The Globalization Disconnect
Jul 29, 2016
The lesson of Donald Trump and Brexit is that while elegant in theory, globalization suffers in practice. Those who worship at the altar of free trade – including me – must come to grips with this glaring disconnect.
Do Brazil’s Olympic Preparations Bode that Their Current Form Is Unsustainable for Beijing?
Jul 29, 2016
In the run-up to Rio, the next three Olympic hosts, all Asian nations, must understand the broader implications and global expectations that come with hosting this event. The Olympics may have grown too weighed down by excessive external baggage to be sustainable in their current form, something that will have to be taken into account moving forward.
The Implications of the Award’s Reasoning on Offshore Archipelagos
Jul 29, 2016
An EEZ claimed from the Spratly Islands as a unit could re-invigorate tensions between the two super-powers on the legality of military activities in the EEZ. China should carefully consider the long-term ramifications of a straight baseline declaration, not only in terms of its legality but also in terms of the impact it could have on an already volatile situation.
            
Culture & History
Explaining America’s Gun Culture to China
Jul 27, 2016
How might a Chinese intelligence analyst explain the United States’ obsession with firearms? Franz-Stefan Gady begins by analyzing its historical origin tied to a national myth. High-profile mass-shootings, paired with a growing discontent with the ruling elite, and the continuous exploitation of American history by powerful civil liberty interest groups, will induce a knee-jerk reaction among Americans that it will be the gun rather than the law that will ultimately protect them from harm.
Peace & Security
Would the U.S. Really Risk Los Angeles for Taipei?
Jul 28, 2016
Taiwan long has been one of the globe’s most dangerous tripwires. Would the U.S. really risk Los Angeles for Taipei, as one Chinese general famously asked? Washington officials hope never to have to answer that question, but the recent Taiwanese missile misfire offers a dramatic reminder of the danger of guaranteeing other nations’ security.
Finance & Economy
Trade Protectionism Will Harm China-U.S. Relations
Jul 29, 2016
The US wants China to deepen its market-oriented reform and maintain social stability, and on the other, it demands that China reduce its excess capacity immediately. These two tasks are obviously contradictory, and now that China has become the largest trading partner of the US, a cooperative approach by both sides is both logical and necessary.
Political & Social Development
Why the Race to the White House Is Hard to Predict
Jul 27, 2016
The rise in populism and nationalism could well undermine Clinton's dream to be America’s first woman president, but in this surprising year those forces provide no guarantees for Trump, either.
Finance & Economy
Trade Facts: China’s Exchange Rate & U.S. Trade Deficit
Jul 27, 2016
We often hear that China “manipulates its currency” and harms the U.S. economy. Some say if we punish China as a manipulator or slap tariffs on Chinese goods it would reduce our trade deficit. But what does currency manipulation mean? More importantly, would tariffs on Chinese goods help our economy?
Peace & Security
Beijing, Moscow and THAAD: Managing the Fall-Out
Jul 26, 2016
The U.S. Defense Department recently announced that the U.S. Forces Korea Command will station a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery in the Republic of Korea (ROK) as a defensive measure against North Korea. But Russian and Chinese representatives have expressed concern about how THAAD could affect strategic stability, alliance relations, and global influence.
Peace & Security
While Washington Looks Elsewhere, Taiwan Tensions Grow
Jul 26, 2016
U.S. leaders have become complacent about Taiwan. Americans need to ask themselves what level of risk they are willing to take to defend Taiwan. The U.S. is obligated to assist the island under the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, and as China grows stronger militarily, Taiwan deserves more attention than it is receiving in the U.S.
Peace & Security
What Is in Store for Taiwan After the Arbitration?
Jul 25, 2016
Tsai Ing-wen should give up unrealistic expectations on the US-Japan “values alliance”, and reconsider Taiwan’s role in the South China Sea issue. It’s not too late for her to look at the history of the Chinese nation and link up that history with Taiwan’s future and corresponding rights to Taiping Island.