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East & Pacific Asia

For the Chinese, Trade War Success is a Matter of Pride

In bringing the United States to the brink of trade war with China, President Donald Trump wants to narrow the US trade deficit and loosen business restrictions. But what does China want?

China Doesn’t Want Arms Control

The United States and Russia want China to join arms control talks. Transparency and an intermediate range missile gap are key drivers of that push, but talks are DOA as China regards both issues of considerable importance to its defense.

Casualties of the trade war: Washington rhetoric helps legitimize China’s authoritarian policies

US-China trade tensions allow Beijing to hide unfair trade practices and human rights abuses behind politicized rhetoric. Trump administration critics should ensure their criticisms don’t overshadow China’s responsibility for its actions.

Did North Korea Violate International Agreements?

Mixed signals from the Trump Administration raise questions about whether the US is willing to punish DPRK violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

Globalization with Chinese Characteristics

Italy recently made the news with the announcement that it had decided to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), making it the first G7 nation to do so. The BRI has become one of China’s signature foreign policy and economic initiatives. Many states in Central and South Asia, as well as some in Africa,…

Government-Led Innovation: China’s Path to the First World

China’s central government is driving a massive innovation campaign. This has the potential to rapidly transition China from a cheap goods manufacturer to a technological powerhouse. It could also fail miserably.

What’s Next for Hong Kong Protests? Geopolitics Will Drive China’s Response

This summer marks one full year of continuous protests in Hong Kong against encroachment by mainland China. While Beijing will prioritize indirect means of controlling Hong Kong, military force may be on the horizon if China finds appropriate justification.

In Kim’s Neighborhood: Regional Actors and US-DPRK Relations

Building off prior Charged Affairs articles, a co-authored article diving into the details of South Korea, Japan, and China's regional role in North Korea relations.

Coercive Coal: Chinese Energy Investment in Developing Countries

Chinese coal power investment increases the vulnerability of developing countries to Beijing’s coercive leverage.

Parasite’s Triumph is a Victory for International Cinema, but Has a Precedent Really Been Set?

Winning Best Picture this year, Parasite becomes the first international film to do so. This article examines the impact this may have for future foreign films and whether the US is at the precipice of a new relationship with international cinema.

China’s Penghu Island Annexation Shows Taiwan Was Never Too Far Off

The Chinese Navy has surrounded the Penghu Islands, located kilometers off the Taiwanese coast. Seen as a warning and a rebuke to Taiwan’s recent rapid foreign policy shift away from China, this piece examines what China might want and how Taiwan can respond.

China’s Geocultural Influence Reaches New Heights as the U.S. Fades from View

As we mark the first year since the United States’ withdrawal from UNESCO, what does the future hold for American geocultural influence and who is waiting in the wings to fill the void?