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Re-Thinking China’s Future

Re-Thinking China’s Future


U.S. defense policy has been appropriately preoccupied with terrorism since 9/11, and in fact since the end of the Cold War. During the same timespan, however, the impact China’s rise has been the most debated geostrategic issue in U.S. security circles. Most …

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Manila Welcomes U.S. Muscle to Counter Beijing

Manila Welcomes U.S. Muscle to Counter Beijing

After an absence of more than 20 years, American forces will return to the Philippines under a 10-year agreement reached between the two countries on Monday in conjunction with U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Manila. The Enhanced Defense Cooperation agreement seeks to broaden U.S. access to bases on …

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China Reactions to Obama’s Asia Tour: Overwhelmingly Negative

China Reactions to Obama’s Asia Tour: Overwhelmingly Negative

Reactions to President Obama’s recent Asian tour in China’s state-run media have been overwhelmingly negative. This should come as no surprise to anyone. Of particular irritation to China were a

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Against the end of history

Against the end of history

Word has it that China will surpass the U.S. as the world’s largest economy by the end of this year, according to a recent World Bank report. This is an event of dramatic, albeit symbolic, importance for the way the world will …

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Moscow Takes Ukraine, Beijing Takes Mongolia?

Moscow Takes Ukraine, Beijing Takes Mongolia?


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Tensions escalated in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, as Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow separatist rebels, and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade. The Ukrainian action took place to recapture territory from the …

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The Currency Manipulation Report and the Depreciation of U.S. Credibility

The Currency Manipulation Report and the Depreciation of U.S. Credibility

At a time when the administration wants to convince Vladimir Putin that the U.S. has the will to employ potent economic tools to further its diplomatic objectives, a 34-page document that the Treasury Department delivered to Congress on April 15 doesn’t help our credibility.
The “Semiannual Report …

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Dr. Pamela Crossley on U.S.-China relations

Dr. Pamela Crossley on U.S.-China relations

Hosted by Sarwar Kashmeri, the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions podcast series will headline issues together with the leaders whose decisions today will mold the foreign policy of tomorrow. Each podcast will tackle a different Great Decisions topic in the 2014 series, …

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China’s State-Run Media Slam Hong Kong Democracy Activists for U.S. Visit

China’s State-Run Media Slam Hong Kong Democracy Activists for U.S. Visit

China’s state-run media have gone on the attack against two leading Hong Kong democracy activists for their recent visit to the United States. Martin …

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As Beijing Asserts, Hanoi Reacts

As Beijing Asserts, Hanoi Reacts

This week, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung oversaw the launch of the Vietnam Fisheries Resources Surveillance force, set up to ensure the enforcement of fishing laws in the East Sea, otherwise known as the South China Sea. As established under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the force …

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Funding Security Through Radars, Drones and Missile Systems

Funding Security Through Radars, Drones and Missile Systems

The Economist released an interesting chart on global military spending this week showing the increased spending on military assets by countries that have been considered in the past to not be pro-Western or an ally of …

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Hagel Feels the Heat in Beijing

Hagel Feels the Heat in Beijing

Japanese fighter jet pilots are getting no rest these days. In a statement released Wednesday, the Japanese Defense Ministry revealed that Japanese fighter jets were scrambled against Chinese planes a record high 415 times during the year ending in March. That number is up 36 percent from a year earlier …

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Candid Discussions: “Nostalgia Teetering on the Edge of Melancholy”

Candid Discussions: “Nostalgia Teetering on the Edge of Melancholy”

Lukas Birk is the author of Polaroids from the Middle Kingdom: Old and New World Visions of China, a book released in January 2014 that compiles images he took from diverse parts of contemporary China, using his father’s expired Polaroid films.

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Hong Kong Democracy Gains Boost in Washington with Activist Visit

Hong Kong Democracy Gains Boost in Washington with Activist Visit

Hong Kong democracy activists gained a boost in Washington last week with a visit to the capital by Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders Martin Lee and Anson Chan. Lee is the founding chairman of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong, Chan is the former Chief Secretary for Administration of Hong Kong, …

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Why Conflict Is Not Good For Business: The BRICS vs. The West

Why Conflict Is Not Good For Business: The BRICS vs. The West

After World War II, the theory that economic integration would reduce the possibility of open conflict between two nation states was tried and was deemed successful by history when France and West Germany signed the first accords that would grow to become the European Union. When Russia recently annexed Crimea, …

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Hagel to Visit China

U.S. Secretary of Defense Hagel to Visit China

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is scheduled to travel to China next week for the first time as Secretary of Defense. Prior to that, Hagel will first travel to Hawai‘i where he will meet with nine of the ten defense ministers from ASEAN (

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