Tag Archives: Xi Jinping

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 […]

Continue Reading
Source: Wikimedia Commons

China-Vietnam conflict points to geopolitical shift

With tensions increasing on both sides, maritime border disputes are directly affecting life and economic production in both China and Vietnam. However, the disagreements also point to China’s growing assertiveness and shifting geopolitical power. Territorial disputes between Vietnam, the Philippines, China, Brunei and Malaysia over resource rich islands and regions have escalated over the past […]

Continue Reading
Ambassador Max Baucus

U.S. Ambassador Baucus could bring American beef back to China

Former U.S. Senator Max Baucus of Montana, confirmed as the next U.S. Ambassador to China, could help restore U.S. beef exports to China. China banned all U.S. beef exports after a BSE outbreak in 2003, but China’s increased beef consumption could help Baucus lift the ban. On Thursday February 7, 2014 the U.S. Senate confirmed Max […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading
Japanese coast guard off Senkaku Islands

Escalating tensions over Senkaku-Diaoyu islands underestimated

The political risks of the Senkaku/Diaoyu island dispute are heavily mispriced in global markets. Conflict is still on the table. For more than a year now Japan and China have quarreled over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, and the tension sharpened significantly following China’s move to create a new “air defence identification zone” over the islands in […]

Continue Reading

Will demographics cause China to slow down?

Since the Third Plenum, China has been preoccupied with ongoing changes to its demographics. As much of Asia’s miracle growth has been attributed to demographics, changes to the composition of China’s population are cause for concern. The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the People’s Republic of China released data indicating just how […]

Continue Reading
Third Plenary

What you need to know about China’s 5 big reforms

Following this month’s Chinese Communist Party Plenary Session, held once every five years, the Party announced a number of economic policy changes. Here are five wide-reaching reforms to watch. The news coming from the People’s Republic of China in recent days, most notably the reform proposals released 15th November, has caused many observers to cautiously nod […]

Continue Reading
Tiananmen attack (credit: Reuters)

Is Tiananmen attack an indication of China’s political volatility?

On Sunday, October 27, a car crashed into a crowd and exploded at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, right underneath the symbolic portrait of Mao Zedong. The attack killed five people and injured 38. Following allegations that the attack was caused by suspects from China’s Xinjiang region, security measures have been tightened in the region. Police in […]

Continue Reading

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, […]

Continue Reading
Japan coast guard

Will South China Sea exacerbate Asia’s slowdown?

The global community has recently been confronted by a heavy cocktail of challenges, including the confirmation of chemical weapons use in Syria, the management of an Iranian charm offensive, and the shutdown of the United States federal government. Amidst these developments, the continued challenges of the world’s most dynamic region, Asia, have gone comparatively unnoticed. […]

Continue Reading