Power Like It’s 1949: Xi Revamping Party Authority

As China braces for an uncertain economic future, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is furiously ushering in a pro-government campaign that provides the Party a rejuvenated degree of authority. Yet, the most distinct aspect of this movement has been the vivid face of this power reconsolidation campaign—the face of the Party leader himself, Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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…

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…

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…