International Relations


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


China and Japan: Robust Trading Partners, Geopolitical Frenemies

It is hard to discuss China and Japan without mentioning the many geopolitical tensions that are plaguing the diplomatic relationships between the world’s #2 and #3 countries by nominal GDP. However, even diplomatic relationships that seem blocked can display signs of volatility, especially in light of the serious concerns both of these countries are manifesting


The (In)Famous China – United States Trade Relationship

Perhaps the most important aspect to understand about the trade-related tensions between China and the United States is the fact that the stakes are extremely high. According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, China is currently the most significant trading partner of the United States, with roughly $737 billion in goods and


The Dynamic of China’s Relationship with the European Union

With all of the attention the trade relationship of China and the United States is receiving, China’s dynamic with the European Union from a trade perspective tends to be less discussed. However, this doesn’t stop the European Union from being China’s main trading partner or China from representing the second trading partner of the European