Beijing’s Bid for Global Power In The Age Of Trump

Peng Liyuan, Xi Jinping, Donald Trump, and Melania Trump (L-R) at Mar-a-Lago in April 2017 (White House)

by Alfred McCoy As the second year of Donald Trump’s presidency and sixth of Xi Jinping’s draws to a close, the world seems to be witnessing one of those epochal clashes that can change the contours of global power. Just… Continue Reading  

The Uyghur Militant Threat: China Cracks Down And Mulls Policy Changes

The Kashgar Id Kah Mosque in Xinjiang, China

by James M. Dorsey China, responding to United Nations criticism, academic and media reports, and an embarrassing court case in Kazakhstan, has come closer to admitting that it has brutally cracked down on the strategic north-western province of Xinjiang in… Continue Reading  

China, The Language of Virtue, and the Global Order

Xi Jinping (Shutterstock)

by James Watt From a Western viewpoint, never has the international scene looked more provisional, more uncertain. Some of the confusion is self-inflicted (Trump, Brexit). Some results from a century of political failure and social crisis inflicted for the most… Continue Reading  

The Bear, The Dragon, and The Persian Cat

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj  “Today, Russia and China effectively shelter Iran from complete isolation and provide it with political support, defence assistance, and economic ties it cannot receive elsewhere.” That is the primary contention of a new book by Dina Esfandiary,… Continue Reading  

Central Asians Cautiously Chart Course Independent of China

Nursultan Nazarbayev

by James M. Dorsey China’s brutal crackdown in its north-western province of Xinjiang and growing questions about the dark side of some of its Belt and Road investments is fueling anti-Chinese sentiment, prompting some countries to explore ways to chart… Continue Reading