Trump, China and the Uncertain Future of Global Climate Change Policy

As the world braces for an expected shift in US climate policy under Trump, China will suddenly be in position to take the lead in the global fight against climate change. This is a complex proposition, as China has proven both its impressive renewable energy development capabilities, as well as its current inability to control pollution.

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…

Three’s Company: China, Japan, and South Korea Meet to Discuss Future

China, Japan, and South Korea have held trilateral meetings this week to discuss increased economic cooperation and to restore trade and security ties. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and South Korean President Park Geun-hye released a joint statement: The three counties have agreed to resume regular trilateral meetings, once a routine…

Royal Welcome: UK Rolls Out Red Carpet for China’s Xi Jinping

In Great Britain this week, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with British Prime Minister David Cameron—the two convening to discuss major bilateral deals through which China will invest $46 billion in the UK economy. Cameron has declared that these deals will create 3,900 new jobs in the UK, though the Conservatives neglect to mention that the…