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  • Doug Bandow Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

    May 28 , 2019

    I recently flew to China for an academic conference on some of the geopolitical and security issues dividing Washington and Beijing. I had attended the same event two years before and enjoyed the wide-ranging discussion. The conference was to bring together scholars from throughout Asia and beyond.

  • Robert I. Rotberg Founding Director of Program on Intrastate Conflict, Harvard Kennedy School

    May 20 , 2019

    In Africa there is a thriving black market in donkeys destined for China, but this demand has severe consequences for rural transport and small-scale merchandising in villages throughout the continent.

  • Qin Xiaoying Research Scholar, China Foundation For Int'l and Strategic Studies

    May 20 , 2019

    Among leaders and everyday Chinese alike, talk of social credit is rife. The goal of establishing a social credit regime by 2020 has led to targeting of malfeasance in all realms of society, from government conduct to business practices to individual fraud, in a sign that China’s leaders expect the country to raise its standards of accountability.

  • China-US Focus

    May 20 , 2019

    Pei had always been proud of his Chinese ancestry. He also was committed to his American lineage.

  • Minxin Pei Tom and Margot Pritzker ’72 Professor of Government , Claremont McKenna College

    May 17 , 2019

    Late last month at a security forum in Washington, DC, Kiron Skinner, Director of Policy Planning for the US Department of State, described today’s US-China conflict as “a fight with a really different civilization and a different ideology, and the United States hasn’t had that before.” As a trial balloon, this apparent attempt to define the Trump administration’s confrontation with China did not fly.

  • Hannah Feldshuh Analyst

    May 15 , 2019

    There are clear consequences to deteriorating quality and reciprocity in China-U.S. educational exchange. Lack of understanding of the differences between both political systems means that policy will be crafted based on outdated information.

  • Jacob Hafey Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) candidate, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

    May 10 , 2019

    A series of serendipitous interactions between Chinese and American ping-pong players helped thaw the ice between their two governments in the 1970s. The shocking success of “ping-pong diplomacy” shows the unexpectedly major role that can sports can play in bridging hostile divides and bringing together former foes on a common playing field.

  • Philip Cunningham Independent Scholar

    May 08 , 2019

    Racing for the exit in bilateral exchange programs threatens to take out of circulation the trust and goodwill that have helped both China and the U.S. prosper and keep the peace in one of the most remarkable bilateral relationships in history.

  • Robert I. Rotberg Founding Director of Program on Intrastate Conflict, Harvard Kennedy School

    Apr 30 , 2019

    Chinese and Vietnamese authorities are aware of the massive trade of poached animals. Both countries should ban the trafficking of animals from Africa, and launch a massive education campaign for consumers.

  • Mikaila Smith J.D. Candidate at the University of Chicago Law School

    Apr 30 , 2019

    For billions of people, not just in China, but all over the world, toxic air pollution is a daily fact of life. To change this, we must address consumerist lifestyles, short-term values and profit-driven frameworks that have spurred climate change and created deadly environmental problems such as air pollution.

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