International Relations


Asymmetric Warfare from a Chinese Perspective

In the spirit of being intellectually honest, it makes sense to start by at least articulating the “elephant in the room” in terms of scenario-related questions: will there be a military confrontation between the United States and China? And to remain in the realm of honesty, there can be only one such answer: we just


Does the West Need China More Than China Needs the West?

Here at, we have written a fair bit about the fact that yes, China can be considered among the top beneficiaries or even “the” top beneficiary of globalization and for the most part, discussions pertaining to this topic tend to revolve around the narrative that China has been given a proverbial free ride by


From Globalization to Fragmentation: Can China Keep Thriving?

Before getting started with this article, we would strongly recommend reading two of our previous ones. First of all, our article about globalization in general, through which we highlight the pros as well as cons associated with globalization and explain that while there are indeed cons involved, it is difficult to believe that globalization is


How Realistic Are Peaceful US – China Supremacy Transition Scenarios?

As mentioned rather frequently here at, pretty much any intellectually honest market observer with a firm grasp on the very basics in terms of arithmetic can determine that more likely than not, it is only a matter of time until China surpasses the United State, at least in terms of nominal GDP. Furthermore, as


Is China or the West Better-Positioned to Recover Economically After the 2020 Shock?

On more than one occasion, China’s successful containment measures have been presented as a significant victory, oftentimes in stark contrast to the manner in which the proverbial West has tackled the COVID-19 problem. Compared to China, it goes without saying that the West has been slower and less firm to react, with the costs proving


Can China “Print” Its Way to Prosperity? What About… Everyone Else?

In a previous article, we have explained that despite what some economists claim to be a “new paradigm” of central banking, there is a limit as to just how low interest rates can go. Simply put, while savers are willing to tolerate low or even slightly negative interest rates for reasons which range from convenience


The Political Implications of the Covid-19 Pandemic in China and Elsewhere

We will be brutally blunt right from the beginning: those who assume the COVID-19 crisis will not change the worldwide political landscape dramatically are deluding themselves. From causing problems directly to making already-existing ones crystal clear, a calamity such as the one which affected humanity in 2020 cannot simply go by consequence-free politically speaking. Let


The “End” of Globalization? A Chinese Perspective

Pretty much any intellectually honest observer who has been keeping a close eye on geopolitical developments since at least 2016 can confirm that globalization hasn’t exactly been on a popularity increase spree. From let’s call them victories of isolationism such as the 2016 Brexit vote and the 2016 US elections to shocks such as the


China in the Context of Increasingly Adversarial International Relations

A worldwide calamity brings out the best and worst in both people and… well, nations as geopolitical actors. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has done quite a bit when it comes to the latter in both cases, with nations acting in such an adversarial manner in many instances that the very foundation of international trade risks


U.S. Social Media Companies and China

In a world that is growing more and more connected every day, it’s interesting to take a look at all of the different relationships between countries and private companies. Above others, the one industry that arguably leads in terms of influence is represented by, as many have most likely guessed… the social media sector. Social