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?

What Explains the COVID-19 East-West Divide?

What Explains the COVID-19 East-West Divide?

Jan 29, 2021

COVID-19 has been ruthless in choosing winners and losers around the world. The obvious “losers” have been those countries led by right-wing nationalists: Brazil, India, Russia, the United Kingdom and (until recently) the United States. These five countries are responsible for more than half...

No, the RCEP Is Not All About China

No, the RCEP Is Not All About China

Jan 25, 2021

Following the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on November 15, 2020, media reporting around the world has entered into fanfare mode. Western and Chinese media in particular are reporting on the free trade deal through the narrow lens of US-China competition,...

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...

Joe Biden Will Face a Much-Changed and Skeptical World

Joe Biden Will Face a Much-Changed and Skeptical World

Dec 14, 2020

Joe Biden was not elected for his positions on foreign policy and national security. Few US presidential candidates are. In his debates with outgoing President Donald Trump prior to the election, those issues were hardly discussed. So, the success or failure of the Biden presidency will not be...

Who Owns Intellectual Property?

Who Owns Intellectual Property?

Dec 10, 2020

John Bolton has done many things in his past, including serving as US ambassador to the United Nations and as national security adviser to President Donald Trump. Wikipedia calls him a “diplomat” because of the posts he has occupied, but both his discourse and his actions in the world of...

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....

The Rapid Growth of Emmanuel Macron’s Authoritarianism

The Rapid Growth of Emmanuel Macron’s Authoritarianism

Nov 25, 2020

In early October, French President Emmanuel Macron, as a preparation for the 2022 election, made the decision to mount a campaign blaming France’s Muslims for their failure to embrace the country’s increasingly dogmatic “Republican culture.” To counter Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration...

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...

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...

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