International Relations

31
May

Just How Dependent Is China on the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)?

Time and time again, headlines surrounding various points of tension between the United States and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) pop up, with experts fervently commenting on one aspect or another of this equation but oftentimes ignoring the elephant in the room: the fact that at this point in time and most likely

30
May

Will PIIGS Fly? China’s Relationship With Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain

Few things scare markets more than deflationary crashes such as the 2007-2008 Great Recession but sovereign default scenarios most definitely do. Why? Simply because the status quo in terms of public discourse revolved around sovereigns being foolproof for an extended period of time, with occasional “Twilight Zone” situations such as ultra-vulnerable nations like Spain (which

29
May

China – UAE (United Arab Emirates) Relations Under the Microscope

Established back in 1984, it should come as any surprise to those familiar with let’s call them geopolitical realities that China – UAE relations have developed in a straightforward and positive manner, with the two pillars of this evolution being represented by the fact that: The trade dimension makes sense, with China for example being

28
May

China and Canada: Human Rights vs. Trade?

Trade with China has represented enough of an interest for Canada that even back in 1961, Canada’s prime minister at that point (John Diefenbaker) granted Canadian farmers access to China’s significant market despite the fact that diplomatic relations had not yet been established. As was the case with pretty much every other nation, diplomatic relations

27
May

The China – Mexico – United States Triangular Relationship: 1/5 of Worldwide Commerce and the Story Behind It

From many perspectives, China and Mexico can be considered competitors, especially when it comes to their goal of securing as much in terms of US market share for their exports as possible. Needless to say, it would be a “bit” of an understatement to point out that Mexico is highly dependent on the United States,

24
May

China and Thailand: A Pillar of ASEAN Stability?

For a very extended period of time, Siam/Thailand managed to figure out ways to effectively preserve its independence, primarily by appeasing the strongest powers of the time. Up until the 1850s, this strategy revolved around appeasing China due to it most definitely being the elephant in the room. As of that point and until the

07
May

China and Vietnam Relations: From Millennial Turbulence to Modern-Day Incentives

China and Vietnam have been “in touch” geopolitically since well before many other of today’s nations were even close to being on the map, so let’s just say we can safely check the track record box. Furthermore, their shared border is almost in the 1,300 km zone and as such, there is most definitely enough

06
May

China and Syria: A Key Piece of the Regional Geopolitical Puzzle?

Geopolitical discussions pertaining to Syria tend to primarily revolve around Russia and Iran, with China oftentimes receiving far less attention. A most peculiar state of affairs in light of the fact that China sees Syria as a critical element with respect to its long-term goal of exerting dominance in the Middle East, a region multiple

29
Apr

Are China – United States Proxy Wars a Genuine Threat?

This article represents a textbook example of a post that could be shortened to precisely one sentence that answers the question which constitutes its title: no, China – US proxy wars do not represent a genuine threat, at least not at this point in time. However, we believe in digging deep here at ChinaFund.com and

28
Apr

Democrats, Republicans and… Chinese Interests: Does China Prefer the Republican or Democratic Party?

The internal Democratic Party race which ultimately established who the final Democrat candidate for the 2020 presidential elections will be (Joe Biden) got us thinking about, of course, the manner in which these candidates are perceived by China. More specifically: Delaware’s Joe Biden, a let’s call him centrist by Democrat standards or, if you will,