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…

The One and Only: China Expands One-Child Policy to Two Children

When the Chinese government announced late last month that the almost four decade-long one-child policy was coming to an end, many rejoiced at the news that couples are now permitted to have two children. This is a major policy shift for a country that has sought to limit the continued growth of its enormous population…

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…

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…

China Teaching Youth to Calculate, Not Innovate

As China’s economy shows clearer signs of a slowdown, with GDP growth expected to cap at under 7%, the country will now rely increasingly on its greatest investment—the Chinese youth. However, though the Chinese have advocated for a strong education system that is serving to fuel the country’s developing economy, there is growing concern about…

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…