Has Obama Driven Trump into a Conflict with China?
Politics,China
By John F. Copper - 11 Jan 2017

Has Obama Driven Trump into a Conflict with China?

It appears that US President Barack Obama has implemented, or at least has not opposed or sought to block, legislation to birdcage President-elect Donald Trump on future relations with China. He has “arranged” difficulties for Trump’s future attempts to get along with Beijing.
The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: Parsing the Legal Aspects
Security,Hotspots,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 10 Jan 2017

The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: Parsing the Legal Aspects

Historical Memories: A Critical Factor in China’s Japan Policy
Politics,China,East Asia

By Amrita Jash - 09 Jan 2017

Historical Memories: A Critical Factor in China’s Japan Policy

The Coming Trade War Between the US and China
Politics,Economy,China

The Coming Trade War Between the US and China

Asia watchers are anxiously awaiting US President-elect Donald Trump’s first actions after his inauguration, in particular whether he will carry out his threat of designating China as a currency manipulator. Such a designation will allow US to institute punitive tariffs on Chinese imports.
Taiwan: Trump’s Bargaining Chip in US-China Relations?
Politics,China,East Asia

Taiwan: Trump’s Bargaining Chip in US-China Relations?

Since Taiwan remains China’s core interest, Trump’s motive of simply using Taiwan as leverage against China could be very difficult — if not dangerous — especially if he continues to disregard the One China policy.
By Wei Luo - 03 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
São Tomé and Príncipe Establishes Ties with China: Why is this Important?
Politics,China

São Tomé and Príncipe Establishes Ties with China: Why is this Important?

In mid to late December 2016, the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe established diplomatic relations with China and broke with Taiwan. The event attracted considerable media attention and evoked speculation as to its significance.
The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: More Than Meets the Eye
Security,Hotspots,China

The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: More Than Meets the Eye

On 16 December, the US Department of Defense announced that it had issued a formal protest to China demanding the return of an underwater drone. After several days of verbal tit-for tat, China returned the drone. The US Navy is determining whether the seizure was a “low-level” action by the sailors or a top down message by senior Chinese leaders.
The US Underwater Drone is not Entitled to Sovereign Immunity
Security,Hotspots,China

The US Underwater Drone is not Entitled to Sovereign Immunity

The US asserted that the underwater drone seized by China enjoyed sovereign immunity. Its argument is legally flawed if one takes a closer look at the rules of sovereign immunity in the law of the sea and how the US navy applies the drone to its missions.
By Yan Yan - 27 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Correcting China’s Current Debt Levels
Economy,China

Correcting China’s Current Debt Levels

China’s debt level is increasing, along with toxic debts on its balance sheet. This situation can be compared to Taiwan and South Korea before the financial crisis hit in the 1990s. China may be able to use the same strategies adopted by them to overcome threats to its economy.  
The Trump Challenge in US-China Relations
Politics,China,East Asia

The Trump Challenge in US-China Relations

Trump’s unexpected phone call with Taiwan’s leader, his ensuing tweets swiping at China’s currency policy and military buildup in the South China Sea and his interview on December 11 suggesting he might tear up the “one China” policy hit some of the most sensitive issues in US-China relations.
By Zhiqun Zhu - 14 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Taming China’s Stock Markets: Is the Anti-Graft Drive Working?
Economy,China

Taming China’s Stock Markets: Is the Anti-Graft Drive Working?

An unprecedented stock rout in the summer of 2015 led to draconian anti-graft investigations into officials and executives in China’s financial sectors, with at least eight officials in the China Securities Regulatory Commission being detained.
By Gang Chen - 13 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The Maritime Silk Road and South China Sea Disputes
Politics,Hotspots,China

The Maritime Silk Road and South China Sea Disputes

Southeast Asian countries have two serious concerns which might increase distrust between China and ASEAN, and this may become a bottleneck of the MSR construction. One is about China’s nine-dash line, and the other is whether China is undermining ASEAN’s unity.
By Hong Zhao - 12 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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