Category: China

Demystifying Debt Along China’s New Silk Road

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Is Beijing really seeking to buy political influence abroad? China has one of the biggest global development footprints in the world. The only country with bigger official international finance flows is the United States. Still, Washington spent over four times…

China’s Strategic Support Force At 3

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The Strategic Support Force’s future trajectory will be a critical bellwether of the PLA’s progress toward becoming a “world-class” military.   The PLA Strategic Support Force (PLASSF) has been a puzzle and apparent paradox over the first three years of…

Japan’s Defense Budget Swells to Counter China’s Growing Military Threat

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The Abe administration has given its national defense policy a new makeover sparking controversy over efforts to rush militarization. Japan’s cabinet ministers approved new long-term national defense guidelines that includes the largest ever defense budget for the next fiscal year.…

Vostok 2018: Russia and China’s Diverging Common Interests

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Russia’s Vostok 2018 exercise officially commenced on September 11 and concludes September 17. One of Russia’s major military maneuvers held every four years, this year’s Vostok is of special significance because Russia has not held an exercise of this scale…

China and the Politics of Space Control

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By Richard Weitz In late August, 2018 the Chinese Foreign Ministry published its position paper regarding the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, which will run from September 18 and October 5 in New York. In this document, Beijing…

The return of political risk for Xi

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The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) wraps up its annual summer retreat at the northern coastal town of Beidaihe. The meeting comes amid signs of dissent within the Chinese political system as the president, Xi Jinping, struggles to manage an intensifying…

What Do China’s Military Hawks Think of Trump?

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Well-known hardliners react to the new U.S. security strategy and trade war. Unlike President Obama, who gives first priority to terrorism, Iran, and North Korea, President Trump labeled conventional security challenges posed by Russia and China as prime threats, which…

The politics of ports in the Horn: War, peace and Red Sea rivalries

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For over 25 years, maritime strategy and port development in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden appeared relatively static. Eritrea looked inwards, neglecting its coast. Djibouti flourished, lucratively embracing Ethiopia’s trade, overseas investors and foreign military bases. Somalia’s shores…

China’s OBOR Initiative and it’s Debt Burden Choking Emerging Markets

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Across the world, China is busy lending large sums of money to economically vulnerable countries and then leveraging that debt for strategic gain. That’s according to a new academic report prepared for the US State Department by the Harvard Kennedy…