China’s Debt Conundrum

President Xi Jinping and the standing committee. Analyzing China’s perilous macroeconomic position. As Martin Wolf of the Financial Times recently wrote, to understand the Chinese economy Stein’…

No Longer a Gold “BRICS”?

“China and India could really go to war,” I said to myself when rolling down the comment area of a Chinese news site. “Group Fight between Indian and Chinese Troops, Indians Thought They Won!” the tit…

The Thrilla in Manila

By Griff Potrock   Since the recognition of independence in 1946 and the mutual defense treaty signed in 1951, the United States and the Philippines have been staunch allies.  This alliance has i…

A Friendship Gone Astray

The Growing Divide in Chinese-African Relations In December 2015, President Xi Jinping was declaring Zimbabwe to be China’s “all-weather friend.” Less than a year later, President Mugabe of Zimbabwe w…

The Emperor’s New Groove

Just weeks ago, China officially unveiled the J-20, its first stealth fighter, at Airshow China. The sleek jet was met both with derision from engineers who view it as little more than a knockoff of t…

The King of Kong

China has long struggled to contain separatist movements around its periphery.  Until now, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) focus has been on deterring activists and leaders in Tibet and the northw…

When News Speaks for the Party

“I don’t trust WeChat anymore,” a friend told me. “It’s terrifying.” She had recently updated the popular Chinese instant messaging app on her iPhone and was logged out because she forgot her password…

Ratifying Without Resolve

The 21st century was met with an explosion of international documents intended to protect universal human rights. Indeed, the international community is currently flooded with treaties, protocols, res…

The AIIB: China’s Economic Evolution

According to the International Monetary Foundation (IMF), the economies of the Asia-Pacific region are growing rapidly, and are expected to account for almost half of global GDP by 2030. However, sust…