Chinese flag as seen from the city wall of Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, April 2018

Leader For Life? Xi Jinping Strengthens Hold On Power As China Ends Term Limits

Just 64 years old and with a legal route to remaining President for life, it now seems certain that Xi will retain not just an informal grip on power, but a monopoly of China’s leadership for a generation or more.
Detail shot from a temple in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, April 2018

Zhongguo And Tianxia: The Central State And The Chinese World

The Chinese School of international relations is unlikely to supplant established international relations theory, but it’s certain to enrich it.
Landscape flowers surrounding the Bell Tower, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, April 2018

Why India’s ‘Act East’ Needs China — And China’s ‘Go West’ Needs India

India’s Prime Minster Narendra Modi has lately been talking up foreign investment in India’s impoverished northeast. As part of his Act East strategy for...
Nighttime scene in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, April 2018

It’s Time For The Mother Of All Trade Deals: A China-US Economic Agreement

The US and China should take the lead in forging an economic governance structure for the 21st century Calichina i-economy: a China-US Economic Agreement (ChUSEA). Let's pronounce it "choosy."
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WeChat’s Red Packets Are The Perfect Use Case For A Chinese Blockchain

More closely than anyone else, WeChat already approximates the blockchain model. WeChat has the right product, the right front end, and the right business need.
People line up to buy tickets at a high speed rail station in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, June 2018

China’s High-Speed Trains Are Taking On More Passengers In Chinese New Year Massive Migration

An increasing number of chunyun travelers will be cruising the country in air-conditioned comfort on China’s world-class high-speed rail network.
Chinese flag as seen from the city wall of Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, April 2018

Is China’s PLA Navy Threatening The South China Sea — Or Defending It?

It is unfair of China to pursue its own security at the expense of the security of its smaller neighbors, but it is perhaps inevitable that any country in China’s position would do so.
Scene from a restaurant district in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, April 2018

China Quietly Releases 2017 Provincial GDP Figures

China’s massive regional disparities — more than twice as large as those between U.S. states — call out for central government policies to address them.
Landscape flowers surrounding the Bell Tower, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, April 2018

Even China’s ‘Polar Silk Road’ Can’t Change The Inconvenient Map Of Eurasia

In its never-ending quest to bring Europe just a little closer, the Chinese government is now promoting the idea of a Polar Silk Road over the top of Eurasia, passing Russia and Norway to connect China to Europe via the Arctic Ocean and the North Sea.
A tangle of wires on a back street in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, April 2018

China’s AIIB Expected To Lend $10-15bn A Year, But Has Only Managed $4.4bn In...

Despite fears that China would channel AIIB money direct to its military allies and other unsavory regimes, the number one beneficiary of AIIB lending to date has been democratic India.