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Sino-Russian gas deal: Alliance or partnership?

Does the recent gas deal between Russia and China signal a broader geopolitical alliance between the two countries, or is it simply an economic partnership? The recent announcement of a massive $400 billion gas deal between Russia and China has rightly been taken as part of a Russian pivot eastward, alongside increasing joint military exercises […]

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Final agreement with Iran would boost trade but hurt Chinese interests

With the introduction of a comprehensive agreement and the thawing of U.S-Iranian relations, a new era of regional dynamics will be ushered in. Some of these dynamics could adversely impact Chinese national interests in the Persian Gulf and beyond. Changing regional dynamics China has much to gain should P5+1 negotiations succeed. Sourcing upwards of 50% […]

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Anti-China riots most damaging to Vietnam’s economy

Anti-Chinese sentiment is reaching fever pitch in Vietnam. At least twenty have been killed and hundreds injured as Beijing evacuated some 3,000 workers from the country. This marks a sharp escalation that will have profound impact on the Vietnamese economy. Since China’s deployment of a state-owned oil rig near the disputed Paracel Islands, a wave […]

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Norway woos China by refusing to meet with Dalai Lama

Norwegian-Chinese relations suffered when the Nobel Peace Prize was handed to the Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo. Now the government tries to normalize relations by refusing to meet with the Dalai Lama. As a small country with limited global power, the Norwegians take great pride in their humanitarian reputation and the international attention that follows the annual Nobel Peace Prize […]

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Is South Sudan a game-changer in China’s foreign policy?

China’s active bid for South Sudan’s peace deal may mark a shift away from its traditional ‘non-interference’ foreign policy towards a more proactive role in global politics. Despite China’s unprecedented rise as an economic giant with global interests, its foreign policy has strictly upheld the principles of non-interference and peaceful coexistence for over 60 years. But […]

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Vietnam’s naval modernization threatens to destabilize region

Vietnam’s recent military and naval modernization potentially puts it on a collision course with China. Aside from further destabilizing regional security, such tensions could scare off Chinese investors, a disastrous development for Vietnam’s economy. Over the past decade, Vietnam has embarked on a long-delayed, wide-ranging military modernization project. As recently as a decade ago, Vietnam’s navy […]

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Historic China-Taiwan talks signal a new step in relations

Unfortunately, an improved relationship and strengthened economic ties does little to resolve the status quo, as the final objectives of Beijing and Taipei remain fundamentally irreconcilable. At the first governmental meeting since they split apart in 1949, China and Taiwan last week agreed to open representative offices to further strengthen cross-strait dialogue and build political trust. The […]

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Will Sochi Winter Games thaw Russia’s rigid economy?

A mega event, such as the Olympics, does not necessarily bring short-term economic gains to the host country. But hosting may lead to a freer market economy down the line. Will this be the case for Russia as it prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games? Recent financial reports have brought to light the lackluster financial […]

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Bitcoin offers free currency movement in China, for now

The digital currency could push China into making tough decisions about liberalizing its financial system. Although Bitcoin is designed to be a decentralized currency that can be used the world over, China is quickly becoming the center of focus for its future. Once a non-player in trading Bitcoin, China is now home to the largest […]

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China-Australia FTA blocked by industry fears

Australia now is growing impatient in cementing a free trade agreement (FTA) with China. In early October, new Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott indicated his intention for securing a watered down deal. Negotiations on an FTA date back to 2005. But after nineteen rounds of negotiations, a deal has still not been reached. Abbott’s predecessor, […]

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