International Relations


(How Much) Would Economic Sanctions Hurt China?

To avoid misunderstandings and make things perfectly clear right from the beginning, this article pertains exclusively to Russia-style sanctions aimed at potentially isolating the Chinese economy. It does not refer to more or less “tit for tat” trade war measures, such as those initiated by trading partners such as the United States and covered extensively


China and Germany: Macroeconomic Paradox of Thrift?

The idea of being “responsible” with your finances, whether we are referring to personal finance or the finances of a nation, has been the status quo (financial) goal for centuries upon centuries. For an individual, this means spending less than you produce and setting a little something aside on a regular basis. For a country,


Is China (Over) Reliant/Dependent on Russian Natural Resources and Commodities

Right off the bat, it is important to state that this article doesn’t cover China and Russia’s trade relationship in general, there is already a post about just that which can be accessed by clicking HERE. Instead, our (apparently simple) goal revolves around tackling two questions: Is China reliant or even dependent on Russian natural


Geopolitical Hot Spots and… China?

Whenever discussions surrounding geopolitical hot spots such as the Middle East or North Korea emerge, most experts usually end up choosing a binomial “United States vs. Russia” perspective. Indeed, it is quite remarkable how China is almost always the entity portrayed as the adversary of the United States from an economic perspective but on the


(For How Long) Can China Rise Peacefully?

As mentioned in other articles, many of the vocal adversaries of today’s China have been willing to tolerate and even support China’s economic growth for an extended period of time (not just years but downright decades). Fast-forward to the present and we see China being painted as the proverbial economic as well as (geo)political


China and the USSR: Ideological Common Denominators, Past Challenges and Modern-Day Russian Perspectives

The Sino – Russian dimension of geopolitics (with its economic as well as military implications) is without a doubt a key piece in the “understanding China” puzzle and for this reason, we have dedicated an entire article to it that you can access by clicking HERE. However, referring to China’s relationships with modern-day Russia exclusively


The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC): Why Investors Should Pay Attention

We have covered geopolitical entities with a broader scope here on (the ASEAN, that you can read about by clicking HERE, and the even broader APEC, analyzed through an article you can access by clicking HERE) and it should be obvious why those are relevant to the average China-oriented investor. What about “narrower” ones


Does China Have Military Allies?

If we were to limit ourselves to putting a superficial perspective on the table, this article could end up being remarkably short, because “no, not really” would be the straightforward answer to the question which constitutes the title of this post. Does China have military allies? No, especially not if we are to see things


China in the Context of a Regional or Global Military Conflict

We have referred to the military dimension of China every now and then here on and have even written an article dedicated exclusively to its military sector, which we would recommend reading before getting started with the current article. As a bit of a “cliff notes” introduction, let’s just say that if we were


China and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in a Nutshell

In a previous article, we’ve put the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) under the microscope and while it cannot be considered a 100% homogeneous entity, it is… well, homogeneous enough to make analyzing it relatively straightforward. The same cannot be said about the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, established back in 1989 so as to nurture