A New French–US Security Framework

A New French–US Security FrameworkOn Monday, US President Barack Obama greeted French President François Hollande in Washington, DC, before making the short trip to Monticello, located outside of Charlottesville, Virginia, home to Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States and known admirer of France. The trip, which would be spent discussing issues of shared importance and capped off…

China in the Year of the Horse

China in the Year of the HorseAcross parts of Asia and in many communities around the globe, Jan. 31 marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year – the year of the horse. As friends and families celebrate, and communities come together to partake in festivities, this new year invites an opportunity to reflect on the past and look to the…

Is Xi Jinping China’s Brezhnev?

Is Xi Jinping China’s Brezhnev?Is President Xi Jinping destined to become a Chinese version of the former Soviet boss, Leonid Brezhnev? If so, history may look back on January 2014 as Xi’s “Brezhnev moment.” In 1964, Nikita Khrushchev, the leader who had begun the de-Stalinization process a decade earlier, was overthrown in a Kremlin putsch masterminded by Brezhnev, who…

How Serious is Xi Jinping’s Corruption Campaign?

How Serious is Xi Jinping’s Corruption Campaign?The revelations by the Washington, DC-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists over massive wealth accrued offshore by relatives of top Chinese officials raise interesting questions for President Xi Jinping’s year-old anti-corruption campaign, in which he famously promised to go after “tigers” as well as “flies,” and how serious it really is. So far, hundreds of…

Journalist Group Uncovers Chinese Millions in Overseas Trusts

Journalist Group Uncovers Chinese Millions in Overseas TrustsThe close relatives of some of China’s most powerful men and women including President Xi Jinping and former Premier Wen Jiabao have maintained secretive accounts in offshore tax havens, with the connivance of some of the west’s biggest accounting firms and banks, according to an explosive study by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The…

China’s Neighborhood Bullying Increases

China’s Neighborhood Bullying IncreasesIf anyone had any doubts about China’s aggressive attitudes towards its neighbors, they should be swept away by the Hainan provincial government’s demand that foreign fishing vessels must get its permission to fish in the waters of the South China Sea, which it claims are part of China. China’s ramping up of the Daioyu/Senkaku islets…

China Tries to Harness North Korea

China Tries to Harness North KoreaChina has been playing a careful and relatively sophisticated strategic game with its unruly ally North Korea, attempting to harness Pyongyang’s determination to expand its nuclear capability while at the same time expanding its economic relations at an unprecedented pace, according to a new analysis by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The 80-page analysis,…

The US Waffles on China’s Air Defense Zone

The US Waffles on China’s Air Defense ZoneAsian nations looking for US protection in the face of concerns about China’s hegemonic designs on east and Southeast Asia are left baffled by Washington’s response to China’s controversial declaration of an air defense zone covering most of the East China Sea. The first US reaction, clearly driven by highest level military concerns, was to…

Redefining the US in Light of China’s Rise

Redefining the US in Light of China’s RiseChina’s economy is expected to surpass that of the United States by 2020 (although it might come sooner or not at all). Regardless, China’s growth will necessarily lead to a shift in global power. The question thus is to what extent will China’s wealth and the influence that money can buy affect the US’s position…

Two Schools of Thought on China – Both Wrong

Two Schools of Thought on China – Both WrongFrom President Barack Obama’s ceding of the center stage to his Chinese counterpart at the recent APEC gathering to frenzied attempts to decipher the country’s political and economic directions from the party’s just finished Third Plenum, the rising giant of the East often dominates Western political discourse. Unfortunately, such discourses are taking place on a…