The Occupiers: Out of the Classroom and Into the Streets

Emily Feng elucidates student perspectives on the demonstrations in Hong Kong September 22, 2014, would have been like any other day, if not for the thousands of students who streamed into the square of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, instead of filing dutifully into their Monday classes. The students sported yellow armbands, shouted “Reject fake elections!” and clutched in their hands the signature umbrellas which … Continue reading The Occupiers: Out of the Classroom and Into the Streets

Northeast Asia: Interdependence Without Integration

by Sandy Jin With the recent change in leaderships in China, Japan, and South Korea, questions have been raised about the opportunities and challenges facing the tripartite powers in an era of conflict and cooperation. Despite territorial disputes, China, Japan, and South Korea restarted free trade talks in November 2012, and promised to begin the first round of negotiations in early 2013. What are the … Continue reading Northeast Asia: Interdependence Without Integration

China’s Impending Thirst

by Samuel Kim Although the People’s Republic of China has grown exponentially over the past 30 years to become the second largest economy in the world today, it has not developed without a cost. Despite stellar indicators of growth such as an annual average GDP growth of 9.9 percent that has lifted 500 million people out of poverty, China still has a plethora of obstacles … Continue reading China’s Impending Thirst

Sino-African Relations During China’s Re-balancing

by Dennis Wang In a 2011 speech in Zambia, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented, “We saw that during colonial times, it is easy to come in, take out natural resources, pay off leaders and leave,” referring to China’s increasing presence in Africa. While the public perception in America — where anti-China rhetoric is fierce — is that China is the new colonial power … Continue reading Sino-African Relations During China’s Re-balancing

Does America Need a Stronger China Lobby?

by Kyle Hutzler Since the normalization of relations between the People’s Republic of China and the United States, China, consistent with the normal practice of international relations, has traditionally engaged the US political system through the executive branch. In the past decade, however, China has initiated efforts to significantly deepen its relationship with Congress. The intensification of Chinese engagement with Congress is driven in part … Continue reading Does America Need a Stronger China Lobby?