The Chinese Variable in the United States “2020 Elections” Equation?

Like any shrewd negotiator, Donald Trump tries to always display strength but how much of this strength is dissimulated when it comes to the current trade tensions with China? Leaving click-bait headlines and eccentric tweets aside, it doesn’t take more than a healthy dose of common sense to understand that Donald Trump is in a


China, the Rise of Populism and (Geo)Political Correctness

Some of the most horrifying historical events are tied not directly but rather indirectly to financial calamities and the rise of populism in today’s Western world needs to be seen from precisely that perspective. In other words, it is historically unjustified to look for a simple “cause – effect” correlation, it tends to be remarkably


China and Hong Kong: The Complex History of a (Highly) Sensitive Topic

In light of the dramatic protests which have taken place as a result of an initiative which revolves around “Hong Kong to mainland China” extradition, more and more otherwise uninterested observers have become… well, interested in this currently hot news story. However, a few superficial “one-liners” spouted by various more or less historically ignorant pundits


Hua Guofeng – Successor or Placeholder?

When you have two historical figures such as Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping who cast remarkably wide shadows, one problem which arises is that historical accuracy tends to sometimes also be buried under those shadows. In an earlier article, we’ve made it clear that not enough attention is usually given to Zhou Enlai despite him


Zhou Enlai: From Voice of Reason to Reform Facilitator?

Here at, it’s almost impossible to write a detailed article about China with a meaningful historic dimension without mentioning Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping… or both of them in quite a few cases. The same principle is valid when it comes to pretty much all China-oriented publications, so to say that Mao and Deng tend


The Role and Structure of the Communist Party of China

Before reading this post, we would strongly recommend reading our article about the history of the Communist Party of China so as to have the proper historic context needed to meaningfully understand the current role of the Communist Party of China and, of course, its structure. Right from the beginning, it makes sense to point


From Tumultuous Part to Present-Day Domination: The History of the Communist Party of China

Few observers are unaware of just how dominant the Communist Party of China is nowadays, with its 85+ million members and firm grip across pretty much all socio-politico-economic dimensions of China. In fact, here at, we frequently include aspects pertaining to the Communist Party of China in our analysis… and rightfully so because if


The Top 7 Threats to China’s Economic Growth

Right off the bat, it’s important to make it clear that a “threat” in the true sense of the word is not something that might bring about let’s say a growth rate decrease from 10% to 6.5% but rather an event/phenomenon so dramatic that it might even generate a recession. Believe it or not, even


The People’s Republic of China (PRC), AKA “Today’s China”

When referring to certain aspects related to China, you have to be specific and make it clear which “China” you are thinking about. Are you talking about one of the (many) Chinese dynasties? Or perhaps about the Republic of China (ROC), the “China” of 1912 to 1949* (the latter represents a more complex discussion, please


Chinese Diplomacy: From Low-Key Pragmatism to Assertiveness

Right from the very first article, we’ve made it clear that as peculiar of a paradox as it may seem, China was a huge economy (along with India, as outlined in the previously mentioned article) throughout most of its history without being all that interested in trading with other nations. As such, diplomacy was