China & Taiwan

Putin Is Doing Xi’s Dirty Work (and the West Is Helping Him)

Ultimately, Russia and the West can and should be partners, not Russia and China. The infrastructure is in place: numerous oil and gas pipelines, extensive rail connections, and convenient ports. Russia and the West face common challenges from China,...

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Xi’s Gotta Have It: China’s 20th Party Congress Was as Expected, Only More So

Bottom Line The 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party confirmed China’s turn, during the Xi Jinping era, to concentration of power in the hands of the top leader, dominance of the party over the state, economy and...

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Biden’s National Security Strategy: A New Era in Eurasia

Editor’s Note This is the fourth in a series on the Biden administration’s National Security Strategy. Please read our previous essays on President Joe Biden’s overall grand strategy and strategy toward Asia and the Middle East.  Bottom Line Russia’s...

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The Chinese Communist Party’s 20th Party Congress: What Happened…and Didn’t

Bottom Line Xi Jinping is aware of major problems that will hinder China’s ability to reach wealthy nation status but presents no clear blueprint other than self-purification of the party for solving them China’s assertive international policies are likely...

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The New US National Security Strategy: Four Takeaways for Asia Policy

Editor’s Note This is the second in a series on the Biden administration’s National Security Strategy. The first essay examines President Joe Biden’s grand strategy.  Bottom Line The new National Security Strategy (NSS) explicitly prioritizes China and the Indo-Pacific...

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Biden Takes on Grand Strategy

Editor’s Note This is the first article in a series on the Biden administration’s new National Security Strategy.  Bottom Line The National Security Strategy aims to break down the separation between “domestic” and “foreign” policy—but does not provide a...

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The Uses and Abuses of the UN’s ‘China Resolution’

Editor’s Note: The People’s Republic of China asserts that UN General Assembly Resolution 2758—which gave Beijing the “Chinese seat” at the United Nations—adopts the country’s “One China Principle” and that member states thereby accepted that Taiwan is a part...

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Central Asia and China’s Taiwan Dilemma

The existence of the Republic of China in Taiwan as a separate entity from the People’s Republic of China in Beijing is the single largest threat to the survival of the Chinese Communist Party. For years, Beijing has pursued...

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Why Japan Needs to Talk to Taiwan

With China’s 20th National Congress approaching, Xi Jinping is expected to extend his tenure by another five years, making him the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong. Xi has stated that he will pursue reunification by 2049 as...

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Conflict in Eastern Congo: A Spark Away from a Regional Conflagration

The ongoing conflict in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has cost approximately six million lives since 1996, making it one of the deadliest conflicts in world history. Ethnic and geopolitical competition among DRC, Rwanda,...

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