The Chinese Labour Movement And Political Change in China
Dr. Gary K. Busch - 11/13/2013
Over the past decade, the industrial relations system in China has made the country an attractive destination for global corporations due to its low wage rates, restrictive labour laws and the non-recognition of independent trade unions and the right to strike.
Mounting Tension between Japan- South Korea over Pacific Rocks
Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi - 11/6/2013
Since South Korea and Japan have never been very good neighbours and ill-feelings resulting from Japan’s barbaric treatment of Korean’s during the Second World War still haunts many South Koreans; the recently re-emerged dispute, that dates back several centuries, between them over The Liancourt Rocks, may permanently damage relations between these two Asian powers. While South Korea refers to the islets as “Dokdo”, Japan addresses to them as “Takeshima”.
Cracking Chinese Codes and Jamming Jihadis
Sasha Uzunov - 7/14/2013
I have been critical in the past over the effectiveness of our nation's counter-intelligence service, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), in combating terrorism and foreign espionage.
The Japanese Health Care System
Susan Goya - 2/22/2013
Before I went to Japan, I had worked as a Medicare claims examiner, and as an insurance biller for both a large hospital and a private physician. For most of that time in Japan, my family was qualified to use the Japanese single-payer health care system that was similar, though somewhat different from the Korean fashion of medical service. To afford a doctor, one did not need to visit a licensed money-lender. I hav...
China’s bold assertions in Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean: India’s Concerns
Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi - 2/10/2013
For the past few years, China has particularly focussed its attention in Asia- Pacific region and almost all countries of South Asia, South East Asia with a specific objective to firmly establish itself as an undisputed regional Power in East Asia. This is so because global geo-politics is said to be moving towards East and the only challenge that may arise is from India in this region, it is nothing but imperative upon China to pursue this policy to prevail upon India in order to ensure its increasing sphere of influence in the East intact and also to maintain its continuing ascendance to the...
North Korea’s Rocket launch: Mounting regional tensions
Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi - 12/22/2012
After initial success of North Korea in putting a satellite into orbit by launching a long-range rocket on the previous Wednesday, the Pyongyang’s ambitious space exploration programme appears to be going awry because the satellite is now reported to be hurtling uncontrolled and is apparently tumbling from the scheduled path amidst all the other satellites that the world uses for different purposes.
Simmering discontent between Japan and South Korea over Pacific Island
Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi - 9/18/2012
The just erupted face-off between South Korea and Japan over islands in Pacific may put in jeopardy the peace and security of entire Asia in, unfortunately, today’s world when geo-politics is moving towards East.
Japan’s Defense White Paper evokes strong reactions from China and South Korea
Pranamita Baruah - 8/30/2012
On July 31, the Japanese government released this year’s edition of the Defense White Paper titled ‘The Defense of Japan 2012’.
China: On the Way to a Deflationary Crisis
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 12/12/2011
Consumer price inflation in China is down to 4.2%. The growth rates of industrial production (output), exports, and imports are all down. China is on the path to deflation.
Family Size in China Today—One Child, Two Children, or None?
Professor Nanxi Cao - 12/2/2011
A young nursing in China today face a true dilemma. The size of the future generation in a family causes great distress for many. Many couples want two children-for financial reasons that are a future matter for the child or children, for the better socialization and responsibility factor in learning to live with others, and perhaps a personal reason.
Cancer: China’s soaring curse
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 11/21/2011
For most Chinese, economic strength has been their greatest source of national pride. Frenzied building in the Chinese cities has long been one of the most visible symbols of the region’s spectacular economic boom. But the expansion of cancer and cancer related other fatal diseases across China have put their economic growth in dilemma.
A Chinese Saga
Professor Nanxi Cao - 11/14/2011
In China today, the most important thing for a family to gain in life is a home, actually a flat in a tall, common-looking residential tower. These towers are found in residential complexes, too numerous to count, often impersonal, where people bury themselves and rarely speak to their neighbors for at least one or two years before acknowledging them, unfortunately.
Liberation of Tibet's Five Fingers
Ajoy Chatterjee - 9/28/2011
“An army without culture is a dull-witted army, and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy” --- Mao Zedong
Cyber attack on South Korea
Iqbal Ahmed - 9/13/2011
What should South Korea do to prevent future cyber attacks?
Kan Naoto Battles Reconstruction Efforts
Pranamita Baruah - 8/12/2011
Since March 11 when the triple disaster struck Japan, Japan has been struggling to cope with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis. Reconstruction efforts in the disaster-stricken areas also have remained inadequate. The current domestic political turmoil stems from Kan Naoto administration’s failure in achieving these two goals.
Two Down (Europe, USA), One to Go (China): The Chinese Ponzi Scheme and the Oncoming Global Depression
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 8/10/2011
Mounting sovereign debts crises in Europe and an anaemic rebound in America's economy were more than offset by the emergence of Asia – and, in particular China and India - as a global powerhouse. Yet, the warning signs are there: China's economic "miracle" has long been based on an artificial rate of exchange for its currency, the yuan (RMB); on unsustainable dollops of government largesse and monetary quantitative easing which led to the emergence of asset bubbles (mainly in real-estate) and to pernicious inflation; and, frankly, on heavily-redacted statistics.
The Boom And Bust Of China's Rise
Dee Woo - 6/28/2011
In 1994, Management guru Peter Drucker told Japanese retail tycoon Isao Nakauchi that even though Chinese market is very attractive, it still has more system risks than others and China will eventually face very serious inflation. And “the bubble is both much bigger and more extended than the bubble that burst in Japan a few years ago.”
China-US collision course and the crowning of oil and gold
Dee Woo - 6/7/2011
The Normalization of the Sino-American relationship 40 years ago did not only help contain the aggression of USSR's communist imperialism in Asia-pacific and fragment the foundation of global socialist ideology, but help bring the reclusive middle kingdom into the fold of integration and globalization of markets and trade.
May Day brings worries to the Chinese government
Rama Rao - 5/4/2011
For the first time in long years, the May Day was a subdued affair in China, which swears by the rights of the workers and toiling masses. In the run up to the day, the authorities in Guangzhou, Shanghai and even Beijing caved in faced with public anger and workers’ protests, which all had their genesis in the runaway inflation. More than anything else, the strike by truck drivers in Shanghai has had an unnerving effect since it exposed the vulnerability of the country's export driven economy. Summing up the situation, a headline in the New York Times says ‘China’s Exports Perch on Uncertain Truck System’.
North Korea Political Prisoner Camps – An Interview with Tae Jin Kim
Javier Delgado Rivera - 4/29/2011
The unrelenting paranoid that nourishes a regime
Earlier this month, the US State Department released its 2010 Human Rights Report. It portrays the “systematic and severe human rights abuses occurred throughout the [North Korean] prison and detention system" as some of the grimmest violations against humanity anywhere in the world.
Coinciding with the launch of the report, Javier Delgado Rivera interviewed Mr Tae Jin Kim, president of Free the NK Gulag, a Seoul-based organisation raising awareness on the North Korean political prisoner camps (Kwan-Li-So in Korean). Mr Kim, a for...
Message from the Tsunami
Tanveer Jafri - 3/23/2011
Nature’s fury was at work once again on 11th March when a powerful earthquake of 9 magnitude hit the North-eastern Japan, triggering gigantic Tsunami waves which shook this mighty nation. This earthquake is said to be one of the five most powerful earthquakes the world has ever witnessed. This earthquake was so powerful it moved the Japanese coast by 8 meters and shifted the Earth’s axis. It is well known that Japan is situated on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ (margin of the Pacific tectonic plate are called) which is prone to large scale volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Due to these geologic...
Japan: The Economic Consequences of Disaster
Prof. Peter Morici - 3/14/2011
The toll in human misery wrought by the tsunami and earthquakes in Japan test the imagination of economists but the effects on Japan’s GDP and wealth are a different matter.
Dragon and Elephant: A Complicated Neighborhood
Sameer Jafri - 12/21/2010
Year 2010 marks sixty years of diplomatic relationship between India and China. Though the relations between the two go back to ancient times, the period since 1950 till present is mainly fraught with boundary dispute, which also led to a short-lived war in 1962. But in recent times, both sides have successfully attempted to normalize the bilateral relationship, mainly driven by the mounting bilateral trade. Although strengthening economic relationship has overshadowed other areas of conflict, that doesn’t provide any space for complacency, particularly on Indian side of the fence.
Facing up to China
Prof. Peter Morici - 11/30/2010
In 1876, Europeans visiting the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition were astonished by American industrial prowess. In two generations, the United States had progressed from a simple agrarian society to challenge the most advanced European economies. Now, China confronts America in an historic test transcending commerce.
Korea: Imminent Unification
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 11/23/2010
By late 2010, a succession war was simmering in North Korea. His panoply of suddenly-bestowed senior political and military posts notwithstanding, the generals and military establishment were less than happy and impressed with Kim Jong-un, the younger son of the Dear Leader, Kim Jong-il. Each side flexed muscles in an attempt to burnish their nationalist and martial credentials. The outcomes of this internecine conflict were ominous: a series of ever-escalating military skirmishes with South Korea and the ramping up of North Korea’s already burgeoning nuclear weapons program.
North Korean infamy of being a Rogue
Preeti Nalwa, Ph.D. - 11/16/2010
The 75-page report by the seven-member Panel of Experts on Pyongyang’s compliance with UN sanctions has been released by the Security Council on November 10, 2010. The U.N. report says that North Korea “has continued to provide missiles, components and technology to certain countries, including the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Syrian Arab Republic,” and that North Korea “has provided assistance for a nuclear program in the Syrian Arab Republic.” This report was delivered to the Security Council’s North Korea sanctions committee in May 2010 but it was blocked by China for six months. The pr...
Attempt to avert the descent of Northeast Asia into war
Preeti Nalwa - 7/25/2010
The much awaited release of the UNSC presidential statement on July 9, 2010 condemning the Cheonan sinking was expected to finally put to rest the tensions which had arisen in the wake of the corvette’s sinking. But it seems that this incident has taken a life form of its own which refuses to abate the growing apprehensions in Northeast Asia. The relatively moderate statement had temporarily dispelled the fear about any North Korean retaliation as it had emphatically announced that it would strike if a penalizing and vindictive posture was adopted by the council. Abstaining from declaring No...
Tough Challenges of Naoto Kan
Pranamita Baruah - 7/18/2010
On June 2, Yukio Hatoyama, the ninety third Prime Minister of Japan, decided to step down while taking full responsibility for his failure in relocating the Futenma base outside Okinawa and the continued political fund scandals that dogged the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) administration for months. DPJ General Secretary and party kingpin Ichiro Ozawa also opted to resign from his post due to his recent embroilment in political fund scandal. Of late, Hatoyama had come to be seen as a liability by most of his party colleagues. Those up for re-election to the Upper House in July this year were...
What Chinese model, President Zardari?
Ibrahim Sajid Malick - 7/17/2010
Speaking at the China Pavilion of the Shanghai Expo President Zardari said what has pretty much become a cliché: “Pakistan can learn a lot from the Chinese model of economic development.” I assume President Zardari is aware of an ideologically circumscribed, intellectually coherent set of policies or strategic decisions which together make up a ‘China model.’ The Chinese think tanks, scholars, diplomats, entrepreneurs, and journalists that I frequently meet seem to have divergent and pragmatic view of what constitutes this Chinese model, and how it differs from the previously worshiped ‘Asian ...
Shangri-La Dialogue and the Sino-U.S. divide on North Korea
Preeti Nalwa - 6/28/2010
The South Korean President Myung-bak Lee delivered the keynote address at the recently concluded 9th Shangri-La Dialogue held at Singapore from 4-6 June, 2010. The keynote address marked the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the 1950-53 Korean War. Since its inception in 2002, the Shangrila Dialogue has emerged as an important platform of communication for the major powers with significant stakes in Asia-Pacific security where chiefs of defense staff and permanent heads of defense ministries as well as legislators with strong defense credentials, annually meet to address...
Tensions in the Korean Peninsula
Preeti Nalwa, Ph.D. - 6/8/2010
Trepidation of a skirmish which could escalate has been ignited on the divided Korean Peninsula and the inter-Korean relations have sunk to the lowest level of distrust since the sinking of the South Korean naval ship “Cheonan”. The 1,200 ton Patrol Combat Corvette (PCC-772) sank on March 26, 2010 in the Yellow Sea, south of the disputed Northern Limit Line near Baengnyeong Island. An international investigation has concluded that a strike by a North Korean CHT-02D torpedo from a ‘midget’ submarine was the cause of an external underwater explosion which broke the ship into two. North Korea has...
Behind the Axis: The North Korean Connection
Jonathan Spyer, Ph.D. - 6/1/2010
North Korean spokesmen reacted furiously last week to claims by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman that Pyongyang is supplying weapons technology to Iran and Syria. Representatives of the regime of Kim Jong-Il described Lieberman as an "imbecile." The official Korean Central News Agency in a memorable phrase accused the foreign minister in an official statement of "faking up sheer lies."
Democratic Party of Japan: Birthpang blues continues
Pranamita Baruah - 5/9/2010
Barely six months after Yukio Hatoyama’s Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) swept into power though a historic win in the House of Representatives general election in August 2009, trouncing the then dominant Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which had ruled the nation almost continuously for more than half a century, the new government already finds itself in a very sticky position on a number of issues.
China’s Offer on Yuan Peg Wholly Inadequate
Prof. Peter Morici - 4/11/2010
The Washington Post reported on Friday morning that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan were close to a deal that would permit the Chinese yuan to appreciate by 3 percent this year.
Google and the China Challenge
Prof. Peter Morici - 4/2/2010
Google’s censorship struggle with Beijing crystallizes the challenge China poses to American global leadership. Until the Google imbroglio, we heard much about China’s undervalued currency and subsidized exports, rough treatment of foreign investors and purchases of U.S. debt, but not enough about Beijing’s restrictions on unfretted access to information, expression and self determination.
Changing Contours of the Japan-India Defense Relations
Pranmita Baruah - 3/4/2010
The history of India-Japan cooperation is relatively short. The defence cooperation between the two states was basically initiated by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori. During his August 2000 visit to India, Mori and counterpart Atal Bihari Vajpayee signed a bilateral agreement entitled ‘Global partnership between Japan and India in the 21st Century’. Japan hoped to build a multifaceted cooperative relationship with India in a wide range of fields. At that time, both sides talked about institutionalizing a dialogue between the ministries of defence and foreign affairs for coordinated action...
The Rising Sun
Trevor Albertson, Ph.D. - 12/16/2009
The seemingly parental relationship the American government and the Government of Japan (GOJ) have developed and maintained in the years since the end of World War II is undergoing dramatic alteration. The GOJ believes its place and role in the 21st century international community is drastically different from that which it has occupied since September 1945. Under the new leadership of Prime Minister Hatoyama, the Japanese are rebelling against American leadership and what many in the GOJ regard as American domination. The GOJ intends to set its own course in international affairs and these...
Hatoyama in Fund Donation Scandal
Rajaram Panda, Ph.D. - 12/7/2009
Japan’s Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama is entangled in a scandal involving shady donations from which it appears difficult for him to come clean. Though scandals involving politician in Japan has become common, either in connection with defence contract or with construction companies, this is the first time a sitting Prime Minister’s involvement in a scandal leads him to his mother.
Future of Japan-US Relations
Rajaram Panda, Ph.D. - 11/1/2009
The Japan-US security alliance that has remained as the lynchpin of the East Asian security architecture since the World War II is likely to undergo some change under the DPJ-led government of Yukio Hatoyama. Even before Hatoyama won the elections held on 30 August, his views expressed in an op-ed article published in the New York Times in which he spoke of reviewing Japan’s alliance relationships with the US with a more independent foreign policy created a sensation amongst policy analysts both in Japan and in the US as also in other Asian capitals. Hatoyama pledged to build “an alliance on a...
China wants a global currency, but it's to blame for dollar's decline
Prof. Peter Morici - 10/20/2009
As the dollar falls against the euro, yen and other major currencies, China and other emerging economic powers holding lots of dollars and U.S. securities are crying foul - and urging an end to the dollar's central status in global commerce.
China's Strategic Advantages
Monotapash Mukherjee - 10/20/2009
After Pakistan got entangled in its war against Taliban and US pressure increased, China has thrown its full weight against India. Besides it is fully advantageous on all fronts. It is harping on the Arunachal theme. It has unleashed a full scale psychological war against India.
Tibetan Issue threatens to derail Beijing’s relations with Taiwan
Rajaram Panda, Ph.D. - 9/16/2009
The Tibet issue in India-China relations is destined to remain a non-issue for determining the bilateral relations. As eminent Sinologist Professor V.P. Dutt mentioned in his lecture organized by the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi, on 4 September 2009 Tibet is China’s problem, not India’s, and China will have to talk with the Dalai Lama directly and there is no second option. China may not recognize Dalai Lama as the representative of Tibet but the whole world recognizes him as the spiritual head and his legitimacy in Tibet. In the present situation, it does not seem likely that th...
North Korea’s ‘Charm Offensive” a will-o-the-wisp?
Rajaram Panda, Ph.D. - 8/31/2009
After months of military provocations, North Korea has made some remarkable conciliatory moves to ease tensions in the Korean peninsula. It seems to be too early, however, to determine how sincere those moves are. Assuming that North Korea is indeed sincere in its efforts to resolve the nuclear issue, are the responses from the US and other countries involved in the Six-Party talks (SPT) going to be positive? As of now, there are conflicting opinions.
Political Transition seems imminent in Japan
Rajaram Panda, Ph.D. - 8/31/2009
Japan goes to the polls on 30 August 2009. The assessment of Japan’s current domestic politics leads one to believe that the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which has virtually uninterruptedly ruled Japan for more than half a century is going to be ousted from power, paving the way for the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). If the DPJ wins and assumes power, it will be a welcome change for Japanese politics and a move closer to a possible two-party system in the future. But given the nature of Japanese politics, it might be unrealistic to assume major policy change, though there will be s...
Is China behind Musen’s intrusion to Indian Waters?
Rajaram Panda, Ph.D. - 8/19/2009
The North Korean issue has finally haunted the Indian shores. As international noose begins to tighten on North Korea following its nuke tests and missile launches, its belligerent behaviour does not show any sign of waning. North Korea has remained under suspect for its nuclear links with Iran and Myanmar. Now the news that a North Korean merchant vessel MV Musen dropped anchor just five km off Hut Bay Island in Little Andamon without authorization has surprised the Indian authorities. The Indian Coast Guard detained the ‘suspicious’ North Korean ship on 6 August 2009 after more than six hours of high drama that ended with Indian sailors firing in the air.
Fresh spark of hope post-Clinton visit to North Korea
Rajaram Panda, Ph.D. - 8/7/2009
In an unexpected but pleasant twist of fortunes, hopes have again risen to draw North Korea to the negotiating table after the successful rescue mission of former US President Bill Clinton to Pyongyang to get the two journalists freed. Clinton’s dramatic 20-hour visit to North Korea during which he won freedom for the two journalists, opens up the diplomatic channel to the reclusive regime.
How Much Leverage Does China Have?
Prof. Peter Morici - 8/7/2009
U.S.-China talks won’t accomplish much on economic issues because the Obama Administration is reluctant to push China on its purposeful manipulation of currency markets and undervaluation of the yuan.
North Korean Conundrums Continues
Rajaram Panda, Ph.D. - 7/30/2009
The recent bellicosity unleashed by Kim Jong Il regime of North Korea by conducting underground nuclear test and the audacity of announcing the world that more such successive tests are in the pipeline sends shivers through the spine of neighbouring countries of Northeast Asia such as South Korea and Japan. China as the host of the Six-Party talks has not given up hope on the SPT, though at the moment Pyongyang has walked out of the forum.
Will North Korea propel Japan to revisit its Nuclear option?
Shamshad Ahmad Khan - 7/27/2009
Security analysts of Japan has often argued that commensurate with its economic superpower status Japan will try to become a military superpower, amend its Constitution and will ultimately become a nuclear weapon state. The statements by the political elites also suggests towards that ambition. The recent nuclear and missile tests by North Korea have also triggered the nuclear debate in Japan. But judging Japan’s future nuclear strategy mere on statements and the events would be deceptive and foolhardy. The issue should be judged whether Japan has the delivery capability, “Second Strike” capacity and most importantly whether nuclear weapon has strategic significance for the country.
Fixing China Trade Key to a Sustainable Recovery
Prof. Peter Morici - 7/27/2009
This week, the Obama Administration filed a WTO complaint against Chinese export practices that disadvantage U.S. manufacturers. This is welcome news, because more balanced trade with China is essential for achieving a sustainable economic recovery.
China and the Great Recession
Prof. Peter Morici - 6/15/2009
The United States now confronts its greatest economic challenges since the Great Depression. In addition to resolving crises in financial and housing markets, trade deficits with China and on oil must be addressed for the U.S. economy to achieve robust growth.
China is a threat to global good
Susenjit Guha - 5/13/2009
As the world watches without being able to bring about a ceasefire, a humanitarian crisis is underway in Sri Lanka with nearly 170,000 civilians displaced and 50,000 trapped in the war zone.
Beijing Olympics Showcases Chinese Supremacy
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 8/26/2008
It was Deng Xiaoping who opened the Chinese economy to the outside world. And now it is the Beijing Olympics that is showcasing to the whole world the supremacy of China, or in one way or the other, the rise of China.
Is pacifism limping back in East Asia?
Shamshad Ahmad Khan - 7/16/2008
The North Korean nuclear crisis, a Sino-Taiwanese standoff and resurgence of nationalism in Japan had led the security experts to speculate that the pacifism is passé in the region. But the developments in East Asia -such as destruction of cooling tower of North Korea’s Yongbyong nuclear plant, thaw in Cross straits relations with the opening of skies, resumption of high level talks between the Sino-Taiwan authorities, Sino-Japanese agreement on sharing of energy reserves of East China Sea and port calls of naval ships of both the countries- would indicate that the situation is taking a revers...
North Korea's Beloved Leader
Sunita Paul - 7/1/2008
In today's world, when we speak of great souls or great leaders, surely everyone will raise eye brow as real leaders are becoming gradually rare. But, one name shines like eternal glittering star in the sky of Korean peninsula, and that is late President Kim Il Sung, the founding father of today's mighty DPR of Korea.
Departure of a Great Soul
Sunita Paul - 6/27/2008
Kim Il-sung (15 April 1912 – 8 July 1994) was the leader of Democratic People's Republic of Korea from its founding in early 1948 until his death, when he was succeeded by his son Kim Jong-il.
An Uncertain Victory for China’s Workers
Lyle Morris - 6/27/2008
BEIJING: China’s passage of a law aimed at bringing more rights to its workers has been heralded as a breakthrough for improving labor rights in China. But businesses view the law as the twilight of the age of cheap labor in China, undermining one of the country’s prized economic advantages in globalized economy.
A Civil Society Emerges From the Earthquake Rubble
Prof. Guobin Yang - 6/8/2008
May’s massive earthquake that hit China shook more than buildings, loosening many of the restrictions that stood in the path of an emerging civil society. Disaster allowed citizens to join in a nationwide effort to comfort victims. Civil society, once confined to the virtual space of the internet, has hit the ground in an unprecedented way.
Now A Lesson From China
Ahmed Quraishi - 5/27/2008
WENZHOU, China—Two years ago to this month, I told President Musharraf on the plane returning from Shanghai to Islamabad that his ideas on strategic cooperation– during a summit meeting with Russia’s Putin and China’s Hu Jintao - were great, but that a Russian member of Putin’s delegation offered this retort, ‘In two years, Putin and Hu will be around. You can’t say the same about Musharraf. That’s the problem with Pakistan .’
For Talks to Succeed, China Must Admit to a Tibet Problem
Prof. Michael Davis - 5/20/2008
HONG KONG: Under the glare of the Beijing Olympics, China’s failed policies in Tibet have moved to the front pages of newspapers worldwide. Under international pressure Chinese officials resumed their dialogue with the representatives of the Dalai Lama on May 4. The parties agreed to continue the ongoing dialogue that began in 2002 and included six rounds of meetings. Chinese officials emphasized that they’ll approach these renewed meetings with “great patience and sincerity.” Chinese officials have long promised that anything can be discussed if the Dalai Lama stops seeking independence, whi...
Ellen L. Frost - 5/14/2008
Although the balance of power in Asia is stable, the balance of influence is shifting in favor of China. Will China’s rising influence translate into political domination, forcing Asians to choose between Beijing and Washington and undermining their national autonomy? Can the United States accommodate China’s legitimate interests and compete peacefully for influence? What can other Asians do to recapture lagging US attention and ensure a stable, peaceful and prosperous environment?
Ahmed Quraishi - 5/11/2008
They tried to take China down. So the Chinese citizens took China to the top of the world. Just when everyone thought they had pooped on China’s big summer Olympics party, ordinary Chinese citizens who love their country came up today with something to shock all critics: They took the Olympic torch to the highest mountain peak of the world, Everest. That’s a first in the two-thousand-year history of the Olympics.
Welcoming Chinese Step in Current Tibet Crisis
Dr. Ravindra Kumar - 5/11/2008
The decision of the Government of the People’s Republic of China to invite representatives of the Dalai Lama to start the process of dialogue with them in the course of current unrest in Tibet in which demands of protection of cultural heritage and identity of the region and restoration of political freedom of the Tibetans are nucleolus, and in which according to the Spokesman of the Tibetan Government-in-exile two hundred three sons of the soil have lost their lives is without a doubt a welcoming step.
China Ascendant – Part III
Wenran Jiang - 5/2/2008
China’s reemergence as a great power has come a long way since Mao Zedong proclaimed in 1949 that “the Chinese people have stood up.” Today’s China is standing tall, and taking off: ranking third in the world economy, commanding a foreign cash reserve that has no rivals, attracting the largest amount of foreign investment and sending astronauts to circle the earth. Chinese leaders have pledged to the world that its rapid rise will be peaceful in nature, harmonious in treating its own citizens, and multilateral in dealing with other states. “One World, One Dream!” as China’s 2008 Olympic mantra, they reasoned, would be inspiring.
China’s Troubled Olympics
Saberi Roy - 4/29/2008
China finds itself in a diplomatically and politically uncomfortable situation yet again with the Tibet unrest and needs to come out with a solution to its problems at least before the Beijing Olympics, but considering its political directions, that is most unlikely to happen. At the moment all solutions of the China-Tibet problem, can only be temporary.
China Ascendant – Part II
Prof. Pranab Bardhan - 4/29/2008
As the troubled Olympic torch relay winds its way to Beijing, the recent fury in China about the evil doings of the “Dalai clique” in Tibet and of the western media goes beyond the ever-active orchestration by the Chinese leadership. As nationalism has replaced socialism as the social glue in this vast country, old memories of humiliation at foreign hands and current pride in phenomenal economic success generate popular resentment at what looks like external attempts to rain on the parade of China’s glorious Olympic moment.
China Ascendant – Part I
Bertil Lintner - 4/29/2008
The Chinese are coming. If the plan holds, the small and sleepy capital of Laos, Vientiane, might look like Manhattan on the Mekong. More than architectural statement, the construction of the new Chinatown in Laos will mark the newest evidence of China’s rising influence in Indochina, once the playpen of Vietnam.
China’s Crackdown on Tibet Divides Europe
Shada Islam - 4/18/2008
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso's three-day visit to Beijing, starting April 24, was planned months ago to spotlight European Union hopes of upgrading political and business ties with China. However, the talks will now be dominated by EU concern over Beijing's crackdown in Tibet and Chinese anger at the bloc's plans to invite the Dalai Lama to a European Parliament session.
Taiwan’s Success Could Show the Way for Tibet
Humphrey Hawksley - 4/6/2008
Chinese-controlled Tibet and a presidential election in Chinese-claimed Taiwan may inadvertently have thrown a spotlight on a new era of international diplomacy – one tempered not by strategic balance or competing moral values, but by demands of the global supply chain.
American Support to Tibet Movement
Tanveer Jafri - 4/3/2008
Once again, the Tibet movement has become a public talk for the world. On the last March 10, the Tibet supporters demonstrated in the Tibet capital Lhasa and in many other countries whereas the natives of Tibet were celebrating the 49th anniversary of the revolt that took place against the Chinese control over Tibet. In it the demonstration in the capital Lhasa became violent. As a result of it, the Chinese soldiers, present there followed the offensive policy and fired at the unarmed demonstrators. It has not been verified by now that in this firing by the Chinese soldiers, on the Tibetan dem...
Revolution in a Box
Naseem Javed - 4/3/2008
Come August 24th, 2008, when the Olympics Games start with music and hymns and the torch lit the flame, the global spotlight will land on Beijing, and when the athletes march in unison to their beautifully-orchestrated national anthems, in the ultra modern stadium, the whole world will witness a sleeping giant, awaken to create a global shockwave. Like a nicely packaged, little gift box, a highly intense global consumer revolution will be let out to create ripples in global image shifts and perception consuming minds and like a tsunami will mostly wash over the busy production facilities of hundreds of nations parked far away.
Dalai Lama & Tibetans' Stake in China
Prakash Bom - 3/25/2008
Is Tibet geographically part of South Asia? If not then when socio-political and economic crises occur in Tibet troubles should not pour down on to the nations of the South Asia. Nevertheless, historically that is not true since 500 BCE after Siddhartha Gautama established his philosophy of Buddhism. In my view Buddhism is not the religion of faith or belief or superstition. On the contrary, it is a philosophy of religion, which can initiate a revolutionary process in an individual for his or her perceptional independence over the collective consciousness that he or she has been succumbed to as a member of certain tribe, race, group or nation.
US crisis leading to war with China?
John Mangun - 3/23/2008
The New York stock market rallied some 400 points Tuesday night, prompting an increase in prices across Asia. Even the Philippines participated a little. US stock prices reacted favorably to the news that the Federal Reserve lowered interest rates. Bloomberg: “The Fed has cut the benchmark lending rate by 2 percentage points this year, the most aggressive easing since the federal funds rate became an explicit target of policy in the late 1980s.”
Shameful Tibet Imbroglio
Dr. Ravindra Kumar - 3/19/2008
The current imbroglio of Tibet in which more than one hundred lives of sons of the soil have gone is a matter of serious concern for those all who are concerned of human rights, freedom and justice, doesn’t matter if they belong to any part or country of the world. Therefore, it is the time when all of them must come forward in support of peaceful and non-violent struggle of Tibetans to protect their thousands years old culture. Moreover, they for the sake of humanity and without any prejudices must condemn atrocities being committed on innocent Tibetans by the rulers of the People’s Republic of China.
China and Pakistan: New Friends Can’t Compare
Willem van Kemenade - 3/16/2008
The United States built a close relationship with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on the basis of his hard line against terrorism. Shared recognition of a security threat bound the two states together, much as it did during the early Cold War. But Pakistani voters questioned that priority, and the outcome of February parliamentary elections revealed the fragility of the current US-Pakistan alliance constructed on security interests. In contrast, China’s alliance with Pakistan is based on permanent strategic interests and immutable issues of geography, including China’s desire for access to...
"The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East" by Kishore Mahbubani
Susan Froetschel - 3/5/2008
The premise of Kishore Mahbubani's latest book is simple: If representative democracy is the best known form of governance for nations, then it's also the best form for the world.
How To Dismantle North Korea's Bomb
Lisa Schwer - 10/14/2007
North Korea has openly agreed to ‘abandon’ its nuclear program by the end of this year. This declaration was made less than a year after it had carried out the controversial nuclear tests that shook the world. Is it a sincere effort toward peace or just empty words of desperate diplomacy?
Dialogue and Process in China - Taiwan Tensions
Dr. Ravindra Kumar - 9/3/2007
The law passed by China's National People's Congress in March, 2005, under which its army has been legally empowered to attack Taiwan if it declares independence, has created a very complicated, serious and bewildering situation. On the one hand this law has highly intensified the tension between China and Taiwan; on the other hand it has filled the regional and international atmosphere with anxiety.
Korean Martyrs and Hostages
Ron Coody - 8/29/2007
What is going on in Afghanistan with the Koreans? A group of young medical personnel travel into a desperately difficult situation to address the needs of hurting people and they become prisoners in a nightmarish drama of international proportions. They didn’t go to fight, they didn’t go to threaten, they didn’t go to trouble anyone. They went to serve the physical needs of other human beings.
Taiwan In The Asia Pacific
Dr. Ravindra Kumar - 8/21/2007
With a population of 22,901,897 and an area of 36,000 square kilometres, Taiwan is the model territory of people belonging to various religious communities, including Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Yi Guan Dao, Christianity and Islam. This is the territory, which for the last ninety-three years has maintained its unique identity in the Asia-Pacific Region, on the basis of equality and harmony
Cultural and Economics Relations Between India and China
Dr. Ravindra Kumar - 8/19/2007
India and China are two big countries not only of Asia but also of the world. They are two neighbouring counties and both have also preserved their five thousand years old cultures. They are agricultural countries and a great majority of population is rural. The lacks of villages spread all over the country and the rural population have been the main resources of the cultural expansion as well as of the economic growth of their respective countries.
China's Hollow Threat to Dump U.S. Bonds
Prof. Peter Morici - 8/13/2007
The Congress is growing impatient with China's currency manipulation and export subsidies, and is near passing legislation that would require the Bush Administration to strike back. Faced with the prospect of trade competition on a level playing field--something the Chinese Communist Party fears more than free elections--the U.K. Daily Telegraph reported on August 8 Beijing threatened to dump its hoard of U.S. dollars to panic financial markets and sink the U.S. economy.
China’s Pursuit of Happiness
Dharak V. Bhavsar - 8/1/2007
The phenomenon of globalization has substantially changed the dealings of the nations with each other and created a complex system of interdependence among the nations. The emergence of economic globalization has greatly diminished the prospects of regional or world wars, hence creating more opportunities for development and growth. Economic globalization lies at the core of China’s rise to a superpower in a peaceful manner. An open door policy has been Deng Xiaoping's most dramatic contribution to China's economic reform movement. Since starting to open up and reform its economy in 1978, Chin...
Half A Cheer... If North Korea Doesn’t Cheat
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 7/23/2007
The ruling leaders in North Korea certainly know how to stir up a crisis and fool the world. It has been fooling the world and it has had plenty of practice. But out of the blue, North Korea on 14th July said that they had shut down their main plutonium producing pant, at Yongbyon. Is it a sham? Only time will reveal. Given the complexity of the North Korea , nobody now dares predict the eventual result with any confidence.
Prof. Peter Morici - 7/20/2007
The rash of dangerous Chinese imports, ranging from defective tires to tainted toothpaste, makes apparent the perils in U.S. and EU policies toward China. Since President Nixon, the United States has sought constructive engagement to encourage economic and political reform. By opening commerce, the United States seeks to expose Chinese citizens to democratic values, instigate systemic change, and eventually add another responsible, prosperous state to the community of western nations.
Why China Should Revalue the Yuan
Prof. Peter Morici - 6/25/2007
Not since the United States floated the dollar in the 1970s and threw the Bretton Woods system on the scrap heap of history has the management of exchange rates so captured the attention of economists and national politicians as China's undervalued yuan does now. Then, as now, all manner of polemics and the weight of established authority argued that governments should manage currency-exchange rates, much like they attempt to fix prices, for example sugar or petroleum, to supposedly serve the greater good.
How The US Should Deal With China
Prof. Peter Morici - 6/4/2007
U.S. efforts to persuade China to be a responsible player in the international community have failed. The May installment of bilateral talks, which under various names have spanned the Clinton and Bush Presidencies, failed to persuade China to alter its mercantilist economic policies and act responsibly on environmental problems.
China's Growth & Its Citizens' Liberty
Amit Pyakurel - 4/16/2007
Does economic prosperity decreases the importance of democracy? China is leaving the world behind while heading rapidly towards a marvelous economic progress. This is undoubtedly a very good note of the well-being of the world's largest population, and the sparkles of this progress may also do significantly good for its economic allies and neighbors and along with other underdeveloped and developing nations.
North Korea: Axis of Evil No More?
Prof. Gavan McCormack - 3/14/2007
Crisis can and seems to have opened new opportunity in the Korean peninsula. Having gone to the precipice of a nuclear confrontation, the parties in Northeast Asia have woken up to the need for a realistic approach. China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, the US and North Korea reached an agreement to dismantle the latter's nuclear-weapon program in exchange for fuel aid, opening the door to normal relations. Gavan McCormack, professor emeritus and Asian analyst at the Australian National University, reviews the implications of the agreement for North Korea's neighbors. For the agreement to proceed...
North Korean Nuclear Agreement: Back to the Future?
Shim Jae Hoon - 2/22/2007
Members of the Six-Party talks have finally reached an agreement aimed at halting North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program. If the agreement holds, the accord has a good deal to offer both sides: In return for energy aid, security guarantees and steps toward normalizing relations, Pyongyang will dismantle its nuclear infrastructure in a way that outside powers can verify. Plenty of pitfalls remain, however. Already, North Korea has announced that the deal amounts to a temporary freeze rather than a permanent settlement – and even if the country does permanently dismantle its nuclear infrastructur...
Why North Korea’s Nukes?
Bryan Hill - 2/7/2007
The ongoing nuclear goings-on in North Korea have been greeted with a mixture of incredulity, outrage, and even downright panic. However, despite such widely varying reactions, it is a commonplace that Pyongyang’s nuclear program is aimed squarely at the United States and its allies. This is true – Pyongyang certainly seeks by its threats to engender a fresh-round of concessions, such as occurred in 1998, when the Clinton Administration capitulated to North Korea’s bluster. However, this is not the full story – there is a rather more unusual answer to be had if one commits oneself to fully answering the question: Why?
Give North Korea one final chance
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 2/5/2007
To many people in the West, North Korea is all one phenomenon: illiberal, alien, dangerous and baffling. Some of this week’s headlines – North Korea eyes 2nd nuclear test, Starvation on the roll in North Korea, What North Korea really wants? – will confirm such people in their views. Yet a wider reading of the news bear what should be a commonplace: North Korea has many faces.
Asian Games: New Gold Standard in Measuring National Will
Sadanand Dhume - 1/31/2007
Sport is an age-old metaphor for politics – and Asian affairs analyst Sadanand Dhume looks at the Asian Games in the light of the region's traditional rivalries. China captured more medals than any other nation, almost three times as many gold medals as runner-up South Korea. China’s geopolitical rival India was ranked eighth, with most of its medals won in more intricate, intellectual games. As emerging powers, China is huge, yet efficient and government-centered, while democratic India is lacking in structured effort. After dominating the games for decades, mature Japan now trails China and ...
China and America: The New Space Order
Imran Khan - 1/24/2007
In recent years, China tried to setup an international conference in United Nations to stop space arms race. The United States rejected the plan that there is no such arms race in space. A common faith in United States is that after the collapse of Soviet Union, there is no other power in the world which could match their capabilities in space. So why to listen others if someone could not pose any threats and apparently that was the basic reason behind United States refusal to accept any ban of space arms race. Instead in October 2006, United States administration issued a new national space p...
Have Sino-Pak relations reached the end of the road?
Abid Mustafa - 12/4/2006
On his visit to Pakistan, the Chinese President Hu Jintao emphasised the importance of Sino-Pak relations and expressed his desire to expand bilateral ties between the two countries. "Let us build on past achievement and strengthen traditional friendship, advanced with the time, expand and enrich China-Pakistan strategic partnership so that our friendship will pass on from generation to generation," he said. The Pakistani government reciprocated by praising China's relationship with Pakistan.
North Korea's Nuclear Propaganda Conceals the Citizens' Grief
Amit Pyakurel - 11/26/2006
While the world media appears busy on covering outcry associated with the North Korea’s recent nuclear practice, it seems we are painfully subsiding our alertness towards the very suffering of the North Korean citizens, who on the one hand suffers beneath the oppressiveness of their own regime, and on the other are apparently being pushed back towards a sway of famine, an upshot of the recent UN sanction and other international aid barrier to this isolated communist state, as the result of its nuclear test last month. The probable famine could be similar to that of the 1990s, when about 3.5 mi...
For China, North Korea Is A Curiosity, Not A Threat
Lauren Keane - 11/17/2006
Beijing has declared its official opposition to the nuclear tests conducted by North Korea and even responded to international calls to impose partial economic sanctions on its historic ally. Despite their government’s seemingly forceful reaction, however, the Chinese people seem largely unconcerned about a nuclear North Korea. Many cite the historically friendly relationship between the two countries, likening the position of North Korea to that of the young and developing Chinese nation that conducted its first nuclear test in 1964. A greater threat to China, many agree, is conflict with Jap...
Pyongyang: Let’s Talk, But Change the Subject
Nayan Chanda - 11/7/2006
With its two-steps-forward one-step-back approach, North Korea has fulfilled its long-held nuclear ambition and for now holds back on further tests in return for an easing of UN sanctions. Diplomats suspect that in the long months of negotiations ahead North Korea will try to change the subject while carrying on production of fissile material. North Korea agreed to return to the Six-Party Talks on the condition that the US would negotiate about Macau bank accounts blocked by the US Treasury on charges of money-laundering. Even when the bank account issue is resolved, tortuous negotiations lie ahead while Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal is likely to grow.
Revising Doctrine on the Korean Peninsula
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 11/7/2006
For far too long policymakers in Washington have referred to a possible conflict on the Korean peninsula as “unthinkable” and “inconceivable.” Their characterization of a war with North Korea as not preferable and promisingly catastrophic is not off the mark, but their write-off of such an event as undoable, unlikely, or both, does not help the current crisis one iota. It is their job to think the unthinkable, conceive the inconceivable, and, perhaps in this case, do the seemingly undoable.
China and the Crisis of Overproduction
Prof. Walden Bello - 10/31/2006
“The world is investing too little,” according to one prominent economist. “The current situation has its roots in a series of crises over the last decade that were caused by excessive investment, such as the Japanese asset bubble, the crises in Emerging Asia and Latin America, and most recently, the IT bubble. Investment has fallen off sharply since, with only very cautious recovery.”
China Gets Tough With North Korea
Susan Shirk - 10/30/2006
In mid October the US secretary of state visited China and South Korea, two states that hold the key to an international solution to the North Korea nuclear crisis. Economic lifelines from China and South Korea can keep the repressive regime afloat even if every other country cuts North Korea off.
North Korea’s Nuclear Gamble
Shim Jae Hoon - 10/12/2006
The North Korean underground nuclear test on 9 October has sent shockwaves - weak on the Richter scale but shaking the core of the East Asian security and the existing geopolitical balance in Asia underpinned by the US nuclear umbrella. North Korea has taken a giant step backward by choosing the nuclear option in its desperate attempt to avoid regime collapse and thwart the reunification of the peninsula under South Korean control. Instead of reinforcing the shaky Kim Jong Il regime weakened by decades of economic mismanagement and Stalinist dictatorship, the nuclear gambit is likely to put th...
Can a White House Visit Shore Up a Sagging US-South Korea Alliance?
Morton Abramowitz - 9/15/2006
As President Roh of South Korea calls on President Bush, he’ll get lunch, but certainly no tour of Graceland à la the prime minister of Japan. Indeed, both governments have anxieties about the visit. The US-South Korean relationship has not been as troubled, since Jimmy Carter announced 30 years ago that he was unilaterally taking American ground forces out of the Korean peninsula.
North Korea’s Missiles Backfire
Shim Jae Hoon - 7/24/2006
North Korea’s missile launches in early July, despite repeated pleas by all, enraged an international community worried about a growing threat to global security. The launches even provoked North Korea’s longtime allies, China and Russia, prompting both parties to sign on to the UN resolution calling for sanctions. South Korea, which favored negotiations and reconciliation with the North, now stands at a policy crossroads. The sanctions include the ban on “transfer of any financial resources” to North Korea, which could significantly reduce South Korean aid to the North and affect trade with R...
Time to Lift North Korea's Quarantine
John Feffer - 6/11/2006
The US has put North Korea under quarantine. Pyongyang stands accused of a multitude of crimes, from missile exports and drug smuggling to counterfeiting and money laundering. North Korea has long relied on illicit activities to acquire what it has had difficulty obtaining through legitimate means. Yet isolating Pyongyang from the global economy could prove counterproductive.
North Korea at Dire Food Impasse
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 5/26/2006
North Korea has the world worried about its nuclear weapons potential. But that's not what most worries South Koreans, who are concerned about its menacing food crisis and its possible economic collapse. After decades of a command economy, North Korea is almost stripped bare and has become one of the poorest nations as well as the largest food aid recipient in the world, while South Korea, by contrast, under capitalism, has gained economic momentum and has developed as a model for emerging nations.
2008 Olympics: Boycott Beijing
Frederick Stakelbeck, Jr. - 5/20/2006
The euphoria surrounding Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit in April to the U.S has faded into memory, replaced by the cold reality that significant ideological differences still remain between the two countries. The failure of President Hu and U.S. President George W. Bush to make progress on important economic, human rights and national security issues is not only an abrupt setback to bilateral relations, but it also creates the possibility for future disagreements and even open conflict.
China: A Troubled Dragon
Conn Hallinan - 5/19/2006
The image of China in the Western press is less the dragon of the Celestial Kingdom than J.R.R Tolkien's Smaug, a beast of enormous strength and cunning, ravaging oil markets in Africa, copper ore in South America, and uranium deposits in Australia. “The world begins to feel the dragon's breath on its back,” intones the Financial Times.
Beijing’s Global Strategy
Frederick Stakelbeck, Jr. - 4/24/2006
Chinese President Hu Jintao’s first visit to the U.S. this week to meet with President George Bush and corporate executives from Boeing Co. and Microsoft Corp. comes at a difficult time for the Chinese leader, as concerns regarding his country’s meteoric global rise continue to grow. Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick warned China recently that it must begin to take definitive steps to address what he called a “cauldron of anxiety” in the U.S. and abroad over Chinese global intentions. “Many countries hope China will pursue a peaceful rise, but none will bet its future on it,” he said.
North Korea against Whom?
Erik Mobrand - 3/8/2006
Gordon G. Chang, Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World. New York: Random House, Jan. 2006. 327 pp. $25.95 hardcover.
Tim Beal, North Korea: The Struggle against American Power. London and Ann Arbor, MI: Pluto Press, Sept. 2005. 342 pp. $80.00 hardcover, $29.95 paperback.
Korean Monument's Long Journey Home
Hyejin Kim - 2/23/2006
A historical stone monument is finally returning to its home in North Korea after more than 100 years in Japan, the Korea Times reported on Feb. 13. The six-foot stone structure, called Pukkwan Taechop-bi or Monument to the Great Victory of Pukkwan, was erected in 1707 to pay reverence to Jung Moon-bu, a general who defeated a sixteenth-century Japanese invasion in Hamkyung province in present-day North Korea.
European Arms Embargo Against China
Angelique van Engelen - 12/18/2005
Efforts to propel growth of the lagging European defense industry are hardly paying off and now another obstacle been added. Lifting an EU arms embargo against China, planned for June 30, has been called into serious question since China indicated last week it is quite enamored with the idea of annexing Taiwan. In a real in-your-face move, China ratified a law condoning military intervention in Taiwan. Pressures from within the EU and the US are rising for Europe to abandon its plans.
China: What Is Going On in Dongzhou?
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 12/16/2005
China's remarkable economic achievements have instilled a pride the Chinese haven't felt in more than a century. But it is too early to say if the economic efforts will succeed in making the country more united, as exemplified by the latest use of force by the Chinese government since the Tiananmen Square killings in 1989 against its own citizens.
Asia's Spying Eyes
Frederick Stakelbeck, Jr. - 12/3/2005
As President Bush returned to Washington from his trip to Beijing -- where he pressed for greater political and religious freedoms -- reports were surfacing that China was considering the introduction of a new weapon to curtail dissent: Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags.
China’s Hypocritical Energy Stance
Frederick Stakelbeck, Jr. - 11/26/2005
An undeniable international energy race is now underway involving many of the world’s most powerful countries such as China, Germany, India, Japan and the United States. In particular, China’s need for oil has become extremely acute; forcing Beijing to act more deliberately by adopting a dual energy strategy.
China and E-Banking
Frederick Stakelbeck, Jr. - 11/4/2005
China is in the midst of a sustained banking revolution. Driving this revolution are changes in customer expectations, rapid technological advances and intense industry competition that have placed extraordinary pressure on China’s nascent banking sector to modernize and reform. Indeed, the time has arrived for China’s much maligned brick and mortar banking system to adopt a new “Business of Banking” strategy. An integral part of any new banking strategy should include electronic or e-banking.
China and Mexico: Improved Relations Raise Questions
Frederick Stakelbeck, Jr. - 10/19/2005
Chinese President Hu Jintao’s recent visit to Mexico City to meet with Mexican President Vicente Fox marked a new beginning in Sino-Mexican relations with both leaders signing agreements in the areas of bilateral trade, mining and energy. “The motive of my visit is to deepen the strategic association between Mexico and China,” president Hu Jintao told journalists gathered at the Presidential Palace.
Is the Shanghai Cooperation Organization a Military Confederacy?
Frederick Stakelbeck, Jr. - 9/26/2005
The members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will recognize the organization’s fifth anniversary in June 2006 with a much anticipated celebration, “Everyone agrees this first jubilee date must be celebrated accordingly,” said Vitally Vorobyev, Russia’s coordinator in the SCO. Washington, however, will not be joining in the festivities.
U.S. Banks Investing in China
Frederick Stakelbeck, Jr. - 9/19/2005
Recognizing China’s enormous importance to the global financial marketplace and its future impact on the world economy in general, U.S. financial institutions such as Bank of America, Citigroup, J.P. MorganChase, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and others have recently invested billions of dollars in the Chinese banking sector.
What To Make Of Chinese Claim Never To Attack Taiwan?
Angelique van Engelen - 9/9/2005
The US reaction to any force rivalling its global position militarily or economically is to monitor it with watchful eyes and prepare for action rather matter of factly. China appears to be rather aware of this and has issued a report into its foreign policy ahead of the upcoming summit of the US and Chinese presidents George W. Bush and Hu Jintao in Washington. The summit was cancelled due to hurricane Katrina, but the Chinese rumblings are no less valid.
China and Global Strategic Positioning (GSP)
Frederick Stakelbeck, Jr. - 8/23/2005
China is taking careful, deliberate and well-coordinated action on a global scale to advance relations with strategically positioned countries possessing both the natural resources and influence to support its ascension in the international community. To accelerate the growth of its power and influence on the world stage, China has eagerly embraced the concept of Global Strategic Positioning or GSP, as the “gold standard” of its foreign policy for the 21st century.
The Kings of Asia are Gathering: But Why?
Frederick Stakelbeck, Jr. - 8/8/2005
In July, permanent members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/topics/sco/t57970.htm, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, met in the Kazakh capital of Astana to discuss matters of mutual importance which included trade, energy, security and technology cooperation.
The Asian Threat: Interview with Colonel Gordon Cucullu
Ryan Mauro - 7/30/2005
Colonel Gordon Cucullu is the author of "Seperated at Birth: How North Korea Became the Evil Twin" and has a weekly column entitled "The Right Approach". He served as a political-military advisor to Paul Wolfowitz, then the assistant secretary of state for East Asia Pacific Affairs. Col. Cucullu had also been assigned to the Pentagon where he was managed military assistance to Central American countries. Earlier in his career, Col. Cucullu was a member of the highly classified Studies and Observation Group that conducted top secret reconnaissance missions into Laos, Cambodia and denied areas ...
The Approaching Chinese Cyber Storm
Frederick Stakelbeck, Jr. - 7/22/2005
On numerous occasions in the past, China’s authoritarian regime has publicly stated that the U.S. is its ideological enemy. Comments made by Chinese defector Chen Yonglin to Australian authorities in June support the theory that China’s leaders view the U.S. as their main adversary. “The U.S. is considered by the Chinese Communist Party as the largest enemy, the major strategic rival. The U.S. occupies a unique place in China’s diplomacy,” noted Yonglin.
Huge Cyber-Tsunami Developing in Asia
Naseem Javed - 7/11/2005
Today, for the first time, China has 100 million people on the Internet, 30 percent of whom are on broadband. Within a few years, a billion people in Asia will be playing with e-commerce. All that power and all that technology replicating at a phenomenal rate will create global shockwaves both in trade and communications.
Chinese Influence on the Rise in Latin America
Saul Landau - 6/30/2005
A century ago, U.S. policy planners looked to a then weak and divided China as the answer to the country’s future trade and economic problems. Anxious exporters implored President William McKinley to act because “the Chinese market rightfully belongs to us,” a member of the Riverside ( New York) Republican Club told Secretary of State William Hay.
The North Korean Nuclear Crisis
Frederick Stakelbeck, Jr. - 5/11/2005
Frustrated by the collapse of six-party talks designed to end the North Korean nuclear program, President Bush last week said of North Korean despot Kim Jong-Il: "There is concern about his capacity to deliver a nuclear weapon. When you are dealing with a tyrant like Kim Jong -Il, you have to assume he can deliver." The President's remarks came at a particularly crucial juncture of the North Korean crisis: indeed, recent actions taken by North Korea's totalitarian leadership-including firing a short-range missile into the Sea of Japan earlier this month-show that the Hermit Kingdom may be much closer to "delivering" on its nuclear threat than previously thought.
Chinese Threat to American Leadership in Space
Gabriele Garibaldi - 5/9/2005
The Ronald Reagan years saw the introduction of the US space program. Temporarily halted under Bill Clinton, it was reinstated when Donald Rumsfeld became the American Secretary of Defense. The zeal with which he relaunched the US space programs - acquiescing to the military and industial military lobbies' requests for rapidly developing space weapons - is evidence of a throwing down of the gauntlet to potential "peer competitors" of the United States. Furthermore, this decision conforms to the will expressed by the Bush administration to definitively reaffirm and consolidate the unipolar role...
China's Growing Influence in Africa
Frederick Stakelbeck, Jr. - 5/7/2005
China's rapid ascension as an influential economic and political force in Africa is raising complex questions concerning the security of the African continent and the future of its people. China's involvement on the continent has increased dramatically over the past several years, fueled by Africa's growing demand for cheap Chinese products and the need for greater infrastructure investment in the African energy and transportation sectors.
China and the Philippines: A Bad Match
John Mangun - 4/27/2005
President Gloria Arroyo acted as excited as a schoolgirl with the prospect of refereeing the dispute between China and Japan. The thought that a minor player like the Philippines might sit down at the same table as Asia's two giants, even momentarily, was almost too much to comprehend.
China's Container Ship Fleet: Economic Savior or Trojan Horse?
Frederick Stakelbeck, Jr. - 4/11/2005
Homer's two great epic tales, the Iliad and the Odyssey, describe heroic actions of indomitable figures such as Achilles and Agamemnon during the Trojan War. Under the guise of increased economic cooperation and friendship, could this epic tale of deception be resurrected and used by China in a spectacular, lightening invasion of Taiwan? Could the hollow hulls and empty decks of Chinese container ships carry infantry and mechanized divisions for a devastating attack on Taiwan, securing the island before the U.S. could respond?
China's Containment Policy Towards United States
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 4/8/2005
European intellectuals yearned for the mutually exclusive: an America contained and a regime-changed Iraq. The Chinese are more pragmatic - though, bound by what is left of their Marxism, they still ascribe American behavior to the irreconcilable contradictions inherent in capitalism.
China: Emerging Global Economic Player
Panna Lal Chowdhury - 4/5/2005
The People's Republic of China adopted an open door economic policy starting from 1978. Its centrally controlled and inefficient economy was replaced gradually with a market oriented economy. This historic initiative resulted in impressive economic and social developments for China. During the 1980s, China's GDP growth rate recorded a sharp increase and was second only to that of South Korea. In the 1990's, China experienced highest economic growth rate in the Asia-Pacific region. China now enjoying record inflow of foreign investment, the highest in the world. For the current decade China is ...
The Cost of Unification - German Lessons for Korea
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 3/23/2005
The North remains as recalcitrant and belligerent as ever. The prospects of Korean unification are best gauged in Panmunjom, scene of the armistice that ended the Korean war, where a South Korean rail line ends abruptly. The North has yet to construct the few miles to Kaesong within its territory. North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland continues its vitriolic diatribes against South and West alike. Unification is not a straightforward matter not only geopolitically or politically - but also, and, perhaps, mainly, economically.
Genocide in China: Nanking's Other History
Dawne Hendrix - 3/17/2005
Nanking is a city widely known for its great literary, political, and artistic contributions to Chinese culture; and in the history of the city, one can learn about the extravagant tombs, palaces, and museums, for it was considered to be a cultural hub. However, it seems that when looking at this city's history in the twentieth century, one major event is not really mentioned. This history relates to the massacre that occurred right before the official beginning of the Second World War.
China's Shipbuilding Industry: An Emerging Threat to U.S. National Security?
Frederick Stakelbeck, Jr. - 2/17/2005
China is experiencing the greatest national expansion of its shipbuilding industry in the country's maritime history, with growth expected to continue well into the next decade. China's shipbuilding industry currently ranks third overall in the world behind perennial leaders South Korea and Japan, with the goal of becoming the world's leading shipbuilder by 2015. But what does this mean for the U.S.?
The Dragon's Dawn: China as a Rising Imperial Power
Geoffrey Cain - 2/11/2005
Possessing a brutal history of foreign invasion, rape, and occupation by expanding Asian empires, most notably the Mongols under Genghis Khan, modern China has developed a sense of cultural pride through feelings of ethnic revenge and in notions of national expansion. Such an upsurge in patriotism can essentially be seen in such factors; however, in order to fully understand China as a rising power, other aspects of growth must be considered within its full international context.
North Korean Gulag Survivor Speaks
Charles Ganske - 1/4/2005
North Korea is the largest recipient of food aid in the world today, but an estimated four million North Koreans have starved to death since 1995. In one year, the regime of Kim Jong Il spent $20 million out of $80 million in humanitarian relief funds on Mercedes Benz automobiles. Additionally, forced labor camps dotting the countryside.