China Confronts Terrorism at Home and Abroad

Following the Paris attacks on November 13, in which assailants killed 130 people and left 368 injured, world attention has again shifted to a focus on the global fight against terror. This tragic event is further evidence of ISIS’s rise from a mere afterthought to a preeminent threat towards international security and stability. Moreover, the…

Crossing the Strait: First Post-WWII Meeting of China-Taiwan Presidents

This past weekend, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou gathered for a meeting, followed by a dinner, at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore. This unexpected meeting, announced only days before President Xi’s already scheduled official visit to Singapore, was the first time leaders from each country have met since 1945—when Chiang Kai-shek…

The Race for Renewables: China Outpacing U.S. on Clean Energy

The international community tends to associate China with environmental degradation—and for good reason: China is responsible for one-third of Earth’s greenhouse gas output and host to 16 of the planet’s 20 most polluted cities. Recent headlines disclose that China—the world’s largest producer of carbon emissions—is actually burning up to 17% more coal per year than…

South China Sea: China’s Claims and Implications of U.S. Intervention

On Tuesday morning, October 27, 2015 Beijing time, the U.S. Navy conducted an operation in the South China Sea (SCS), sending a destroyer within 12 nautical miles of one of China’s man-made islands. The mission, which received approval from President Obama, is the first activity the U.S. military has had in the region since China…