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Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, and Russia: potentially a new strategic and economic bloc


Saudi Arabia has been one of the closest US ally for years but some recent tiffs have seemingly impaired the bilateral relations – particularly after US excessive regulations on nuclear technology transfer, apparently to protect the interests of its peerless partner, Israel. Riyadh does not have nuclear bombs and it is also a signatory to … Continue reading

China in deeper trouble if Trump not granted Nobel Peace Prize


U.S. President Donald Trump wants the Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian committee would owe him this honor if the Trump administration could really complete a denuclearization deal with North Korea. According to a Feb 19 Reuters news, Trump does not need Prime Minister Abe’s nomination, he “has already been nominated by two Norwegian lawmakers. ‘We … Continue reading

Xi Jinping’s global domination dreams hit a wall amid growing backlash against China


With the shock election of anti-globalist Donald Trump to the US presidency still fresh in their minds, international leaders watched with anticipation as Chinese President Xi Jinping stepped up to the podium at Davos in January 2017. Xi’s speech in favor of globalization and free trade was met with praise by governments and businesses across … Continue reading

US-India hybrid war against China-Pakistan


When it comes to economic breadth and technology innovation, the Unites States is clearly the winner. The incredible US historical credentials across all disciplines have allowed it to dominate the world. It is instilled in the Americans’ DNA that they are a nation, which is hard to match and impossible to beat. If there is … Continue reading

Everyone finally agrees China can’t be allowed to take over the world


Oh my, how times have changed. Huawei executives doing the perp walk. American universities shuttering Confucius Centers. Voters in the Maldives, Sri Lanka and elsewhere rejecting leaders who have cozied up to China. Malaysia and others demanding better deals from Beijing or otherwise trying to dig their way out of the Chinese debt trap. The … Continue reading

‘Divide and conquer’: China puts the pressure on to isolate US from allies


As tensions between China and the US mount over trade and the extradition of a senior Huawei executive, Beijing has reserved its most colourful language for America’s allies. On Tuesday, China’s ministry of foreign affairs called on Canada to “stop pulling chestnuts out of the fire for the US” after the unsealing of a 13-count … Continue reading

As Venezuela crisis splits the world into three blocs, it is a great lesson of multi-polarity for China


Take a look at this interesting map. Both BBC News and Big Think present a world map respectively showing different countries’ diplomatic responses to the current Venezuela crisis in which Washington “has urged the world to pick sides — Maduro or Guaidó (it is another worldwide take-side game alongside the Huawei 5G network issue). As … Continue reading

The Afghan-China relationship can dismantle the Indo-Pacific containment of China


TOLO News reported on Jan 10 that Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib “hold talks with senior Chinese officials on Afghanistan-China relations, an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and strategic cooperation between the two countries … His visit comes as President Ghani’s special envoy Umer Daudzai is on a four-day visit in Pakistan to discuss … Continue reading

We shall never ever take sides: on the question of choosing between two monsters, China and United States


My attention was caught by that very provocative and utterly accurate political cartoon posted by the New York Times Opinion Section (Nov 27th) wherein it depicted there that the people of Southeast Asia in an apparent dilemma on who are they going to choose to throw their lot and support. It categorically pointed there, should … Continue reading

China may replace Britain as the 2nd greatest global power soon: UK report


“China poses the single biggest threat to Britain’s position as one of the great super-powers …” reported by The Telegraph on 4 Jan 2019 which quoted a report published by the Henry Jackson Society (HJS). Founded by a US Senator who “strongly supported civil rights and protecting the environment — while also maintaining a strong … Continue reading

As the 5G race matters, arresting Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou is just a pawn move


The CNN provides a background report on the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Huawei. A web link there brings you back to a Reuters report dated Jan 31, 2013: “London (Reuter) — A Hong Kong-based firm that attempted to sell embargoed HP computer equipment to Iran … has much closer ties to China’s … Continue reading

In South China Sea, US is said to be in the ‘Lippmann gap’


By summoning the 1943 concept ‘Lippmann Gap’, which was used by Samuel Huntington in 1988 to assess the post-WWII American foreign policy. Lindsey Ford, a former senior advisor on Asia-Pacific affairs in the Department of Defense 2009-15, argues that this gap is happening in East Asia. The Lippmann Gap argument suggests that, according to Huntington, … Continue reading

Western analysts got lost in the Abe-Xi maze, and failed to notice a coming synergy in East Asia


For unknown reasons, many Western political analysts made mistakes in understanding the Washington-Pyongyang relation (e.g. forecasting bloody nose strike, but being shockingly embarrassed by the Trump-Kim Singapore summit), and then the Pyongyang-Beijing relation (portraying a tension, but being surprisingly slapped by Kim’s three visits to Beijing before and after the Singapore summit). Their latest error … Continue reading

US Vice President Pence’s ‘remarks’ on China hollow out US-China relation – except the Taiwan issue


Vice President Pence’s speech on Oct 4 has delivered a clear cut-off line of the policy orientation towards China between Trump’s ‘America First’ doctrine and those of past administrations since Nixon. Perhaps, one of the decisive factors impacting a young elite’s future success, worldwide speaking, in the coming 20 years is whether he/she is able … Continue reading

‘Invented and Made in America 2028’ vs ‘Made in China 2025’


In response to the ‘Made in China 2025’ strategic plan, an ‘Invented and Made in America 2028’ scheme is jointly proposed by retired Navy Admiral (Commander-in-Chief of the US Pacific Command) Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence (Jan 2009 – May 2010) and currently the chairman of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, and Robert D. Atkinson, … Continue reading

The emerging illiberal Eurasia with which China is growing


By using the ‘Hofstede dimensions’ (index scale 0-100), a group of Sri Lankan scholars conducted a cultural comparative study on 20 Asian communities. Here is a quick look about China: [A] From strong Collectivism = 0 to strong Individualism = 100 China = 20 Singapore = 20 Taiwan = 17 Israel = 54 (highest in … Continue reading

A hazardous signal to China as US recalled top diplomats from Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama over Taiwan


AP news on Sept 7: “The United States has recalled its envoys to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama after decisions by those nations to cut ties with Taiwan in favor of diplomatic relations with China. “The State Department says it has called back Ambassador … ‘to discuss ways in which the United States … Continue reading

El Salvador is the latest US-China battlefield ahead of Taiwan warfare


This White House Press Secretary Aug 23 statement criticises in the first paragraph that “the Government of El Salvador announced it would discontinue its decades-long diplomatic relations with Taipei in favor of establishing diplomatic relations with Beijing. “The leaders of El Salvador’s governing party have made this decision, which will have implications for decades to … Continue reading

Bolton says China meddling in US elections


National Security Adviser John Bolton told ABC News at an interview on Aug 19 Sunday that he had “sufficient national security concern about Chinese meddling” into the 2018 U.S. midterm elections. When Martha Raddatz, ABC News’ Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, pressed him by asking “have you seen anything in the past specifically to China?”, it … Continue reading

Is China powerful enough to change the world order?


As the US president Donald Trump got his trade deal lately with the European Union president Jean-Claude Juncker, it seems that all those recent tensions between the world’s largest economy and the EU has come to an end. To China, the tactic of establishing commercial and economic ties to hedge the risks of waging a … Continue reading

Beijing joins the ‘Trump-Putin Helsinki Summit is Yalta 2.0’ Debate


An AFP article published on July 1 is probably the first one comparing the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit to the 1945 Yalta Conference where President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Premier Joseph Stalin agreed on certain post-WWII arrangements among themselves personally. Since then, a series of comments went on to argue that the … Continue reading

China to move troops to Syria?


The US-based Stratfor reported on August 3, 2018 that “Chinese Ambassador Qi Qianjin reportedly stated that the Chinese ‘military is willing to participate in some way alongside the Syrian army that is fighting the terrorists in Idlib and in any other part of Syria,’ while military attaché Wong Roy Chang reportedly said the Chinese military … Continue reading

Cracks appear in ‘invincible’ Xi Jinping’s authority over China


Rumours have swirled in Beijing in recent weeks that China’s seemingly invincible leader, Xi Jinping, is in trouble, dogged by a protracted trade war with the US, a slowing economy and a public health scandal involving thousands of defective vaccines given to children. Xi’s name seemed to have disappeared for a while from the cover … Continue reading

Trump-Putin Helsinki summit is a big deal to China, too


The 2-hour talk in private between Trump and Putin without any American official except Trump’s interpreter is the major reason why the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit is exceptionally important. Further provoked by what Trump said at the press conference after the summit, the American critics bombarded their president on all kinds of media, and the harshest … Continue reading

Why the China-Israel relation matters in the Middle East


The mainstream explanations for the European powers’ attempt to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive despite the US’ withdrawal, including the worry of pushing Iran to Russia and China, economic consideration, hope for moderating the theological regime, prevention of nuclear weapon production, wish for Washington’s comeback with a non-Trump presidency and etc, all make sense. … Continue reading

Trump insists on $200 bn, after his easy US-China trade war victory


On May 19, the White House, after a 2-day US-China meeting on trade, issued a statement saying that there “was a consensus on taking effective measures to substantially reduce the United States trade deficit in goods with China … China will significantly increase purchases of United States goods and service. This will help support growth … Continue reading

Identity Politics pushing CEE nations to co-map out a new Eurasia with China and SCO


Using xenophobia or even Islamophobia to label the ethno-nationalistic movements in Central-Eastern Europe (CEE) is misleading. f they are anti-foreign, how come the CEE governments and peoples are so passionate with the 16+1 commitment with China as well as some co-development programs with certain Asian countries such as Japan and Vietnam? True, the CEE nations … Continue reading

Is it curious that Ronnie O’Sullivan has applied for Chinese citizenship?


“The snooker legend, Ronnie O’Sullivan, 42, has applied for citizenship in China because he’s had enough of living in Britain,” the Daily Star reported on 17 June 2018 Sunday. “ … he said: ‘Have you noticed China like to make friends with other countries? Maybe the UK and America could take a leaf out of … Continue reading

What next to China after the Trump-Kim Summit may be a war


The Singapore-based Channel NewsAsia reported this on June 11: “When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hitched a ride on an Air China plane to his summit with Donald Trump in Singapore, the signal was clear: Beijing remains Pyongyang’s diplomatic wingman” (while the Trump-Kim summit result carries a heavy-weight message to East Asia and the … Continue reading

The Chinese influence in New Zealand … for four votes


“… failure to respond to interference attempts by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) should endanger New Zealand’s membership (of the ‘Five Eyes’, an intelligence-sharing alliance among the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand since 1955), Peter Mattis, a former CIA China expert testified to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission” in April. With … Continue reading

Is Modi joining the Indo-Pacific containment of China, or not?


An informal India-China summit between the two leaders was held on April 27-28, 2018. Although it did not capture much attention of the Western mainstream media, it has signified a decisive, if not yet a U-turn, change to the India-China relationship. Let us have a quick look at the background. Firstly, a 73-day military standoff … Continue reading

How China may benefit from Trump’s pullout from the Iran deal


Almost all the leading mainstream media across the Atlantic Ocean express worries about the U.S.-Europe ties after President Trump announced his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal on May 8. The influential der Spiegel of Germany says “Trump strikes a deep blow to Trans-Atlantic ties”. The Observer editorial at the Guardian talks about “Europe’s duty … Continue reading

‘China Threat’ helps make Trump a great president


Further to the Pew Research’s 2014 finding that “…The ‘China threat’ in particular looms large in many American minds”, a new study finds that “trade and China”, alongside “immigration”, carried heavy weight in having Donald Trump elected as the President in 2016. The research paper approved on March 26, 2018 by the Proceedings of the … Continue reading

US-China trade deal obstructed by dispute over Taiwan


The US-China negotiation atmosphere was not bad 2 days before the American team, which was headed by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, went to China. When the delegation team landed on Beijing on May 3 Thursday, “Trump tweeted: ‘Our great financial team is in China trying to negotiate a level playing field on trade! I look … Continue reading

Businesses don’t like it, but the Australian government is dead right about China


Business and China Lobbyists can jump up and down, but the government has handled the aggressive and brutal Chinese dictatorship well. The China Lobby has various groupings, and a strictly accurate China Lobby Watch should note which wing is behind which statements. Today, it’s the business wing pushing the pro-Beijing line. The Financial Review‘s Jennifer Hewett … Continue reading

The coming China-Korea Reintegration


Trump confirmed personally that he would be meeting Kim Jong-un in May or early June. As I have said many times in the past three years, the United States has “no other choice but talk”. Therefore, it was Pyongyang to determine ‘when’, that is, after the nuclear and long-range missile tests have reached certain functional … Continue reading

Nobody knows anything about China


As a foreigner in China, you get used to hearing the retort “You don’t know China!” spat at you by locals. It’s usually a knee-jerk reaction to some uncomfortable modern issue or in defense of one of the many historical myths children in the mainland are taught as unshakeable facts about the world. But it’s … Continue reading

This ‘futurist’ is wrong about China’s future


Kevin Kelly, co-founder and editor of the futuristic Wired magazine, “sees China playing a big role in our future” because, as reported by Forbes on March 19, “Kelly sees two cultural changes happening in China that are helping push the country to the point where it can have a consistent delivery of goods: • A … Continue reading

Control over South China Sea: its historical burden and future


Control over the sea waters relies heavily on relative technological superiority because, unlike the control over a piece of land, you cannot simply station a large quantity of soldiers on the water surface permanently, nor settling civilians on it. Therefore, President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines wisely points out that the competition for controlling the … Continue reading

China’s two-term limit removal and a war in 2020-5?


The CCP’s proposal to remove the two-term limits on the state’s president and vice-president, which is a disrespect of Deng Xiaoping’s will, has definitely generated various negative influences onto China as well as the world: [a] paving a route towards lifelong dictatorship, [b] causing high risk to both domestic and foreign investors in China’s economy, … Continue reading

Competition for Maldives between India and China: a “Global Threat”?


“Trouble in Maldives Paradise could become a Global Threat: A power struggle in the tiny nation could pull India and China into conflict”, says The New York Times Editorial on Feb 11, 2018. Is it really so? Imagine you were the government leader of Maldives which, according to many scientific reports and actual measurements, is … Continue reading

The ‘Power Audit’ of EU-China


In Dec 2017, the European Council on Foreign Relations published a Power Audit report on China’s influence, named as “China at the gates”. It is a very long essay with lots of details. In the summary, it says “China practises ‘pick and choose’ in its relations with the European Union, focusing on its direct interests, … Continue reading

A proxy war after The Pentagon names China as top threat?


It could mean a proxy war when the Pentagon says they will be “forcing them (the competitors China and Russia) to confront conflict under adverse conditions”. Where may it be? “Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in the U.S. national security”, announced by the United States Defense Secretary James N. Mattis … Continue reading

How significant is Macron’s 3-day visit to China 2018?


It appears that French President Emmanuel Macron’s 3-day visit to China was a diplomatic gesture of no significance. Aside from the horse presented by Macron to China in return for the panda, the Chinese order of 184 short-haul Airbus A320s and the removal of ban on French beef (since 2001 due to Europe’s ‘mad cow’ … Continue reading

China’s Rise: “Sharp Power” or “Endgame” for global leadership?


The Economist highlights the concern for China’s “Sharp Power” in its Dec 16th 2017 Issue (p.9, 17-19) alongside “Soft Power” (culture and values) and “Hard Power” (military force and economic muscle). It argues that the “Chinese government is using stealth to shape public opinion and mute criticism in other countries …. China’s sharp power has … Continue reading

China is number one on Eurasia Group’s 2018 list of geopolitical risks


Eurasia Group, which was founded by Ian Bremmer in 1998 with a new and subsequently influential concept of “Global Political Risk Index” (GPRI) for the financial market, puts “China loves a vacuum” as the top risk for 2018. It says that when “China is setting international standards with less resistance than ever before … in … Continue reading

Israelis, Palestinians to attend forum in Beijing after Trump’s Jerusalem recognition


It is undeniably painful to the Arabs in general and the Palestinians in particular for facing the cruel reality that the Trump administration officially recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. However, despite the high profile protests raised by President Erdogan of Turkey at the summit of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Dec 13, and … Continue reading

A Red Flag for China on Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands after Trump’s move on Jerusalem


On Dec 6, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the United States formally recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. A quick look at history tells us that after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Israel took control over West Jerusalem (Britain’s Partition Plan failed completely) whereas the eastern part remained inside Jordan according to the 1949 … Continue reading

China is ‘unsettled’ by Australia’s justified criticism and showing ‘outright hostility’


International relations between China and Australia have “soured” and the Asian powerhouse’s mistrust of us is growing — an expert in the field has claimed. Nick Bisley, a Professor of International Relations at La Trobe University, says the country was once reserved in its criticism of Australia but a series of perceived provocations means the … Continue reading

An US-China fight for … (surprise?) … Muslims’ interest in Myanmar


On Nov 20 Bloomberg reported: “China offers solution for Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar. “China Foreign Minister Wang Yi outlined a three-point solution that would allow Myanmar and Bangladesh to resolve the situation…… Wang told reporters that China was ‘willing to play a constructive role’ in resolving the situation.” On Nov 23 Associated Press reported: … Continue reading

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