Geopolitics in the South China Sea: Expansionism in the Shadow of North Korean Drama

By Stephen Nagy / GeoPoliticalMonitor

The world’s attention has been captured by the political drama emanating out of Pyongyang and Washington. The cat-and-mouse posturing prior to a potential June summit that may lead to an incremental denuclearization over what is likely going to be a generation masks the critical and potential irreversible geopolitical machinations occurring in the South China Sea (SCS) as China expands its military, economic, and diplomatic influence in the region. Continue reading “Geopolitics in the South China Sea: Expansionism in the Shadow of North Korean Drama”

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Where is China targeting its development finance?

by China Power

China has emerged as one of the world’s largest providers of development finance. Between 2000 and 2014, China extended a total of $354 billion in loans, grants, and other resources to countries across the globe. As China continues to establish itself as a major source of development finance, it is important to consider how this spending intersects with Beijing’s growing political and economic interests. Continue reading “Where is China targeting its development finance?”

Filipino English Teachers Become Popular Online

By Zhang Lijuan / May 3, 2018/ China Report ASEAN

“Thank you so much—you are like my second mom,” wrote a Chinese student to her Filipino English teacher. “I’m gonna be busy the next few days, so I cannot do the lessons. I will miss you, and I will be back very soon! I love you and will see you soon. Take care always.” A young woman who had been studying English for two years on 51Talk, a leading Chinese online English training organization, published her feelings about her teacher on jianshu.com, a website on which any registered user can post their creations. Continue reading “Filipino English Teachers Become Popular Online”

China’s ‘sea parade’: Honing military skills and striking fear

by Frank Ching/ April 17, 2018 / Manila Times

IN his epic speech at the Communist Party congress last October, XiJinping, party leader and state president, announced the initiation of “a new stage in strengthening and revitalizing the armed forces.” By 2035, he promised, “the modernization of our national defense and our forces is basically completed” and “by the mid-21st century our people’s armed forces have been fully transformed into world-class forces.” Continue reading “China’s ‘sea parade’: Honing military skills and striking fear”

Xi Jinping’s defence of globalisation and open markets: key takeaways from Chinese leader’s speech to Boao Forum

by Sarah Zheng / April 10, 2018 / SCMP

Chinese President Xi Jinping committed to further opening up China’s markets as he sought to portray the country as a leading defender of globalisation. Continue reading “Xi Jinping’s defence of globalisation and open markets: key takeaways from Chinese leader’s speech to Boao Forum”

Does ASEAN support US military presence in South China Sea?

by Mark J. Valencia / April 2, 2018 / The Jakarta Post

On March 23, the US Navy destroyer Mustin made a non-innocent passage within 12 nautical miles of China’s artificially built up and occupied Mischief Reef. China saw this as yet another “serious political and military provocation”. This latest Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) came amidst a downturn in US –China relations—particularly regarding the South China Sea (SCS). Continue reading “Does ASEAN support US military presence in South China Sea?”

Shining a Cleansing Light on China’s Dark Secrets

Xi Jinping: How China’s president got ahead, in hats

As China’s most significant political gathering in decades draws to a close, Liao Ailian and Pan Guixian are preparing to head home.

They’re among the almost 3,000 delegates from across China who have spent the past two weeks sitting in the Great Hall of the People, voting on the decisions mostly already taken by the Communist Party leadership behind closed doors. Continue reading “Xi Jinping: How China’s president got ahead, in hats”