Politics

The Phone Call: A Window Into Broader Questions of US-China Relations

On 2 December 2016, at 10 AM Eastern, President-elect Donald J. Trump received a congratulatory phone call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. The historic call marked a significant deviation from forty-years of tradition in US-China relations and will not be soon forgotten by China's leaders in Beijing. Over the last four decades, not a single… Continue reading The Phone Call: A Window Into Broader Questions of US-China Relations

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North Korea: Seeing and Believing

How the problematic mode of perceiving and understanding the North Korean problem has inhibited any meaningful engagement process By Benjamin Griffin In recent months, with on-going missile and nuclear tests, the DPRK has sustained its prevalence in the media spotlight. China is often looked to as the key mediator in the DPRK problem; indeed in… Continue reading North Korea: Seeing and Believing

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G20 can restore old bridges between China and Turkey

Turkey and China have some similarities in their cultures. The Chinese and Turkish peoples are similar with their Asian roots and support traditional family values that favour strong networking ties in their daily lives and careers. Turkey is half-European and half-Asian, which impacts how its people conduct their lives. They have adapted to a modern… Continue reading G20 can restore old bridges between China and Turkey

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‘Freedom of Navigation’ and its Implication for the South China Sea: A Talk by Captian Tian Shichen

What is the Chinese view of the South China Sea island disputes? A talk by Captian Tian Shichen of the Ministry of National Defence, China, Friday 15th April 2016 Captain Tian Shichen serves as Section Chief of the Chinese Ministry of Defence where he is in charge of crisis management and media relations. He has served in various… Continue reading ‘Freedom of Navigation’ and its Implication for the South China Sea: A Talk by Captian Tian Shichen

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The Imperial Turn: Chinese Foreign Policy in the 21st Century

Why does Xi Jinping's foreign policy appear to look backward rather than forward? Those who fail to learn history, as George Santayana once famously stated, are doomed to repeat it. This article discusses how history has played an intrinsic role in shaping the Chinese conception of the world and how Chinese leaders consequently juxtapose their… Continue reading The Imperial Turn: Chinese Foreign Policy in the 21st Century