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.
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.