Written by Gordon Houlden. The retreat of the Republic of China (ROC) government and its armed forces to Taiwan did not occur in a strategic vacuum. The somewhat suppressed struggle between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party of China (CPC) between 1937 and 1945 was subsumed in the global […]
Written by Yvonne Chiu. The recent nearly three-month military standoff between India and China in the Doklam area of the Himalayas, which is contested by Bhutan, ended in August with a mutual withdrawal under murky circumstances and platitudes all around. It received less attention and concern than other […]
Written by Timo A Kivimäki. The Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli’s visit to Saudi Arabia in the summer of 2017 was a deal maker. There was agreement on a US$20 billion Sino-Saudi investment fund, along with discussions of nuclear energy projects and other economic agreements worth nearly US$70 […]
Written by Katharine H.S. Moon. Those who want to end North Korea’s nuclear threats often point to China as the sole actor who could save the day by making Kim Jong-Un and his regime stand down. Beijing provides about 90 percent of imports that North Koreans rely on, […]
Written by Gerald Chan. In her maiden policy address on 11 October 2017, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, made a pointed reference to China’s ‘one belt, one road’ (OBOR) Initiative. She said that Hong Kong would sign an agreement with the National […]
Written by Simon Chadwick. China’s interest in football is not just a recent phenomenon; in fact, some in China are convinced their country first invented the game. Whether this is true remains a subject that many across the world would no doubt debate.
Written by Charles Burton. When the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Congress drew to a close recently, President Xi Jinping emerged, as intended, with a steely new grip on power. Having been enshrined in the Party Constitution as the sole legitimate interpreter of Chinese Marxism for the “new era,” Xi’s political […]