What Are China’s Core Interests?
Oct 21, 2014
Feng Zhaokui discusses the broader points of a 2011 whitepaper on “China’s Peaceful Development” – specifically the need to make address regional “hotspot” issues like the Diaoyu islands conflict with Japan. By solving the issues outlined, Feng argues regional stability alongside economic prosperity is possible.
A New Thaw in China-Japan Relations
Oct 21, 2014
Does Tokyo’s military buildup have something to do with the recent thaw in relations between China and Japan? Franz-Stefan Gady explores the recent tensions between the two nations and analyzes the changes being made to Japanese defense forces since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has taken power.
Find Electoral Reform That Works for Hong Kong and Beijing
Oct 16, 2014
Living in Hong Kong since 1995, Muhammad Cohen reflects on his experiences in his adopted hometown and offers suggestions for Hong Kong’s leadership and Beijing to find a way forward in electoral reforms.
Finance & Economy
Open Sesame: China’s Need for Continued Capital Market Reforms
Oct 20, 2014
Following Alibaba’s blockbuster initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, Curtis S. Chin examines rumors that Jack Ma will relocate his company to Hong Kong, where the rule of law is stronger, and discusses the need for further capital market reforms in the Middle Kingdom.
Foreign Policy
The India-Japan Global Partnership
Oct 14, 2014
Are India and Japan attempting to contain China while becoming Asia’s new industrial center? Liu Junhong explores this question and the recent meetings between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.
Culture & History
Is The World Big Enough For the United States and China?
Oct 13, 2014
Tom Watkins argues that growing perceptions of fear and distrust in China’s economic and military rise threaten to destabilize the global order. However, the United States and China can continue to enhance bilateral relations and build mutual trust through the continued development of people-to-people exchanges in order for the two nations to find stability and prosper.
Energy & Environment
No Copenhagen Déjà Vu
Oct 13, 2014
China and other large, carbon-emitting nations were absent at the UN Climate Summit in New York, signaling contravention with the global community’s call to develop cleaner energy sources to combat climate change. However, China is investing in alternative energy, and technology cooperation with the US may key.
Foreign Policy
China and Iran: Friends in Need
Oct 09, 2014
Reflecting on the recent joint naval exercises between Iran and China, Michal Meidan explores how the strategic relationship between the two nations involves more than just oil and discusses how US-led sanctions against Iran continue to complicate geopolitics.
Political & Social Development
How to Turn Audacity into Effective Action: China’s Xi Jinping Challenges the Western Model of Governance
Oct 09, 2014
In the past few years there have been a slew of books decrying the political decay and dysfunction of Western democracy.
Finance & Economy
The Cost of China’s Economic Transition
Oct 08, 2014
While Zhang Monan acknowledges there are problems facing China’s economy, she points out that a new perspective is key to understanding the future of China as it will take time for analysts to realize the “new normal” of the Chinese growth model.
Political & Social Development
Hong Kong Protesters Need to Weigh the Consequences to their Future
Oct 07, 2014
When Hong Kong reverted to China in 1997, western pundits predicted doom and gloom for the future of Hong Kong and they couldn’t be more off target. The same gaggle of pundits and analysts are now attempting to make sense of Occupy Central movement taking place in Hong Kong and as usual their interpretations are suspect.