China & Taiwan

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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China Provides no Solution for Taiwan

Once again, Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer was the focus of heated debate in ...

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Taiwan on (the) Edge

Over the past 30 years there have been many moments when Taiwan-watchers worked themselves into a tizzy worrying about the ...

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Kim Jong-un is Meeting World Leaders, but Does It Matter?

As leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un’s track record in international relations has been virtually unprecedented. On April 25, he met with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok, the Russian port city close to North Korea. He’s met with...

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The Rise of South Korea’s Defense Industry and Its Impact on South Korean Foreign Relations

South Korean foreign policy has understandably been focused on deterring acts of aggression by North Korea for the last 66 years. After all, the two Korean neighbors are technically still at war, though an armistice halted the major fighting...

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The Taiwan Relations Act at 40

April 10, 2019 marks forty years since the adoption of the Taiwan Relations Act. When President Jimmy Carter announced in December 1978 that the United States would, as part of normalization of U.S.-PRC relations, sever diplomatic ties and terminate...

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The Taiwan Relations Act: Charting a Stable Course for the U.S. in Asia

The Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) is a model of legal ingenuity spurred by political necessity. Jimmy Carter inherited Richard Nixon’s challenge, which was to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Nixon took the first step...

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The Taiwan Relations Act Turns 40, So What Now?

April 10 marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA). At the time of its passage in 1979, the law was an emergency consolation prize created by the U.S. Congress for the Republic of...

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