The Aspiration for Asia-Europe Connectivity Reaching across Continents
Jul 31, 2015
More than 60 countries and institutions have embraced President Xi Jinping’s call for connectivity programs both within Asia and between Asia and Europe, both by land and by the sea, to strengthen traditional infrastructure and build highways of trade, finance, and cultural exchange.
Obama’s African Trip Reflects More than Symbols
Jul 31, 2015
China and the U.S. share common interests but very different approaches in Africa. If the two countries can explore possibilities to realize bilateral security cooperation and work to maintain peace and stability in the continent, they can set the stage for a new type of major-country relations that rises about fierce competition.
Seeking an Elusive Balance in U.S. Attitudes toward China
Jul 27, 2015
American hawks who regard China as an implacable geopolitical adversary exhibit an unhealthy foreign policy perspective. But U.S. leaders and the American public also need to be careful not to lean too far in the other direction—toward an appeasement policy toward Beijing.
            
Peace & Security
What to Do with U.S. Military Might?
Jul 30, 2015
The new Pentagon strategy is a throw-back to Cold War thinking and contrary to the world view of America’s founding fathers. It may pose a new barrier to developing new major-power relations in a multi-polar world, unless all sides seek a cooperative approach.
Foreign Policy
Finding New Order
Jul 31, 2015
Whether the world’s nations can adjust to changes and to work with instead of working against the new arrivals on the world stage is going to be a major test. China has chosen to integrate itself into the international order, and has greatly benefited from being part of it, so China should be seen as a partner, not a competitor.
Political & Social Development
Bias and Ignorance Explain Reaction to China’s Draft Foreign NGO Management Law
Jul 30, 2015
Western press has negatively portrayed China’s Draft Foreign NGO Management Law, framing it as a drive to purge Western values from China. This misses China’s broadening citizen participation and NGOs established by the 2011 NPC.
Culture & History
What Uniqlo-gate Says about Chinese Youth Today
Jul 30, 2015
A controversial video filmed in Beijing’s Uniqlo, and subsequent media bonanza, is illustrative of the power that brands have on Chinese youth as a mode of self-actualization – and consumption of rebellion at a distance.
Foreign Policy
Aung San Suu Kyi's Trip to China: Sino-Myanmar Relations as the Countdown to the November Elections Begins
Jul 29, 2015
National League for Democracy party leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, recently led a delegation to China to discuss increasingly strained tensions. Overall, Sino-Myanmar ties remain fairly strong and Chinese investment is particularly important to Myanmar.
Finance & Economy
Market Manipulation Goes Global
Jul 29, 2015
Quantitative easing (QE) is utilized by U.S. and European banks to manipulate asset prices and provide stimulus to asset-dependent economies. China’s market manipulation is no less blatant, but is distinct in its aim to promote new markets.
Peace & Security
Iranian Deal - A Win for Multilateralism
Jul 23, 2015
The most fundamental driving force for the pact is the profound and deepening development toward a multipolar world. Economic globalization has closely integrated the interests of all countries, and the conception of a community of common destiny for all mankind has taken root, replacing the sort of unilateralism most recently practiced by the United States.
Peace & Security
Escalating U.S.-Sino Military Space Rhetoric
Jul 21, 2015
Given the accepted narrative of the space environment as congested, contested and competitive, the U.S. has been told to deter, defend and defeat Chinese challenges in space. This rhetoric wrongfully assumes challenge and elides preemption with prevention.