Category: China

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…

China is developing a nuclear-capable air-launched ballistic missile, likely based off the DF-21

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China is developing and has been flight-testing a nuclear-capable air-launched ballistic missile (ALBM) along with a new long-range strategic bomber to deliver it, The Diplomat has learned. https://thediplomat.com/2018/04/revealed-chinas-nuclear-capable-air-launched-ballistic-missile/ According to U.S. government sources with knowledge of the latest intelligence assessments…

U.S. – China Conflict Will Shift Toward Geoconomic Statecraft

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During President Trump’s trip to Beijing and the ASEAN Summit in November 2017, President Trump and President Xi confirmed that the future of U.S.-Chinese relations will focus largely on opportunities for U.S. and Chinese businesses, potential security cooperation, and ongoing…

The Belt and Road Initiative and the Future of Globalization

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Xi Jinping’s signature policy is about more than just infrastructure. The Chinese Communist Party’s inclusion of the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) in its constitution last week proves beyond any reasonable doubt that the concept has a central and significant place…