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Warren Strobel and Jonathan Landay September 5, 2018
Social media platforms are designed to gather data from users in order to promote connections. US counterintelligence chief William Evanina warns that Chinese agencies are using fake LinkedIn accounts “to recruit Americans with access to government and commercial secrets,” reports Reuters. “LinkedIn says it has 575 million users in more than 200 counties and territories, including more than 150...
Minxin Pei September 5, 2018
The Communist Party of China seeks to avoid the fate of the Soviet Union and its political system, and that is why China adopted some features of capitalism with a focus on economic growth. Nominal per capital income increased from $333 in 1991 to $7,329 in 2017. But China, much like the Soviet Union, is being drawn into a costly arms race with the United States. China’s defense budget, standing...
Vasilis Trigkas and Qian Feng August 30, 2018
US leaders may misunderstand Chinese economic fundamentals by assuming that a trade war will trigger a debt crisis that threatens China’s government. Vasilis Trigkas and Qian Feng of Tsinghua University point to three China-specific economic characteristics that could prevent an economic crash. The Chinese Communist Party controls the nation’s information infrastructure which gives regulators...
Cory Baird August 24, 2018
The US-China war is disrupting global supply chains, and companies must decide if they will relocate assembly lines away from China, temporarily or permanently, or wait for a compromise. Companies with long supply chains have more adjusting to do, and one petrochemical industry expert warned that recovery will require more time than the period the tariffs are in effect. China and the United...
New Zealand Herald August 15, 2018
New Zealand’s Parliament passed a law prohibiting most non-resident foreigners from purchasing existing homes, with exceptions for those from Australia and possibly Singapore due to trade agreements. Supporters hope to reduce rising home prices and homelessness, but Mike Hosking, writing for the New Zealand Herald, calls it one of the government’s biggest mistakes due to a misunderstanding of...
Kim Bo-eun August 7, 2018
The United States, with the world’s largest military and economy, finds it challenging to encourage support among close allies for enforcing sanctions. The leaders of North Korea and the United States met in June to discuss initial steps on denuclearization. The US urges strict maintenance of North Korea sanctions until the country takes significant steps on denuclearization are made. South Korea...
Carl Thayer August 2, 2018
ASEAN foreign ministers and China have developed a draft negotiating text for code of conduct in the South China Sea. Singapore, as chairman of ASEAN for the upcoming year, led the effort. The draft will be the basis of future negotiations. Those negotiations have been underway since 1995. Points of disagreements since 2000 include geographic scope and construction restrictions. Carl Thayer,...