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China announces strategically important Kra Isthmus Canal in Thailand


The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: A memorandum of cooperation among various enterprises on the construction of Kra Canal in Thailand has been signed in Guangzhou China. The canal, located at Kra Isthmus, will enable ships to bypass the Malacca Strait so as to shorten their voyage by 1,200 km. It … Continue reading

China says it may have citizens fighting in Iraq


Muslim extremists from China’s far western region of Xinjiang have gone to the Middle East for training and some may have crossed into Iraq to participate in the upsurge of violence there, China’s special envoy for the Middle East said on Monday. China has repeatedly expressed concern about the upsurge in violence in Iraq and … Continue reading

Israel: The new power in Southeast Asia


(Audio) Few disguised blessings are less disguised than Israel. One article uses a map to explain the strength that one small country has against Statist Islam. Israel is all that stands between the West and the Middle East, the East and the Middle East, the North and the Middle East, and the South and the Middle East—and … Continue reading

Chinese media says “Vietnam doomed to lose”


The following is translated from Chinese media: Due to instability in the Middle East, China has determined to extract the oil and gas in the disputed waters in the South China Sea. China has the equipment and technology to do that. The problems are what other claimants to the disputed waters will do to stop … Continue reading

Why China can’t take over the world


China is preparing to surpass the United States as the world’s largest economy, in purchasing power parity terms (using China’s grossly exaggerated economic figures). Already its economy is supposedly 80% the size of the US, and if current growth rate differentials persist, it could possibly take China only about four more years to surpass the … Continue reading

Syria is a diplomatic challenge for China


China’s approach to the Syria crisis has been driven by a desire to avoid any US led military intervention. Beijing’s dissatisfaction with the West’s intervention in Libya in 2011, following Security Council decision 1973, has led it to be far more circumspect in the case of Syria. It has joined Russia in vetoing three UN … Continue reading

Australian navy to protect sea lanes to China, Japan and South Korea


Protecting the massive resources projects in northern and Western Australia and export supply lines to China, Japan and South Korea will be a major Defence priority for the Abbott government. New Defence Minister David Johnston said last night that this was one reason the navy needed highly capable long-range submarines to complement its surface warships. … Continue reading

China’s only good news is bad news from elsewhere


China‘s appearance in international headlines thus far in 2013 has often been because of quality of life issues. The year began with reports of unusually high smog levels in Beijing and images of massive numbers of dead pigs clogging Shanghai waterways. Next came stories of a run on milk-powder supplies in Hong Kong, triggered by ongoing … Continue reading

China’s CCP tightens grip on power after Egyptian crisis


CCP leaders view the latest upheaval in the Middle East as a vindication of their policy of gradual reform and opening up to maintain stability. As demonstrations and street clashes again rock Egypt, many in China are watching closely to see what that will mean for the prospects of political reform at home. Many on … Continue reading

Australia sees China and US both central to future


Whoever wins the next Australian election will need deftness and subtlety in managing Australia’s foreign relations. This year’s Lowy Institute Poll indicates that Australians want a strong relationship with the US, are wary of China but think we should be able to maintain good relations with both countries. Three in four Australians choose China ahead … Continue reading

China’s latest discount product: drones


Want to buy a military-grade drone? That won’t be easy, unless you’ve got a good relationship with Beijing. A new market has emerged for inexpensive Chinese weapons, changing the regulatory calculus. The recent Paris air show highlighted the trouble with the burgeoning drone economy: While the technology is better than ever, there still aren’t many people … Continue reading

China: Iraq oil production booming, Venezuela lagging


The New York Times had an interesting article: ”China is reaping biggest benefits of Iraqi oil boom” on June 2, 2013.  The question that comes to mind is … Why is Chinese production in Iraq booming, and in Venezuela lagging? As late as 2007 and 2008, China clearly intended its investments in Venezuela to be its … Continue reading

US war against Iraq is paying off – for China


Remember the US government assurance that the Iraq War would pay for itself, once those oil revenues began gushing forth from a liberated Iraq? A decade later, the Iraq War is paying – for China. “We lost out,” said Michael Makovsky, a former Defence Department official in the Bush administration. “The Chinese had nothing to do with … Continue reading

The cultures of North Korea and China: conflict escalation explained


What’s with the rhetoric, fist pounding, and war-drumming? North Korea has a long history of making threats whenever they need food. In the past, war-talk resulted in lots of food and supplies being sent to North Korea a short time after. Maybe there were talks somewhere in that process, maybe not. But the West kowtowed … Continue reading

International Energy Agency’s view of China’s energy future


The World Energy Outlook is the International Energy Agency‘s annual report on the state of the international energy market, and the current report is remarkable for its analysis of the tectonic shift centred around China.  As the Chinese demand for fossil fuels grows, it will control the pricing of key commodities and dominate the market … Continue reading

As America pivots east, China marches west


In November, Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. President to visit Burma, and the first to visit Cambodia. As part of his administration’s pivot to Asia, Obama has ratcheted up his diplomacy in the region. Besides Southeast Asia, which is moving closer to the United States at the cost of its relationship with China, Obama … Continue reading

US Intelligence: China economy to surpass US by 2030


A report on global trends prepared by the U.S. intelligence community notes that by 2030 China is likely to have surpassed the United States as the world’s largest economy. The report suggests the United States would likely serve as “the first among equals” in a multi-polar world. “China alone will probably have the largest economy, … Continue reading

China flooding globe with cheap steel


China is ramping up its global exports of cheap steel, sometimes at a loss, as bulging stocks of the alloy give way to a worsening domestic demand picture for the commodity consuming giant. Slowing construction and industrial activity has hit Chinese steel demand and prices hard in the past few weeks, prompting market participants to … Continue reading

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