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Paul Manafort Advising Chinese Billionaire on U.S. Infrastructure Projects

Paul Manafort Advising Chinese Billionaire on U.S. Infrastructure Projects

Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, under investigation for his Russian ties and money laundering, will advise Chinese billionaire Yan Jiehe on gaining access to lucrative infrastructure projects in the U.S.

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Duterte Backs Off Hawkish Rhetoric Over Spratly Islands

Duterte Backs Off Hawkish Rhetoric Over Spratly Islands

The unpredictable Duterte, has again changed course in the South China Sea, cancelling his plans to plant a flag on Thitu Island over Philippine Independence Day.

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North Korea after 60 Years of Status Quo

North Korea after 60 Years of Status Quo

Lack of political will is largely motivating the inaction in the Korean peninsula. But with nuclear weapons threatening US mainland, it may be that Washington will decide on a policy of “now or never”.

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North Korea Is Only One Tree In The Forest Of U.S.-China Relations

North Korea Is Only One Tree In The Forest Of U.S.-China Relations

Stressing only the expediency of resolving the DPRK issue, the U.S. risks not seeing the forest for the trees in the overall scheme of U.S-China relations.

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Vietnam Seeks to Calm Waters One Year After Environmental Disaster

Vietnam Seeks to Calm Waters One Year After Environmental Disaster

Hanoi has acknowledged its citizens’ newfound environmental activism, hoping to avoid any widespread social unrest. But it is also taking punitive measures to quell protests.

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South Korea’s Political Impasse could Redefine the Balance in the Korean Peninsula

South Korea’s Political Impasse could Redefine the Balance in the Korean Peninsula

South Korea's new president will largely determine the future of the US-ROK alliance, relations with China, and the security approach in the Korean peninsula.

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Beijing Seeks to Bolster Claims to Disputed Islands

Beijing Seeks to Bolster Claims to Disputed Islands

Vietnam reacted strongly in response to a recent visit by a Chinese cruise ship to the disputed Paracel archipelago. Hanoi pressed for an end to the cruise ship visits, which have taken hundreds of Chinese tourists to the island chain since 2013.

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Seoul Reports Beijing’s Mandarin Imperiousness to WTO

Seoul Reports Beijing’s Mandarin Imperiousness to WTO

In response to Beijing’s recent economic retaliations over the deployment of THAAD, Seoul raised the issue of trade agreements violations at a WTO meeting.

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China’s ‘Colonial Investments’ Run into Rough Weather in the Indian Subcontinent

China’s ‘Colonial Investments’ Run into Rough Weather in the Indian Subcontinent

With protests against China's investments in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Pakistan, the country's ambitious expansion via economics in the Indian subcontinent is not going as well as Beijing had imagined.

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Tillerson Gives Beijing Face

Tillerson Gives Beijing Face

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson concluded his visit to China earlier this month, pledging that relations between the two countries would be based on “non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation.”

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Permanent Neutrality for a Unified Korea May Be The Only Solution for DPRK Crisis

Permanent Neutrality for a Unified Korea May Be The Only Solution for DPRK Crisis

Permanent neutrality for a unified Korea may initially appear to be a radical proposal to the DPRK issue, but the days of conventional thinking are over.

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China Attempts to Censor Western Universities

China Attempts to Censor Western Universities

A University of California-San Diego Chinese students' organization attempted to censor a graduation speech by exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

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H.R. McMaster on China

H.R. McMaster on China

McMaster drew parallels between Russia’s activities on its borders with similar Chinese activities in the South China Sea, declaring China was “challenging U.S. interests at the far reaches of American power”.

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South Korea’s Strategic Importance Forgotten Amidst the Trump-Abe Honeymoon

South Korea’s Strategic Importance Forgotten Amidst the Trump-Abe Honeymoon

While the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye paralyzed South Korea’s diplomatic service, Japan has worked to strengthen Trump’s commitment to its defense.

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How Do Multi-Vectored Foreign Policies Affect Global Geopolitical Risk?

How Do Multi-Vectored Foreign Policies Affect Global Geopolitical Risk?

Incoherent U.S. foreign policy, combined with accelerating multipolarity, has increased global geopolitical risk for both major and minor states alike.

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