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March 15, 2018

Uighur men leave a mosque following the Eid prayers in Kashgar. Religion in China

As religious observance in China grows, the Chinese Communist Party continues to toughen oversight, increase religious persecution, and attempt to coopt state-sanctioned religious organizations.

March 9, 2018

Chinese Catholics attend an Ash Wednesday mass at a state-sanctioned church in Beijing. Christianity in China

Tens of millions of Chinese now identify as Christians and the number has grown rapidly, posing challenges for a government that is officially atheist and wary of threats to its power.

February 16, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Stepping Up to the China Challenge

On February 15, I testified before the House Armed Services Committee on the emerging strategic competition between the United States and China, arguing that it is vital for the United States to must…

February 9, 2018

An African student practices Shaolin martial arts in Henan Province. China’s Big Bet on Soft Power

China is believed to spend billions of dollars to boost its international image, but it has yet to see a marked return on its investment in soft power.

February 8, 2018

China-North-Korea-Cover.jpg The China–North Korea Relationship

China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner and has leverage over Kim Jong-un’s regime, yet its policies focus more on border stability than nuclear threat.

March 12, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
China-Africa-Museveni-Xi-Uganda Axing Term Limits in China Is a Boon to Africa's Would-Be Despots

The recent move to eliminate presidential term limits in China is music to the ears of many African leaders uninterested in transitioning out of power, and a blow to emerging African governance norms.

March 9, 2018

China’s Own Goal: An Unnecessary and Counterproductive (on-budget) Fiscal Consolidation China’s Own Goal: An Unnecessary and Counterproductive (on-budget) Fiscal Consolidation

China seems to be aiming to cut its (central government) fiscal deficit to around 2.6 percent of GDP. That’s the new target—down from a three percent target last year (UBS think the actual deficit in…

March 9, 2018

World Trade Organization (WTO)
WTO/Reuters Trump, China, and Steel Tariffs: The Day the WTO Died

President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum will destroy an already weakened World Trade Organization.

March 7, 2018

AU Headquarters African Union Bugged by China: Cyber Espionage as Evidence of Strategic Shifts

A number of African leaders have turned to Chinese investment as a viable alternative to Western development aid. The recent allegations of Chinese cyberespionage of the African Union's headquarters …

January 8, 2018

XJP1 China: Pretender to the Throne

The New Year has brought a rash of new articles and proclamations to the effect that the retreat of the United States has left the door open for China to walk through and assume the mantle of global …