Asia

India’s Neutrality and Strategic Relations with China, Russia, and the West

India has long prided itself on its strategically independent or non-aligned foreign policy.  But the 2022 Russian-Ukrainian War has put India’s approach to strategic independence under an international spotlight.  Although Indian leaders have often stated that their country’s strategic...

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Strategies Behind China and the Asia-Pacific’s Military Base Construction

Military bases are no rarity in the Asia-Pacific.  That is hardly a surprise given the frequency and length of conflicts that were waged across the region for much of the twentieth century.  But, in the decade-and-a-half after the Cold...

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The China Initiative and its Implications for American Universities

In a speech on Chinese threats to U.S. national security on January 31, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Christopher Wray emphasized ongoing attempts by the People’s Republic of China to spy on American companies and steal...

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Rare Earths, Scarce Metals, and the Struggle for Supply Chain Security

Alerted to their vulnerability on rare earths (REEs) when China threatened to withhold supplies to Japan in September 2010, industrialized countries began to be concerned with developing alternate sources.  For Japan in particular, REEs are indispensable to the production...

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative Meets Slowing Global Trade

During the early 2010s, developing countries were keen to get in on the global trade boom that brought prosperity to many countries, most famously China, over the prior quarter century.  At the Asian-African Conference in 2015, Chinese General Secretary...

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China’s Rare Earth Metals Consolidation and Market Power

Rare earth metals or “rare earths,” a collection of 17 elements that are valued for their conductive and magnetic properties, have made headlines again.  Over the past year and a half, their prices have risen to levels not seen...

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Beijing’s Olympic Moments, 2008 and 2022: How China and the Meaning of the Games Have, and Have Not, Changed

For China and for the world engaging with China, much has changed between the 2008 Summer Games and the 2022 Winter Olympics that the Chinese capital is hosting thirteen and a half years later.  Between the two Olympiads, China...

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Lithuania Fever in Taiwan: Can China Break It?

What do rum, milk, beer, and chocolate all have in common? Other than a fun night and an upset stomach, they all are recent purchases that have found their way from the Baltic country of Lithuania to Taiwan. The...

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Great Power Competition and Beijing’s Olympic Moment

The assessments and conclusions in this analysis are those of the author alone and do not necessarily represent those of National Defense University, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government. Despite unmistakable structural similarities in the geopolitical environment,...

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Tokyo, Beijing, and New Tensions Over Taiwan

Taiwan,  a perennially sensitive issue between Japan and China, gained increased salience in the run-up to Japanese elections in fall 2021. In separate incidents in late August and early September, a Chinese flotilla sailed through the waters between Taiwan...

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