Search Results for "Beijing" : 22

by / on April 9, 2014 at 9:03 am / in Asia, Issue, Middle East, World

Paki-standing Alone

…ecurity and low-returns deals with Pakistan, an unstable economy that lacks a clear program for growth? And will Beijing continue its heavy political and economic engagement with Pakistan? Some arguments point to increasing the distance between Beijing and Islamabad. Mutually rewarding trade partnerships between India and China have thawed the two countries’ historically frigid relations, so there is a decreasing need for Islamabad to help Beijin…

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by / on March 4, 2011 at 3:07 am / in Africa, Asia, Issue, Main Menu, World

Bye Bye Beijing

by China’s recent activity in Africa goes beyond the mere muscle-flexing and oil-grabbing tendencies of an emerging global power. In the last five years, media reports of China’s growing presence in Africa have increasingly reinforced and intensified Western fears of an unrestrainable imperialist state. Articles brandishing headlines such as “China’s Economic Invasion of Africa” and “Africa: China’s New Backyard” depict Africa as the v…

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by / on May 9, 2014 at 8:54 pm / in Uncategorized

Naval-Gazing

…projection; they merely prevent American surface ships from operating close to Chinese shores. At the same time, Beijing has also invested in conventional naval assets as part of its own desires to project power regionally by procuring new ships and even an aircraft carrier, with plans to build more. Beijing’s intentions for its surface fleet are likely more modest and regional than the massive 11-carrier American navy, which has made ensuring th…

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by / on October 3, 2014 at 3:11 pm / in Asia, Web Columnists, World

Notes on the ‘Umbrella Revolution’

by By Citobun (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons The ongoing ‘Umbrella Revolution’ in Hong Kong can catalyze China’s journey to becoming a true democracy, or it can wither under the pressure from the Chinese government. The world has seen similar revolutions recently in Kiev and Moscow with thousands of citizens attempting to insert some sort of democracy into t…

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by / on August 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, World

Olympics Mean Nothing Politically Anymore

…in for the last two years have not prevented the UK from hosting the Olympics. At the last summer games, held in Beijing, the U.S. made the very deliberate and public decision not to boycott the games, despite the fact that 106 American lawmakers called for a boycott to protest China’s support of the despotic Sudanese government and the fact that 1.5 million Beijing residents would be forcibly relocated to make room for the stadium and game opera…

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by / on March 27, 2013 at 11:30 am / in Domestic, Opinion

The Great Green Wall of China

by “The Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure visible from space.” How many times have we heard this phrase – in class, in the media, and on visits to China? The idea was first proposed by William Stukeley, an 18th century antiquarian dubbed the founder of the field of modern archaeology, in 1754. By the end of the 19th century, it had become an established fact that the Wall could actually be seen from the moon. Sin…

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by / on October 2, 2012 at 10:00 pm / in Opinion, World

Same Old “New” CCP

by Corruption, bribery, and the importance of guanxi (connections) are ills which continue to plague Chinese society. Meet any Chinese person and exchange a few jokes, and it becomes apparent that they know who benefits from these three ills: Communist Party cadres and their children. In the same way that the CCP continues to sing the praises of socialism while building one of the most aggressively capitalist societies on Earth, so to…

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by / on November 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm / in Domestic, Most Recent Column, Opinion

Red Sky at Morning

by Since the beginning of its economic reforms in 1978, the People’s Republic of China has become our lender and our factory, our second-largest trading partner and our number one economic competitor. And much has been written on China’s potential as a geopolitical challenger to the United States, but Beijing’s aspirations to global power are, for the moment, aspirations and nothing more. The more pressing problem (the Chinese economic…

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by / on March 4, 2014 at 1:24 am / in Kyle Dontoh, Web Columnists

In Ukraine, Two Disparate Futures of Geopolitics

by   By all accounts, the Ukrainian Crisis should not be happening. Whether it be through the assurances given by Russia in the Budapest Memorandum of 1994 to respect Ukraine’s “territorial integrity”, the clear and sharp detrimental economic effects that Russia would be (and is now) incurring, or the general idea of an age where interstate war has been consigned […]

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by / on March 26, 2014 at 10:38 pm / in Domestic, Environmental, Mounir Ennenbach, Web Columnists

From Sea to Shining…Puddle?

by   China, Indonesia, India—all developing countries. Like many industrial nations, they face numerous environmental challenges. Yet, while dangerous levels of smog in Beijing capture the headlines in the Western world, nine other Chinese cities experienced far more days of severe smog than the notoriously-polluted capital did. And the air quality isn’t the only problem: water contamination abounds in these […]

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