International Relations

08
Jul

Could China Win a Trade War Against the United States?

In light of the (relatively) recent concerns surrounding the possibility of trade tensions between China and the United State escalating in a dramatic manner, a lot of observers are undoubtedly asking themselves whether or not a trade war can actually be won. So, could China win a trade war against the United States? Yes. Could

06
Jul

China – India Relations: From Common Economic Goals to Geostrategic Concerns

China, with its population that exceeds 1.4 billion and India, with a population that exceeds 1.3 billion and is getting close to the 1.4 billion milestone, represent the world’s #1 and #2 nations by population and at the same time, countries that have grown tremendously from a GDP perspective and are poised to maintain their

05
Jul

China and Taiwan: Economic Strength vs. Geopolitical Vulnerabilities

As an analyst, one cannot help but be prudent when describing the relationship between China and Taiwan… or, to be more precise, relationships (plural) because, frankly, it’s very difficult as well as sub-optimal to treat the Chinese-Taiwanese status quo in a uni-dimensional matter. The most straightforward approach, in this author’s view at least, is seeing

05
Jul

Is China Still an “Emerging” or “Developing” Country?

Whenever there is a lot of money involved, even aspects such as national pride become less important and the issue of whether or not China should be considered an “emerging” or “developing” country is perhaps a textbook example. Think of it as Asian “Realpolitik” or, in other words, China’s way of trying to get the

04
Jul

The Belt and Road Initiative in a Nutshell

Up until 2016, it was called the OBOR (One Belt One Road) Strategy, whereas nowadays, we refer to it as the BRI (Belt and Road Initiative). To avoid misunderstandings, the word “one” was eliminated from the equation and “strategy” was replaced by “initiative” to avoid making other geopolitical players suspicious. Regardless of the name we

04
Jul

China’s Leadership Role(s) in a Potentially Multi-Polar World

Whether we like/accept it or not, the world is moving toward a multi-polar leadership framework as opposed to the US-centric one we have today. Why? Simply because there are many forces pushing the world in such as direction rather than there just being one reason which explains everything, forces such as: The United States itself

23
Jun

China and Globalization: From Generational Opportunity to Systemic Risk

In the Western world, globalization has many enemies and the reasons are not hard to understand. In light of the fact that many Western companies decided to either outsource or move to countries with lower workforce costs altogether, many domestic employees who thought the could count on job security were left vulnerable. To give you

21
Jun

China and the World Trade Organization’s Love/Hate Relationship

Back in 2001, China’s WTO membership came with promises that the authorities will embark on a journey which consists of clear measures that increase the access of foreign companies to China’s domestic market. Since then, China went from a $1.3 trillion GDP in 2001 to over $14 billion at this point and some countries (with

20
Jun

China and South Korea’s Economic Relationship, With a Focus on the United States Variable

It would in no way be an understatement to consider South Korea one of the most obvious victims of the trade tensions between China and the United States. In light of the fact that 4 out of 10 external shipments of South Korea have either China or the US as their destination, let’s just say

19
Jun

An “Under the Hood” Analysis of China’s Relationship With Russia

In light of the trade fears surrounding the United States and China, it should come as no surprise that the ties between China and Russia seem closer than ever. However, despite this reality, it is worth noting that the dynamic between the two is also burdened by a series of problematic variables, from territorial aspects