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China Special Reports

China’s International Partnerships: Pakistan, CPEC, and Central Asia

China is redrawing the global security map beyond Asia-Pacific. This article, the second in a four-part series, examines how Beijing’s ‘march West’ strategy is impacting regional security architecture in Pakistan and Central Asia. 

Asia Pacific Security

Australia-Japan alliance: A blueprint for something bigger?

Is the strengthening of bonds between Japan and Australia merely an attempt to balance China, or is it a sign of a more promising future?

China Economics

Pressure Mounting on China’s Services Sector

China’s services sector has been instrumental in maintaining its economic growth as its low quality manufacturing advantages erode. Even so, signs of mounting pressure on the sector are becoming apparent.

China Special Reports

China’s international partnerships: Beyond One Belt, One Road 

China is redrawing the global security map beyond Asia-Pacific. This article, the first in a four-part series, examines the background of China’s geopolitical restructuring efforts and how they have unfolded within the context of relations with a critical security partner, Bangladesh. 

Asia Pacific Insights

Nuclear energy challenges in Japan

Japan has adopted a peaceful approach towards nuclear technology, limiting it to the use of supplying electricity. This is now creating challenges.

China Insights

Chinese Activity in the Arctic

Growing US concerns over Chinese involvement in Arctic affairs have raised tensions between the two states. Although detrimental to mutual trust, it is unlikely that economic activity in the Arctic Circle will be disrupted in the near future as China currently seeks to avoid securitization of the region.  

China Economics

China-US: A Trade War of Attrition?

On 10 May, 2019, the Trump administration raised tariffs on USD 200 billion worth of imports from China. This escalation of events caught observers by surprise. The Chinese side has retaliated with tariffs on American goods.

Europe Security

Europe’ data security dilemma: the Huawei debate

Last month, Huawei offered an anti-spy agreement to Germany, in order to ease the data security concerns and be able to participate in the country’s 5G mobile networks. However, without the same level of guarantee from the Chinese government, it is unlikely that the concerns could be eliminated. What would be the next step for European countries on this matter?

China Economics

China: Will the economy absorb shocks from US trade dispute?

The US-China trade war recently escalated with Donald Trump’s decision to increase tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports. As trade talks fail to overcome political barriers between both countries, China is feeling immediate economic pressure. 

China Politics

China’s new Silk Road or debt-trap diplomacy?

Italy’s decision to join China’s new Silk Road project last month has heightened Western nations’ concerns over Chinese expansionism.