On September 3, 2017, an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude sent tremors across the globe, caused not by a buckling tectonic plate, but by North Korea’s sixth nuclear test. As tensions in the region continue to escalate, neither the United States nor North Korea seem inclined to defuse the explosive situation, with President Trump refusing to rule out the military option and Kim Jong-Un promising massive … Continue reading A Radically Peaceful Solution to the North Korea Crisis
On January 23rd, 2017, just three days after his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump signed a presidential memorandum titled “Regarding Withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement.” With three strokes of his pen, President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This action killed the TPP in its form at the time … Continue reading The Post-America Future of Asian Trade
Since January, comments from the new Trump administration about the South China Sea have stirred controversy in Beijing. Starting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s comparison of China’s actions in the South China Sea to Russia’s seizure of Crimea, the Trump administration has had a rocky start in diplomatic relations with China, especially concerning the tense territorial dispute over the South China Sea. … Continue reading Rough Waters Ahead: Chinese-American Relations in the South China Sea
The Thucydides Trap posits that a rising nation and an existing great power must inevitably clash as the former will never be content with inferiority and the latter will seek to maintain its dominance. While current Sino-American relations seem to represent the quintessential example, the Thucydides Trap need not apply to the continually expanding relationship between China and the United States. Academics frequently cite this … Continue reading The United States: China’s Power Ceiling
China positioned the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games as the nation’s grand re-introduction to the international community—and to cover the event appropriately, foreign correspondents in China enjoyed eased restrictions and unencumbered coverage that suggested a liberalization for foreign media in China. After the curtains of the Olympics closing ceremony lowered, however, Chinese officials have reversed their open stance towards foreign correspondents, enforcing regulations more … Continue reading The Correspondents’ Dilemma?
First proposed by Xi Jinping in late 2013, the “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative covers a wide range of objectives, aiming to “instill vigor and vitality into the ancient Silk Road, connect Asian, European and African countries more closely and promote mutually beneficial cooperation to a new high and in new forms,” according to the text of the policy itself. As a … Continue reading The Road Well-Traveled
“We only wait for the wind.” Zheng Liang, a Chinese teacher at Minzu University in Beijing, describes what she and most Beijingers do when smog storms hit China’s capital. Speaking frankly to a class of two students, including myself, her frustrations bleed through in the way she discusses pollution in China. She means every word of her comment about the wind. When smog … Continue reading Gone Only with the Wind: The Shortcomings of Air Pollution Regulations in China
JAYLIA YAN dissects China’s new foreign NGO law and its ramifications for Chinese civil society. Continue reading The End of Civil Society?
ZHEYAN NI discusses how online battles between Mainland and Taiwanese netizens reflect the growing rift in cross-strait mutual understanding. Continue reading Battles of the Keyboard
China Hands editors NICHOLAS WU and YIFU DONG summarize the uncertainties that might lead to instability in president-elect Donald Trump’s policies on East Asia. Continue reading Make East Asia Unstable Again?