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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, November 24, 2015


In the recently reported war games, the Pentagon probably did not consider the largest army in the world: America’s hunters. Most states have an army of hunters larger than most countries. And, if we combine that with all the bullets owned by the Weather Channel (pork-barrel spending?) and all the location data provided by the … Continue reading

Twice as many expatriates leaving China than arriving, as China loses its appeal


For years, China was a promised land for expanding multinationals and manufacturers, drawing hordes of expatriate employees eager to capitalize on the country’s billion-plus consumers. Could those days be over? A new study by UniGroup Relocation, which moves over 260,000 families per year worldwide for work, suggests they might be. According to the company’s customer … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, February 9


Three trends spanned the Pacific this week: journalism, entrepreneurs, and 2016 elections. News of ISIS spreads across Asia Pacific, including videos of a man being burned alive. China barks at century-old Taiwanese government leaders about standing up to the young Communist regime. Taiwanese local leaders respond that Beijing should learn to move past the past … Continue reading

How to deal with Chinese assertiveness: it’s time to impose costs


China’s reemergence as a wealthy and powerful nation is a fact. In recent decades its rise has been unprecedented, moving from the tenth-largest economy in 1990, to the sixth-largest economy in 2001, to the second-largest economy in 2010. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), China now surpasses the United States in terms of purchasing … Continue reading

China’s diplomatic blitzkrieg against the US at APEC summit may not be as successful as China believes


The following is a translation from Chinese media with commentary: The website of the US National Interest magazine published on November 30 the article “America’s Next Big Challenge: Countering China’s Diplomatic Blitzkrieg” by Richard Javad Heydarian, an Assistant Professor in international affairs and political science at De La Salle University, Manila, the Philippines and a … Continue reading

Australia and China sign landmark free trade deal


China and Australia on Monday sealed a landmark free trade agreement more than a decade in the making, significantly expanding ties between the world’s second largest economy and one of Washington‘s closest allies in Asia. The deal, which Australia called the best ever between Beijing and a Western country, will open up Chinese markets to … Continue reading

In veiled message to China, Obama renews commitment to Asia-Pacific pivot


President Barack Obama sought on Saturday to reassure Asia-Pacific allies about Washington’s strategic shift toward the region as he sent a veiled message to a rising China with a vow to “deepen our engagement using every element of our power”. Speaking in Australia on the final stop of a three-country regional tour, Obama insisted that Asia’s … Continue reading

China makes public its dream for Greater Asia Co-prosperity Sphere


In my post “China’s Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere” on January 28, 2012, I said: “Decades ago, Japan shed lots of blood to fight for the establishment of its Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere but failed disastrously. However, it seems that China will succeed in establishing a greater Asia Co-prosperity Sphere centred on China without firing … Continue reading

Massive spending won’t make China’s Asia dream come true; money can’t buy respect


After two years of waxing poetic at home about a “China Dream,” Xi Jinping wants to enchant the entire Asia region—and is dangling $1.25 trillion to make sure he does. “China’s development will bring huge opportunities and benefits to the Asia-Pacific and the world, President Xi told business leaders in Beijing on Sunday. “We are … Continue reading

China’s president says risks to economy ‘not that scary’


China‘s President Xi Jinping was quoted as saying, “Some people worry that China’s economic growth will fall further, can it climb over the ridge? There are indeed risks, but it’s not so scary. Even at growth of around 7 percent, regardless of speed or volume, (we) are among the best in the world.” “Economic Slowdown … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, November 10


After political defeat in the US, Obama looks to China. Taiwan’s Ma gets snubbed by China in the shadow of APEC. Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement inches toward the discovery that they weren’t shaping Beijing policy as much as they have already helped shape the world’s policy toward Beijing – a lesson Beijing still hasn’t caught … Continue reading

Japan caves to China on Senkaku Island dispute


In order to secure a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe agreed to a significant concession in Tokyo’s ongoing dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands, according to Japanese media outlets. As Shannon noted earlier today on China Power, Japanese officials now expect there to be a brief meeting between Chinese … Continue reading

China warns US, Japan, Australia not to gang up in sea disputes


China said on Monday the United States, Australia and Japan should not use their alliance as an excuse to intervene in territorial disputes in the East China Sea and South China Sea, and urged them to refrain from inflaming regional tensions. On Friday, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. Secretary of … Continue reading

China-U.S. military ties grow as they eye each other at sea


China’s official People’s Daily newspaper lambasted the U.S. when it led the most recent RIMPAC naval drill, the Pacific Ocean military simulation held every other year. The 22-nation exercise reflected Washington’s bid to “contain the military rise of another country,” it said. Next year, Chinese ships will join the Rim of the Pacific exercise for the first time. During a … Continue reading

China strives to set up Asian trade bloc to counter US move


China will later this month enter talks to create an Asian free-trade bloc covering 28 percent of world GDP, a reaction to U.S. progress in forming a Trans-Pacific Partnership that excludes China, South Korean Trade Minister Taeho Bark said on Monday. The RCEP, or Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, will be comprised of the 10-nation ASEAN … Continue reading

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