Can Chinawood Win Soft Power for Beijing?

Feb 19, 2021

With movie theaters closed all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hollywood studios had little reason for celebration over the past year. In business for over a century, Universal Pictures (founded in 1912), Paramount (1912), Warner Bros. (1923), Walt Disney (1923) and Columbia Pictures...

Fault Lines in Biden’s Approach to China
Feb 18, 2021

Fault Lines in Biden’s Approach to China

How Tough Is Biden Prepared to Look?
Feb 11, 2021

How Tough Is Biden Prepared to Look?

Is China the New Champion of Globalization?

Is China the New Champion of Globalization?

Forecasting the US-China Relationship

Forecasting the US-China Relationship

Jan 18, 2021

With a new US administration about to be inaugurated, it is prudent to look at the dynamics and variables shaping the future of one of the world’s most important relationships, that between Washington and Beijing. President Donald Trump came into office looking to take a more aggressive approach...

In China’s Net City, Opportunity Comes at Uncertain Costs

In China’s Net City, Opportunity Comes at Uncertain Costs

Jan 12, 2021

The one thing the city of Shenzhen — whose nearly 13 million people comprise the industrial engine of China’s Guangdong province — seems unwilling to reimagine is its name. The name Shenzhen, which loosely translates to “irrigation ditch” or “drainage dump,” is the only piece of the...

The Road Leading to the India-China Standoff

The Road Leading to the India-China Standoff

Dec 02, 2020

The reason for the China-India standoff in the Galwan Valley may not be the oft-mentioned construction of the Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie (DSDBO) road. The new thoroughfare improved Indian logistics in the Ladakh area, meaning that supplies and troops can be deployed with far greater speed....

In Asia, a New Kid on the Trade Bloc

In Asia, a New Kid on the Trade Bloc

Nov 16, 2020

History undergoes serious change thanks in particular to slow events that fly below the media’s radar. Focusing on dramatic, immediate events, the media tends to neglect the major shifts that unfold over time. Paradoxically, slowly developing events that often go unreported tell the true story...

Welcome Back, America?

Welcome Back, America?

Nov 13, 2020

America may well be divided about Donald Trump, but the rest of the world isn’t. The soon-to-be-former president has gotten high marks in the Philippines and Israel, a passing grade in a couple of African countries and India, and dismal reviews pretty much everywhere else. US allies in...

Why Is the US Losing Against China in an Espionage War?

Why Is the US Losing Against China in an Espionage War?

Oct 26, 2020

Chinese espionage cases in the US have assumed alarming proportions. On July 7, Christopher Wray, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, declared: “We’ve now reached the point where the FBI is opening a new China-related counterintelligence case about every 10 hours. Of the...

Does Beijing Prefer Biden or Trump?

Does Beijing Prefer Biden or Trump?

Oct 20, 2020

Few major events occur in the world now occur without China having a stake, directly or indirectly, in their outcome. That is because Beijing has become a force to be reckoned with, and its influence has grown to rival or even surpass that of the US in many parts of the world. Just as elections...

Will Laos Become a Model for China’s Economic Colonialism?

Will Laos Become a Model for China’s Economic Colonialism?

Oct 16, 2020

The small Southeast Asian nation of Laos stands out as a success story in COVID-19 control. With only 23 confirmed cases, it has gradually lifted lockdown measures. Success on the medical front, however, will not be enough to carry the country through the economic whiplash that pandemic...

China-India Clash Wakes Up Tibet’s Ghost of Independence

China-India Clash Wakes Up Tibet’s Ghost of Independence

Oct 07, 2020

Wildfires have been burning in California, Brazil and Siberia. Brexit is causing unending headaches in both Europe and the UK. The American election campaign has kicked off in high gear. Deaths from COVID-19 have crossed one million. US President Donald Trump’s taxes were the talk of the town,...

Will China’s Digital Currency Revolutionize Global Payments?

Will China’s Digital Currency Revolutionize Global Payments?

Oct 05, 2020

China is well on its way to becoming a cashless society. More than 600 million Chinese already use Alibaba’s Alipay and Tencent’s WeChat Pay to pay for much of what they purchase. Between them, the two companies control approximately 90% of China’s mobile payments market, which totaled some...

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