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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.

Asia Pacific Technology and infrastructure

China and 5G: the future of technology

The race for 5G presents a new theatre for geopolitical competition, with China raising the stakes for rapid deployment of its 5G network and the US pushing back to maintain the control over its network and applications. China has situated 5G as a priority, describing it as a “key technology” under its 13th Five-Year Plan.

Asia Pacific Politics

Security or progress? The Australian experiment

China’s growing influence has given rise to a dilemma for its partners, between preserving national security and maintaining access to China’s economic and technological progress. The long-term consequences of how Australia resolves this dilemma may provide insights for the rest of the world.

Asia Pacific Economics International

Apple runs afoul of China’s changing internet

Apple is the victim of bad timing, not a crackdown, as China flexes its internet sovereignty by shutting down iTunes Movies and iBooks.

Asia Pacific Economics

Chinese firms edging out Samsung and Apple in the smartphone industry

Aggressive pricing and strategic partnerships drive China’s rising profile in the global smartphone market. It may not be long until “Made in China” becomes a mark of prestige. Smartphones may

Asia Pacific Economics

Korea and Japan suffer from Chinese competition

Samsung’s declining profits and a Japanese stock market slide show how Japan and Korea struggle with declining foreign demand and Chinese competition. One of Korea’s biggest corporations, Samsung, announced that its second-quarter