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E-sports in China: History, Issues and Challenges.

Written by Lu Zhouxiang.

E-sports refers to competitive tournaments of video games among mainly professional gamers. A 2015 research report produced by games market research company Newzoo and global sports market analytics firm Repucom shows that worldwide e-sports market revenue reached US$194 million in 2014 and is predicted to reach US$465 million in 2017. Competitive gaming has grown into a popular spectator sport with a fan base comparable to that of mid-tier traditional sports such as volleyball and swimming. Continue reading “E-sports in China: History, Issues and Challenges.”

Renewable energy: Canada learns from China

Written by Daouda Cissé.

Even though Canada and China have developed political and diplomatic relations, the economic ties between the two countries remain the most important aspect of the relationship. Both countries have developed strong trade and investment relations in various areas such as agriculture, real estate, infrastructure, services and education among others. While trade and investment between Canada and China have grown over the years, the resources sector is at the forefront of Canada-China relations with important concentrations in the mining and oil industries.  Continue reading “Renewable energy: Canada learns from China”

‘Paper cat’ Australia has real fears for China to address

Written by Mark Beeson.

Nations can choose their friends – and their enemies – but they can’t choose their geography. Australia is fortunate to enjoy one of the most strategically benign locations in the world, but this hasn’t stopped generations of policymakers from being anxious about Asia generally and the region to their north in particular. Continue reading “‘Paper cat’ Australia has real fears for China to address”

To curb North Korea’s nuclear program, follow the money

Written by John S Park.

North Korea’s fifth nuclear test on September 9 sparked a new round of questions about how to contain this rapidly growing threat. Like clockwork, the United States and its northeast Asian allies are already preparing another dose of sanctions.

Most U.S. defense experts believe that a military response against North Korea would quickly escalate to open conflict with massive casualties. Instead, the world community has responded to North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests in recent years by constantly tightening economic and political sanctions on Pyongyang. Since North Korea’s first nuclear test in October 2006, the United Nations Security Council has adopted five resolutions designed to deny North Korea access to components for its nuclear and missile programs. Continue reading “To curb North Korea’s nuclear program, follow the money”

Hinkley C power project offers a lesson in how not to deal with China

Written by Adrian Campbell. 

The British government has given the go-ahead to the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project, in partnership with the China General Nuclear Power Company (CGNPC) and EDF of France. Its announcement was as perfunctory as the previous announcement that the project would be placed under review back in July by Theresa May, the new prime minister. Apparently, new safeguards, giving the government the right to prevent other partners taking a majority stake, have made all the difference.

It is difficult not to arrive at a rather different interpretation. Namely, that the decision to review the project was carried out in a way that quite unnecessarily put Britain’s future relations with China in jeopardy. As a result, the only way out was to reinstate the project with the fig-leaf of new safeguards. Continue reading “Hinkley C power project offers a lesson in how not to deal with China”

Official Blames ‘Rude’ Taiwanese for Drop in Chinese Tourism

Written by J.Michael Cole.

As tour operators prepare to protest next Monday to call on the Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) administration to help the sagging tourism industry, a spokesman for the Travel Agent Association of the R.O.C. Taiwan attributes a drop in Chinese tourists to online rudeness by the Taiwanese.

Ringo Lee (李奇嶽), spokesman for the Association, said on Wednesday that dwindling numbers in Chinese arrivals to Taiwan were not the result of a decision by Chinese authorities to punish the Tsai administration for refusing to acknowledge the so-called “1992 consensus,” but rather “smearing language” used by Taiwanese netizens to refer to Chinese people. Continue reading “Official Blames ‘Rude’ Taiwanese for Drop in Chinese Tourism”

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