Asian century began in May 2020 – Asia Times

Asian economic recovery is consistent with success in controlling the Covid-19 pandemic. China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore have Covid-19 death rates a tenth of Germany’s and a hundredth of the rate in the US, UK, France or Spain. Asia’s short-term surge followed its success in disease prevention. But the long-term driver [...]

“Land Apart, Shared Sky”: Sino-Japanese Relations Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic – Jamestown

Over the last several years, Sino-Japanese relations have registered steady progress. Despite the intensified international criticism directed toward the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, the administrations in both Beijing and Tokyo seem keen to maintain this newfound status quo. Russia, Cambodia, and a number of [...]

Haunted by a phantom, China fights a modern-day siege – Nikkei Asian Review

For Chinese people who study history, the parallels between China's current situation and what happened at the dawn of the 20th Century are clear. The Boxer Protocol was an unequal treaty that recognized the right of foreign powers to station troops in China. Many believe it precipitated the fall of the Qing dynasty. The memories [...]

Importance of Institutional Power: Taiwan’s Response to Covid Case Study

Why are some nation-states able to handle situations of crisis better than others? The answer lies in the Institutional Power capabilities which successful nation-states create over time. In this presentation we develop a theory of Institutional Power and apply it to Taiwan's response in containing the Covid pandemic. A comprehensive list of news sources related [...]

For These Two Countries, the Strategic Calculus in the Indian Ocean Region Remains Unchanged – Defense Security Monitor

While forecasts anticipate flat or declining topline defense budget trajectories among many countries stemming from COVID-19 relief measures, the same cannot be said for two peer rival states angling for strategic leverage in the Indian Ocean Region: China and India. Though defense-related spending may slow this year and possibly next, the investment paths in the [...]

March of the Turanians: how Central Asian horselords shaped the modern world

From the 5th Century AD to the 12th Century AD, wave after wave of nomadic horse lords marched out of their Central Asian homelands, changing, forever, the course of history in Europe, South Asia and India, and, even, China. It all began with Attila the Hun, who, arguably, sounded the death knell of the Western [...]

China’s New Silk Road Strategy and the Middle East

In recent years, the People’s Republic of China has significantly increased its economic and diplomatic engagement with the Middle East. Most of Beijing’s investment in the region focuses on energy, infrastructure construction, nuclear power, new energy sources, agriculture, and finance. These investments serve not only China’s interests but also those of Middle Eastern countries hoping [...]

Chinese Thought by Roel Sterckx review – The TLS

The first translation into a European language of the sayings of Confucius (the Analects), bore the title Confucius Sinarum Philosophus, “Confucius, the Chinese Philosopher” (1687). The Jesuits who translated this book were not the only ones who regarded it as obvious that there is philosophy in China. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz exclaimed, “Certainly [the Chinese] surpass [...]