International Relations

16
Jul

Globalization and What It Means for Investors

As technology has improved and people are able to communicate more quickly, the world is effectively shrinking. By this, we mean that it’s getting easier and easier to conduct business around the globe. Think about it: ● Taking a trip around the world (something that was almost impossible just a hundred years ago) can now

16
Jul

The Thucydides Trap: Is China – US Military Escalation Inevitable?

An exclusively history-oriented analytical framework with respect to Sino-American tensions yields “predictions” that seem downright worrisome, for example implications of the “Thucydides Trap” paradigm, a term coined by Graham Allison (Harvard professor/historian) and which refers to the idea that when rivalry between an emerging power (in our case China) and the status quo dominant power

13
Jul

Sino-American Relations in a Post-Pandemic World: From Solidarity to… the “Chinese” Virus?

As pretty much all loyal ChinaFund.com readers (should) know all too well, Sino-American relations have been tension-laden for trade-related reasons well before the coronavirus (later on COVID-19) became a known threat. It therefore makes perfect sense to see the relationship between the world’s #1 and #2 economic superpowers in nominal GDP terms from the perspective

10
Jul

China in a Post-Pandemic Geopolitical Framework: Global Solidarity vs. Isolationism

Something as devastating as a pandemic inevitably brings about economic consequences that can be remarkably difficult to identify… at least at the beginning. To make matters worse, the COVID-19 pandemic also made “globalized” supply chain weaknesses as well as over-optimization (for example, business models which revolve around “production on demand” rather than expensive and logistically

07
Jul

Meaningfully Understanding the China – World Bank Equation

As mentioned in our article about the International Monetary Fund’s relationship with China, the Republic of China joined the IMF in 1945 and in the same year, it joined the World Bank. However, things got quite tricky after the Chinese Civil War ended and the People’s Republic of China emerged, for the simple reason that

06
Jul

China and the International Monetary Fund: (Oftentimes Incongruent) Regional and Global Dynamics

All the way back in 1945, the Republic of China (not to be confused with the post-1949 People’s Republic of China) was a co-founder of the International Monetary Fund, along with 34 other countries. Moving on to the People’s Republic of China, however, it was only as of 1980 that IMF ties were established, for

04
Jul

China in an International Border Closure Context

Much has been said about pretty much every facet of the Covid-2019 calamity but in our view, too little attention has been paid to the long-term international relations implications of the aggressive border closure action (to give perhaps the most obvious example) that has been taken worldwide. From Donald Trump who has been continuously bragging

17
Jun

Bernie Sanders from the Perspective of… China?

Whether we are referring to the 2016 election, when Hillary Clinton ended up being chosen as the Democratic Nominee rather than Bernie Sanders or to the 2020 one, where pretty much a repeat occurred, with the mainstream moderate candidate Joe Biden being on the receiving end of advantages brought about not necessarily by his own

16
Jun

Does China Consider Joe Biden a “Desirable” President?

This much is certain: while many Americans are quick to dismiss Joe Biden as yet another “mainstream” candidate who wants to do little more than preserve the status quo due to his let’s say centrist allure (compared to both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, two candidates who have made disrupting the system the focal point

14
Jun

China in a Possible Global Supply Chain Complexity Reduction Scenario

Regardless of how you feel with respect to the medical dimension of the coronavirus or, more specifically, covid-19 situation, there is no denying that it has unleashed consequences that are impossible to ignore when it comes to the economic dimension. In light of the fact that the ChinaFund.com team does not consist of epidemiologists or