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 [...]

EU, China, 15 Others Form Alliance to Settle Trade Disputes – Bloomberg

The European Union and a group of 16 nations that includes China and Brazil are forming an alliance to settle their trade disputes using an appeals and arbitration system at the World Trade Organization to replace temporarily a process stymied by the U.S. — Read on

US–China trade deal disappoints | East Asia Forum

Why did China sign a deal that seems destined to fail? First, it achieves short-term benefits by avoiding further escalation of bilateral tariffs in return for Chinese commitments to purchase needed agricultural and energy products. Second, the two-year time horizon for the purchase commitments creates some policy stability even if it means accepting the current [...]

Smaller countries lose in the US–China trade deal | East Asia Forum

Since the phase one trade deal between China and the United States was inked on 15 January, much of the commentary has focussed on the overly ambitious targets for Chinese purchases of US goods. Critics charge that the deal amounts to ‘managed trade’ or ‘central planning’ that substitutes government diktats for market forces. The real [...]

The US-China trade agreement will not put an end to geopolitical risks | Bruegel

The agreement, which is only interim, has been oversold by both parties and probably will not last. The differences between the two powers remain enormous, so the geopolitical risk remains intact. Most likely, this risk becomes a reality in the Middle East, and in particular Iran, given the enormous investment that China has made in [...]

Belt and Road Initiative: Geopolitical Analysis The Belt and Road initiative is a convergence of China's New Silk Road project to create land routes through Central Asia, linking Eurasia and Europe, with the New Maritime Silk Road initiative to build a network of ports and logistics in the Indian Ocean region. This presentation analyses the geopolitics of the Belt and [...]

The New Great Game in the Indian Ocean The Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean, its littoral countries are home to almost half the world’s population. two-thirds of the world’s trade passes through the Indian Ocean, including most of its oil supplies. It is no surprise then that the Indian Ocean is fast emerging as the world’s most actively contested geopolitical [...]

The Achilles’ Heel of Liberal IR Theory?: Globalization and Conflict in the Pre-World War I Era | World Politics | Cambridge Core

The Achilles' Heel of Liberal IR Theory?: Globalization and Conflict in the Pre-World War I Era - Volume 59 Issue 3 - Patrick J. McDonald, Kevin Sweeney — Read on