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2021/11/29 | East Asia Forum

Why There Are No Grand Alliances in Asia

A regional order that excludes one great power over the other may make sense geostrategically, but be unpalatable politically.

2021/11/25 | Deutsche Welle

Chinese Construction Site in Serbia Using ‘Slave Labor’

Around 500 Vietnamese workers are building the first Chinese tire factory in Europe. Activists say their working conditions are inhumane: no money, no passports, no hot water. The Serbian government rejects the claims.

2021/11/19 | East Asia Forum

The CPTPP Isn’t Just a Trade Deal for Taiwan, It’s a Survival Plan

The CPTPP is at the heart of mapping out Taiwan’s long-term survival, not just a means to remain competitive in global markets.

2021/11/11 | Voice of America

Chinese Newspaper Removes Editorial Calling for More Media Freedom

Hu Xijin is better known for his acerbic attacks on the United States, but in his Monday piece, he instead criticized Beijing.

2021/11/08 | Voice of America

China Trying to Snuff Murder Mystery Role-Playing Games

“If it’s a good script, you will be surprised every step of the way, and that brings out a sense of accomplishment if you figure out who’s the murderer.”

2021/11/05 | Deutsche Welle

China: Covid Citizen Journalist ‘Close to Death’ in Jail

Zhang Zhan traveled to Wuhan last February to report on the chaos at the epicenter of the first Covid-19 outbreak. She is on hunger strike after receiving a 4-year jail sentence for “provoking trouble.”

2021/10/29 | The Interpreter

The Legal Case For Defending Taiwan

If a narrow interpretation of international law saw China attack Taiwan, a League of Nations-style crisis would ensue.

2021/10/26 | The Interpreter

Would a War Over Taiwan Be Legal?

International law defines statehood and provides the rules of war, but ambiguities abound in the case of Taiwan.

2021/10/18 | Voice of America

China Seen Tightening Grip on Macao

Macao has been paired with neighboring Guangdong in a special economic zone, with special tax and other policies aimed at diversifying Macao’s economy away from gambling.

2021/10/15 | Global Voices

Why Are Czech Elites Being Captured by Beijing Narratives?

Since its independence, the Czech Republic has experienced remarkable changes in its relations with China.

2021/10/12 | Voice of America

Analysts: Thaw in Sino-US Trade Dispute Would Lift World Supply Chains, Dent Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian countries should expect less investment by multinationals trying to sustain U.S.-bound exports without shipping from China.

2021/10/06 | Deutsche Welle

French Senators Visit Taiwan Amid China Tensions

A group of French senators is set to meet top Taiwanese officials, including President Tsai Ing-wen, though China had warned France against the trip.

2021/10/06 | The Interpreter

Chinese Warplanes Overhead Taiwan (Or Maybe Not)

Multi-aircraft flights – some at night – signal a growing sophistication. But there are still limits.

2021/10/05 | Voice of America

US To Have ‘Frank’ Discussions With China About Trade

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said China has fallen short of its purchase promises and she would seek a meeting with her Chinese counterpart to review the matter.

2021/09/28 | Voice of America

China Tells Effeminate Male Celebrities to Man Up

China call on broadcasters to enforce a “correct beauty standard” and to stop booking male celebrities who fail to meet the manly criteria.

2021/09/24 | The Interpreter

Can the China Model Be Accommodated in the CPTPP?

A rules-based trading system is the bare minimum that Beijing must agree to if it wants to talk accession, analysts argue.