, the maritime delimitation agreement with Vietnam is important for both media and international scholars to study for a deeper understanding of China’s practice in dispute resolution.
A South China Sea U.S. Warship Route
May 28, 2015
South China Sea territorial claims — at least in Reed Bank — is really about energy. If all sides recast dangerous nationalistic posturing to more hard-headed economic calculation, it opens the way for more rational, mutual gain negotiations. These could center upon joint development of South China Sea resources. This, as an alternative to war.
Chinese Commit $10 Billion to Build Train from Peru to Brazil
May 26, 2015
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang promised $50 billion in funding for a trans-oceanic railroad from Peru to Brazil, which politicians in Latin America have been dreaming to build for decades. However, an unforgiving geography and political disputes could prove challenging.
            
Culture & History
When It Comes to Luxury Brands, Chinese Youth are “Not Buying It”
May 29, 2015
Value formation and identity construction are the deepest pursuits of Chinese youth today, and consumerism appealingly offers the opportunity to form identities based on the choices they make. Luxury brands are being closely identified with corruption, and being avoided as a source of identity and expression.
Foreign Policy
South China Sea Issue Tests China-US Relations
May 26, 2015
The maritime issue casts a dark shadow on the cooperation between the two countries in the wake of tenser contests in the South China Sea. It is time to prevent this difference from dominating the bilateral relationship.
Peace & Security
The Tian’anmen Parade and the International Order
May 28, 2015
Beijing’s celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of world war is meant to project China as a peace-loving country determined to prevent such trauma from happening again. If the rise of China is the most important event in the 21 century, the message from the Tian’anmen Square parade is clear: The PLA can help to make the world a safer place.
Foreign Policy
Many Voices Shape U.S. Outlook on China
May 26, 2015
While the US president is the architect of foreign policy, its development is both a top-down and bottom-up process. As the 2016 election approaches, it’s important to listen to those at operational levels within the government and scholars in academic circles, to see how the public consensus about the US-China relationship is evolving.
Foreign Policy
Kerry’s Visit to China
May 27, 2015
The Secretary of State deepened the understanding between two countries at this critical time, but the chatter around the visit reminds both countries that consensus is easy to reach but hard to actualize. Upcoming high-level meetings, including President Xijping’s September State visit to Washington, provide opportunities to expand that critical understanding.
Peace & Security
THAAD Follows Kerry to Seoul and Beijing
May 26, 2015
Amidst Chinese and U.S. opposition, North Korea has amplified its pressure on South Korea and allies through its weapons development. However, China has opposed U.S. deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korea, which could halt progress.
Peace & Security
What Is New in the US DOD’s Report on China’s Military
May 20, 2015
This year’s analysis unreasonably suggests China has abandoned the non-confrontational approach of Deng Xiaoping’s 24-character guideline. The drumbeat of repetitiously negative reports from the Pentagon, despite applauding the growing cooperation between the two countries’ militaries, more often than not hurt the goodwill and hope of the Chinese people and its army to improve China-US relations.
Culture & History
Chinese Americans Continue to Be Victimized by Racial Profiling
May 22, 2015
America welcomes immigrants and they come from all over the world. For Chinese-Americans, the dark side of this land of opportunity is that they continue to be victimized by the law enforcement’s hair trigger inclination to prosecute according to a racial profile.