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Highlights of Xi’s Journey to Latin America

Highlights of Xi’s Journey to Latin America

Wu Baiyi, research fellow, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

President Xi Jinping’s recent trip to Latin America underscored four aspects of China’s outreach efforts to Latin America. To expand South-South cooperation, to promote multi-polarity, to hedge against risks and challenges to future development by enhancing BRICS and Latin American cooperation, and to improve the provision of international public goods.

Why is the US Worried about Xi Jinping’s Latin America Trip?

Dong Chunling & Sun Chenghao, CICIR

China’s strengthening cooperation with Latin American countries will benefit regional economic prosperity and development, and is also in the interest of the US, according to Dong Chunling and Sun Changhao.

The Hunt for Super-Tigers in Beijing

Minxin Pei, Prof. of government at Claremont McKenna College

In the search for corrupt Party officials, Xi Jinping should aim to fulfill three tasks so as to make his ouster of corruption most effective, according to Minxin Pei. In addition to this, Xi Jinping should also exercise caution in what decisions he makes regarding the “super tiger.”

Abe’s Objectives in ‘Reinterpreting’ Japan’s Peace Constitution

Stephen Harner, former US State Department official

Prime Minister Abe’s reinterpretation of the Peace Constitution is partially the result of US pressure for Japan to contribute more to the alliance. Although, a more nuanced explanation is Abe’s realization that the United States would likely not risk war with China over territorial disputes and so he has taken the first step towards an independent defense posture for Japan.

Western Media Expose Their Prejudice

Zhang Junshe, researcher, PLA Naval Military Studies Research Institute

Usni.org, the official website of US Naval Institute, has created a controversy by posting an article that says, “China sends uninvited spy ship to Rimpac” (Rim of the Pacific Exercise), writes Zhang Junshe.

The BRICS Bank: Now Comes the Hard Part

Vikram Nehru, senior associate, Carnegie Asia Program

No sooner had the dust settled from the World Cup than Brazil played host to the five leaders of the BRICS countries—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. An immediate outcome of the Fortaleza summit was the formation of the New Development Bank, a development finance institution to rival the World Bank. The group also announced a currency reserve pool as an alternative to the IMF. Done right, both initiatives could change the institutional landscape for multilateral development financing.

China Maintains Neutrality While Deepening Ties to Israel

Michal Meidan, director at China Matters

As China seeks to deepen ties with Israel it also needs to balance inherent contradictions of the relationship. While the defence industry was once the cornerstone of Sino-Israeli relations, Washington’s objections have limited relations. Still, commercial and trade links are set to expand between Israel and China, raising interesting policy implications for China, Israel, and the US.

The Benefits of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Wu Zhenglong, research fellow, China Foundation for International Studies

By initiating the AIIB, China demonstrates its willingness and capability to provide more public goods to the international community, writes Wu Zhenglong.

What Can China Learn from World War I

Gal Luft, Co-Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security

A number of lessons from World War I carry great importance for China’s future as it becomes a global power, writes Gal Luft.

Full-Year GDP Target Within Reach

Qi Jingmei, a researcher with the State Information Center

Qi Jingmei reports that China’s economy is expected to continue grow in the second half of the year, possibility reaching the full year GDP target of 7.5%. Jingmei remarks on the “favorable factors” of economic growth- citing global economic recovery and central government policies, as two ways to stabilize and promote Chinese economy.

Beijing’s ‘Micro-Stimulus’ and the Future of China’s Economy

Gordon Chang, writer

In the wake of the news that China’s economy grew 7.5% in Q2, Gordon Chang throws up the warning flags and argues that there exists a very real threat of a “Minsky moment” for China. Additionally, Chang states that the Chinese economy will more than likely continue to expand in the future, but this is not a positive sign.

China Should Actively Establish A Currency Swap Pool

Zhang Monan, researcher, China Int'l Economic Exchanges Center

Since the start of the global financial crisis and the emergence of regional trade alliances in the global economy, “a currency swap network” has emerged in financial and monetary fields.

MH17 May Rewrite Ukraine Crisis

Chen Xiangyang, Deputy Director, Institute of World Political Studies, CICIR

MH17 May Rewrite Ukraine Crisis

The tragedy of flight MH17 may be a turning point for the crisis in Ukraine as international public opinion turns against Pro-Russia forces and Russia. In a world where regional conflicts are globalized, the Sino-Russian relationship could complicate relations between China and Europe, but the renewed focus on Russia may force the US to reduce strategic pressures on China.

Pointless Lying about US China Policy

Justin Logan, Director at the Cato Institute

As the United States takes action, diplomatically and militarily, in the Asian region, the US has been seen as attempting to contain China. Justin Logan assesses this claim, and introduces the idea that the United States is indeed acting to contain China not so much economically, but militarily.

Two Reasons for Changing the RMB Exchange Rate

Yi Xianrong, researcher, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

After the Renminbi depreciated for five consecutive months, the market has again seen signs of a pick-up. Some analysts believe the unusual change in RMB exchange rate means the RMB has stopped depreciating and begun returning onto the track of appreciation.

China Courts South Korea: Opportunities and Risks for the United States

Ted Galen Carpenter, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute

President Xi Jingping’s recent visit to South Korea was a rebuff to North Korea’s defiance of China’s warnings not to conduct nuclear or missile tests. If the United States incentivizes the Chinese government to incur the risks of abandoning the North Korean regime, Beijing might be willing to dump Pyongyang and treat Seoul as its future partner on the Peninsula.

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