China’s Bigger Economic Threat

Charging Bull by Arturo Di Modico (photo by Sam Valadi via Flickr)

by Walden Bello Conventional wisdom holds that China is on the ascent and the United States is in decline, that China’s economy is roaring with raw energy and that Beijing’s “Belt and Road” mega-project of infrastructure building in Central, South,… Continue Reading  

Is a War with China on the Horizon?

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (DOD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley)

by Michael T. Klare On May 30th, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy. From now on, he decreed, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), which oversees all U.S. military forces in Asia, will be… Continue Reading  

A Power Shift to the East: Iran and the SCO

Meeting of the SCO heads of government

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi and Seyedrasoul Mousavi On June 8-9, the 18th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will be held in Qingdao, China. The SCO consists of eight full members (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, India, and… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia and China: More Alike Than Different

Xi Jinping and Mohammed bin Salman

by Thomas W. Lippman Before 1990, Saudi Arabia did not have diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. The rigidly anti-communist Saudis had continued to recognize the government of the Republic of China, on Taiwan. In the years since,… Continue Reading  

China’s Position on the Iran Nuclear Deal

Xi Jinping and Hassan Rouhani

by Emma Scott Earlier this month, China underlined its commitment to the Iran nuclear deal (also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). In a statement by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying following Prime Minister Netanyahu’s “Iran… Continue Reading