Post Tagged with: "China"

on October 14, 2014 at 10:16 AM / in World

The Economic Tide Shifts Amid Protests in Hong Kong

By: Connor Quirk Over the past few months, the world has watched as Hong Kong experienced unprecedented civil unrest.  The protests, coordinated by student groups throughout the city, have one aim: to broaden the scope of the democratic process in coming elections.  Currently, Hong Kong operates under the “basic law,” a de facto constitution put in place during the handover […]

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on April 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM / in World

Why China Owns Our Debt

By: William Robinson China is the world’s largest owner of the U.S. government’s debt, holding $1.273 trillion worth of U.S. Treasury securities as of February 2014. As a result, many pundits, policymakers, and analysts fear that these holdings give China leverage over U.S. policymaking, as this 2010 commercial by Citizens Against Government Waste hyperbolically suggests. Others forecast a doomsday scenario […]

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on March 3, 2014 at 7:11 PM / in World

The Lion on the Leash

By: Matt Oldham What would you buy with $75 billion dollars? It could go a long way—a new house, a couple Corvettes, maybe a yacht or two. Even after all of those purchases, there would still be enough money left over to do it 74 more times. China has found an alternate use for this money: trying to buy China. […]

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on February 24, 2014 at 8:34 PM / in World

Prudent Cross-Strait Rapprochement

By: Ian Davis Although China and Taiwan are only separated by a shallow, 120-mile stretch of water, the two countries have yet to establish official diplomatic channels of communication. For 65 years, an absence of political dialogue has threatened to alter the regional status quo by challenging China’s hierarchical role at the top of regional power. However, this may soon […]

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on February 14, 2014 at 11:28 AM / in World

Why the Easing of the One-Child Policy Doesn’t Matter

By: Eli Scott In 2011, the total trade volume between North Korea and China was $5.36 billion, but some researchers contest that one of North Korea’s main exports to China–brides–aren’t included in this figure. Such a quirk in the two countries’ trade balance is a result of the lasting effects of China’s former one-child policy. The one-child policy was eased […]

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on November 18, 2013 at 6:31 PM / in World

The Next Crash: China’s Uncertain Future

By: Max Wallace Last week, the Chinese government announced an impressive list of reforms and a major overhaul for one of the government’s most infamous policies.  China’s “One-Child” policy will be relaxed among concerns that a rapidly ageing population will cripple the nation’s economy.  This decision, among others, was reached during the Third Plenum, a gathering of the nation’s new leadership […]

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on October 30, 2013 at 12:33 AM / in World

In Which Life Imitates Art: The Trial of Bo Xilai

By: Shuchi Goyal Earlier this week, the high court of China rejected disgraced politician Bo Xilai’s appeal on his sentence of life-imprisonment after he was found guilty last month of various crimes, including bribery and embezzlement. The decision marked what China surely hopes is the final chapter in an ugly and convoluted tale of rampant government corruption. Riddled with plot […]

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on October 16, 2013 at 12:21 PM / in World

Evil Geniuses: How North Korea Established the Perfect Government

By: Michael Ingram When you think of North Korea, what comes to mind? Probably some version of the following: insane, backwards, evil, failed, irrational, or a variation on the last bastion of communist, cult of personality totalitarianism. Regardless of your choice, North Korea is almost exclusively described through pejoratives.  Yet it’s possible to paint a picture of the Hermit Kingdom that […]

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on September 6, 2013 at 12:38 PM / in World

The Return of the Rising Sun

By Holly Boggs  What is a country without an army or a means to independently protect itself? The response of most right-wing Japanese diplomats would be a unified, resounding chorus: “weak.” It goes without saying, then, that the continued existence of Article 9 of the Japanese post-WWII Constitution, which forbids Japan from having a standing army or solving international issues […]

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on September 5, 2013 at 6:47 AM / in World

CHINA EXPO: Red Roundtable

By: Michael Ingram China to the average layperson appears monolithic. Their political system is notoriously opaque with virtually all prominent decisions occurring behind closed doors. Their language is overwhelmingly daunting with its vast and complicated set of pictograms and tones. Their culture is both long and proud, but in the West, it often seems more mythical than historical. All of […]

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