Asia

China’s Hong Kong Quandary

Over recent weeks, Hong Kong has been repeatedly rocked by mass demonstrations protesting the actions of its governing authorities. What makes these demonstrations noteworthy and very important are their scale and their location. Protest organizers estimated the crowds at...

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Understanding the Hong Kong Extradition Law Protests

On January 29, the Hong Kong governent announced potential amendments to its extradition laws that would allow suspects to be extradited to countries with which the city has no formal extradition agreements. According to Chief Executive Carrie Lam, the...

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Donald Trump Goes to North Korea, but Does It Matter?

What really makes something “historic?” Surely, President Donald Trump’s steps onto North Korean soil were historic firsts. Just a couple of years ago—and this cannot be stressed enough—virtually everything that went down in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on June...

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Digging Deeper: Rare Earth Metals and the U.S.-China Trade War

In May 2019, Chinese President Xi Jinping made a well-publicized visit to a rare-earth-metals company in Jiangxi province. On the same day, he gave a speech in which he called on his country to prepare for a “new Long...

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Xi Jinping in North Korea: Significant, but No Game Changer  

Chinese President Xi Jinping is heading to Pyongyang for the first state visit by a Chinese leader to North Korea in well over ten years. It’s a high-profile event, and given how stalled the diplomatic process is between the...

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China Invades Taiwan—Sort Of

On a recent trip to Taiwan, I visited the island of Kinmen, one of Taiwan’s outlying islands located off the coast of China’s Fujian Province. Kinmen, more commonly known as Quemoy to a Western audience for its role in...

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The New Long March: Trade War between China and the United States

When Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping meet at the G-20 summit in June 2019, there are hopes that they ...

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The 2019 Shangri La Dialogue: Not Quite the Land of Peace and Harmony

Each year since its founding in 2002, high-ranking officials of Asian-Pacific states gather for what is billed as the area’s ...

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America and China Without Illusions

China has long occupied a special place in the American imagination.  In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Americans ...

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China’s New International Commercial Courts: Threat or Opportunity?

In January 2018, the Chinese Communist Party put forward a Central Committee Opinion developing the idea for creating a Chinese ...

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