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China Continues Attacks on Vietnamese Fishing Boats

China Continues Attacks on Vietnamese Fishing Boats

The incident last week was not a one-off: there have been dozens of attacks by Chinese vessels on Vietnamese fishing boats in the Paracel Island chain since last year.

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Chinese Government Front Groups Act in Violation of U.S. Law

Chinese Government Front Groups Act in Violation of U.S. Law

If Chinese government front groups are operating illegally in the United States, the U.S. government has a responsibility to act in the matter and enforce the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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China Teaches Kids to Catch Spies, Warns Women against Foreign Men

China Teaches Kids to Catch Spies, Warns Women against Foreign Men

China is now teaching kids to be spy-catchers and warning women against dating handsome foreigners who might be agents of a hostile government.

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China and Russia Join Hands for Internet Censorship

China and Russia Join Hands for Internet Censorship

China and Russia are trying to establish a system of their own for internet governance as an alternative to the “hegemonic” Western system they fear.

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10 Characteristics of Chinese Diplomacy in the Xi Jinping Era

10 Characteristics of Chinese Diplomacy in the Xi Jinping Era

Since Xi Jinping the became supreme leader of the People’s Republic of China, the country’s foreign policy has shown greater proactivity and confidence, with more emphasis being placed on constructive engagement with international institutions.

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Blood Brothers?: China’s Push for Influence in Myanmar

Blood Brothers?: China’s Push for Influence in Myanmar

China has responded to its apparent loss of influence in Myanmar by unleashing an aggressive propaganda and organizing campaign aimed at countering Western influence and cultivating a pro-Beijing grassroots political base particularly among ethnic Chinese in Myanmar.

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Jakarta Reacts Strongly to Chinese Coast Guard Intrusion

Jakarta Reacts Strongly to Chinese Coast Guard Intrusion

By defying international law using “traditional fishing grounds” as an excuse, China’s latest show of aggression in the South China Sea has only heightened tensions among its neighbors, and provided the region’s militaries an excuse to increase defense spending.

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China Attempts to Save Face at UN Human Rights Council

China Attempts to Save Face at UN Human Rights Council

China tried to save face last week, by lashing out at those critical of its human rights record during a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council.

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Why is the Internet not Fostering China’s Democratization?

Why is the Internet not Fostering China’s Democratization?

In the past, scholars tended to believe that the internet was an effective tool to challenge authoritarian regimes and facilitate the development of civil society. However, as an expert that has been investigating the issue for a number of years, I disagree with this widely held belief.

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U.S. Show of Force in the South China Sea

U.S. Show of Force in the South China Sea

In a show of counterforce, the U.S. has sailed an aircraft carrier, two destroyers, two cruisers, and the command ship of the Japan-based 7th Fleet into the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

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Washington Requests China to Stop Intimidating Fishermen

Washington Requests China to Stop Intimidating Fishermen

The U.S. State Department has issued a request for China’s navy to refrain from harassing fishermen of other countries in the disputed South China Sea.

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China Moves to Lower Diplomatic Temperatures

China Moves to Lower Diplomatic Temperatures

China’s assertive attitude towards its neighbors and America’s role in East Asia has slowly morphed since last autumn’s final round of provocative acts into something less strident.

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“China Seeks Hegemony in East Asia”

“China Seeks Hegemony in East Asia”

In an appearance on Tuesday before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, Admiral Harry Harris, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command stated: “I believe China seeks hegemony in East Asia.”

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China’s Military Pivot to Africa just got Serious

China’s Military Pivot to Africa just got Serious

The Chinese foreign ministry recently announced that China would be setting up a “logistical facility” in the East African country of Djibouti.

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For Britain the Road to China Runs Through Europe

For Britain the Road to China Runs Through Europe

By choosing the European route instead of the bilateral one to negotiate its trading relationship with Beijing the UK maximizes its leverage with both its European partners and China, which is useful for a medium-sized ex-colonial power.

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