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 [...]

Who will head WIPO? – The Washington Post

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a U.N. agency specializing in intellectual property protection, will pick a new head this week. China now heads up four of the 15 U.N. specialized agencies — the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Telecommunication Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the U.N. Industrial Development Organization. Beijing is [...]

China’s US$62 billion belt and road project in Pakistan risks becoming corridor to nowhere | South China Morning Post

Almost seven years after the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was established, less than one-third of announced projects have been completed. In Gwadar, an airport is among projects that have yet to materialise as economic slowdown forces China to scale back its global ambitions. — Read on

Coronavirus tests Xi Jinping’s ‘heavenly mandate,’ but proves a godsend for China’s surveillance state – The Washington Post

Ancient Chinese doctrine has it that when heaven is unhappy with the emperor, it signals its displeasure by raining down disasters such as floods, plagues, and swarms of locusts. The philosopher Mencius said a ruler could lose his “mandate of heaven” if he neglected his responsibility to care for the ordinary people. These beliefs, still [...]

My father, Gui Minhai, has been unjustly sentenced to 10 years in China – The Washington Post

Angela Gui is the daughter of imprisoned Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge. -- Last week, the Chinese government sentenced my father, Gui Minhai, to 10 years in prison after holding him in arbitrary detention for more than four years. This announcement follows years of appalling [...]

China’s Dilemmas over Stalled North Korean Denuclearization Talks – Carnegie-Tsinghua Center – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

As North Korea continues to stall talks with the United States and South Korea, there is a greater need for China to play a more assertive role to help break the impasse. However, Beijing’s efforts to promote sanction relief for Pyongyang when it is unclear what North Korea will do about its nuclear programs make [...]

Spycraft as Statecraft | RealClearBooks

In China, espionage and counterintelligence have often been inextricably linked. Indeed, as Peter Mattis and Matthew Brazil recount in “Chinese Communist Espionage,” the two have sometimes been all but indistinguishable, as they were during the decades-long struggle between Mao Zedong’s Chinese Communist Party and Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists, and during the full-on war between the United [...]

China and 5G | Issues in Science and Technology

The Chinese Communist Party is determined to dominate the global digital marketplace. Chinese companies with virtually unlimited access to capital for the development of the next generation of connectivity are going head-to-head with US companies. Beyond economic competition, Beijing’s techno-authoritarianism travels too, and Beijing is working to export to sympathetic regimes the same combination of [...]