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Where are the Syrian Christian Refugees?

Where are the Syrian Christian Refugees?

Are Syrian refugees a threat to U.S. national security? In the wake of the San Bernardino shootings, most Americans are on edge and many are reluctant to let in any more Muslims, especially Syrian refugees.

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China, the United States and the Future of Central Asia

China, the United States and the Future of Central Asia

Given the amount of money already committed to supporting Afghanistan’s development, the effects of increased spending in Central Asia would be limited. Rather, the U.S. should withdraw from the region, leaving China and Russia to battle over influence.

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Manila Wins its Day in Court: Will Other Nations Follow?

Manila Wins its Day in Court: Will Other Nations Follow?

Should Beijing refuse to honor a potential ruling against their claims of sovereignty, we can expect China to again attempt to assert its economic muscle to persuade other regional nations to settle the disputes bilaterally.

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Fear and Loathing in Vietnam

Fear and Loathing in Vietnam

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Vietnam this week, the first by a Chinese president in ten years, drew mixed reaction among the Vietnamese.

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U.S. Navy Sails Calmly through Waters Claimed by China

U.S. Navy Sails Calmly through Waters Claimed by China

Tuesday’s voyage of the destroyer USS Lassen through waters claimed by China in the South China Sea had the potential to escalate an already tense situation.

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More Violence in Xinjiang

More Violence in Xinjiang

The latest attack in a long series of aggressions left more than 50 people dead and dozens wounded.

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In Hot Water

In Hot Water

A Chinese vessel was accused of sinking a Vietnamese fishing boat near the disputed Paracel islands on September 29.

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The Fog of War over the South China Sea

The Fog of War over the South China Sea

Concern over potential misunderstandings and a possible escalation of tensions over territorial claims have led the U.S. and China to set up a military hotline along with rules of airborne engagement.

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Xi Opens China’s Wallet

Xi Opens China’s Wallet

Now that Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a pledge of $2 billion in development aid for poor countries, should these countries accept the offer?

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Waters Heat Up Again in South China Sea

Waters Heat Up Again in South China Sea

Local fishermen in the South China Sea have long gone unprotected when fishing in their own waters or in waters claimed by other countries. But this may soon change, following attacks this year on Vietnamese fishing boats.

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Is the China Model Doomed?

Is the China Model Doomed?

Is the Chinese economic model doomed or is the Western business press making much ado about nothing?

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China’s Second Continent

China’s Second Continent

China watchers around the world are alarmed at the significant fall in Chinese stock markets. But Beijing may have a few tricks up its sleeve.

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A Challenging August for Dilma

A Challenging August for Dilma

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s approval rating has hit a new low, and with it, a growing sense of instability.

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Beijing Attempts to Stifle South China Sea Discussion at ASEAN

Beijing Attempts to Stifle South China Sea Discussion at ASEAN

Beijing attempted to quash any mention of the South China Sea dispute prior to Tuesday’s meeting in Kuala Lumpur of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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How Beijing’s Foreign Policy Can Backfire on its Tourists

How Beijing’s Foreign Policy Can Backfire on its Tourists

Being a Chinese tourist these days is not easy.

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About the Author

Gary Sands
Gary Sands

Gary Sands is a Senior Analyst at Wikistrat, a crowdsourced consultancy, and a Director at Highway West Capital Advisors, a venture capital, project finance and political risk advisory. He has contributed a number of op-eds for Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, Washington Times, The Diplomat, The National Interest, International Policy Digest, Asia Times, EurasiaNet, Eurasia Review, Indo-Pacific Review, the South China Morning Post, and the Global Times. He was previously employed in lending and advisory roles at Shell Capital, ABB Structured Finance, and the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation. He earned his Masters of Business Administration in International Business from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Science in Finance at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. He spent six years in Shanghai from 2006-2012, four years in Rio de Janeiro, and is currently based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. [email protected]

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