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John A. Mathews January 2, 2019
China’s Belt and Road global investment strategy is financing more than $1 trillion in infrastructure development in more than 70 nations. The initiative, global in scope, is a response to the US “pivot to Asia” announced under the Obama administration, “carefully and astutely crafted to take advantage of moves by the US as the current hegemon,” explains John A. Matthews for the Asia-Pacific...
David Mahon December 31, 2018
As the US-China trade war continues, small nations expected to take sides will suffer economic losses. Countries, struggling to avoid coercion, must assess their relationships and values. Some like New Zealand will turn to other excuses, suggests David Mahon in an opinion essay for Caixin, but the trade war is the impetus. He points out that for New Zealand and more than 40 other nations, China...
Nayan Chanda December 19, 2018
US-Sino trade tensions run high, especially since the arrest of a Huawei Technologies executive in Canada. Huawei reports it supplies equipment to 45 of the world’s 50 largest telecommunications companies, so the trade war could soon ensnare other nations like India. “Three of India’s top telephone carriers use Huawei equipment and the company has been invited to take part in the next generation...
Robert Fife and Steven Chase December 7, 2018
The US-Chinese trade war has taken a new turn with news of the December 1 arrest of China’s Huawei Technologies chief financial officer in Vancouver, Canada – about the same time as Donald Trump and Xi Jinping put a pause on the trade war. Meng Wanzhou faces extradition for violation of trade sanctions against Iran. “The decision by Canadian authorities to detain such a high-profile Chinese...
December 5, 2018
Members of parliament found British Prime Minister Theresa May’s ministers in contempt, ordering release of the government’s complete legal advice on proposed terms for Brexit. The government had been trying to rush the proposal through to avoid too many second thoughts. The attorney general published a summary and answered questions, but advised that release of the complete version was not in...
William Pesek November 30, 2018
The world’s 20 largest economies gather in Buenos Aires for the G20 summit. Participants include the European Union and 19 nations, seven of which are in Asia. Asian nations worry about the ongoing trade fight between China and the United States, along with the threat of more tariffs, could trigger inflation and global recession. “The China-US trade brawl is the economic equivalent of giant...
Patricia Zengerle and Matt Spetalnick November 29, 2018
The US is weighing the possibility of new background checks and restrictions for Chinese attending US colleges. The goal is to protect national security and prevent intellectual property theft in sensitive areas. “In June, the U.S. State Department shortened the length of visas for Chinese graduate students studying aviation, robotics and advanced manufacturing to one year from five,” reports...