Geopolitics

06
Dec

China and Latin America: Infrastructure Investments, Sustainability Concerns and the US Variable

We have covered the trade relationships between China and various entities here on ChinaFund.com extensively, but Latin America has been for the most part ignored (other than the fact that Brazil was put under the microscope through our BRICS article). Through this article, it’s time to put an end to that and tackle one of

04
Dec

China and Singapore: From “Third China” Concerns to Pragmatic Friendship

Right from the beginning, it is worth pointing out that Singapore has always done its best to avoid being labeled as the “Third China” (with the other two being, of course, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China – Taiwan) in light of the fact that three of four Singapore citizens are

25
Nov

China and the Philippines: “Pivot to China” Despite South China Sea Tensions?

According to Pew Research Center data, over 90% of those who live in the Philippines are worried that tensions around geopolitical hot spots such as the South China Sea between China and its neighbors could lead to a military confrontation. And, indeed, the Philippines is a significant variable in the South China Sea equation, with

20
Nov

China and Indonesia: ~1.7 Billion Reasons to Find Common Denominators

The #1 country worldwide in terms of population (China) and the #4 nation by the same metric (Indonesia) do indeed have roughly 1.7 billion reasons (their combined population) to engage in economic cooperation and identify common geopolitical denominators. And historically speaking, common denominators abound. The “first meaningful contact” moment between the two entities dates back

18
Nov

China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

It is close to impossible for China not to have some kind of a relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN, for the sake of convenience) in light of the fact that it shares deep ties with its 10 member states, which range from historical and cultural to more pragmatic geographical and economic

13
Nov

China, Inner Mongolia and… (Outer) Mongolia?

Misconceptions around this topic abound, starting with the very status of Mongolia itself. Is Mongolia an independent nation? Yes. Is Mongolia a part of China? Kind of. Does “Outer” Mongolia exist? Kind of… but not really. If you were not confused by now, you most certainly are at this point, so it is time to

11
Nov

The (Trade but Not Exclusively Trade) Relationship Between China and Malaysia

Despite there not being a border between the two countries, China and Malaysia share deep ties, anything from ethnicity-related ones (with a quarter of Malaysia’s population consisting of Malaysian Chinese after a migration phenomenon that occurred several centuries ago, although sociological data tends to indicate that they don’t necessarily identify as Chinese) to the economic

23
Oct

Money Talks: China’s Geopolitical Friends and Enemies

As cliche as the term may be, “money talks” represents perhaps the best possible two-word combination when it comes to accurately describing the current state of Sino-centric geopolitics. Frankly, the name of the game for those serious about embracing a realistic perspective on China’s geopolitical relationships is realizing that the sheer size of China’s economy

09
Sep

Donald Trump’s Love (?) – Hate Relationship with China

A rather compelling case can be made that no other US leader has been as vocal when it comes to pinpointing China as the number one adversary of the United States than Donald Trump. Of course, US leaders have steadily criticized all sorts of Chinese business practices, China’s various problems with respect to human rights

28
Aug

China’s Military Capabilities: From Past Suboptimality to Present-Day Strenght and Future Potential

As a bit of a historical perspective, we would recommend reading our article on China’s military sector before analyzing this one. If possible, it would perhaps be a good idea to also read our article about NATO’s more than complex relationship with China and after reading both, the following conclusion will inevitable emerge: the idea