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Trump’s Great Game: Playing Russia Against China

January 17, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Americas, Asia - Pacific, China, Dan SteinbockComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock Trump has pledged to reset the White House policies on “America First” basis. In Asia, it may mean an effort to balance with Russia against China and the reverse of US China approach in the 1970s.   After inauguration, Donald Trump will move from Trump Plaza in mid-Manhattan to White House in …

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Business As Usual

December 12, 2016 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, Asia - Pacific, ChinaComments (0)

From the Editors In January 2017 a new president will be sworn in who will continue with President Obama’s South East Asia pivot policy with the objective of confronting China. That a US and NATO war with China is inevitable is evidenced by the over 400 US

The Coming War on China

December 10, 2016 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, International Relations, ChinaComments (0)

By John Pilger   When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression of a human being at ease: legs splayed, back bent, one hand by her side as she sat waiting for a bank to open. At a

The South China Sea and Philippine National Interest and Security

December 10, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, China, Special Feature on Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (1)

By Roland Simbulan The ideal strategic goal is for the Philippines to enjoy the friendship of the US, Japan and China and not be a pawn in their inevitable conflicts – such as how the South China Sea dispute is being used as the US’ disguised pivot in

Rodrigo Duterte’s pivot to Asia is a rational move

November 23, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Asia - Pacific, China, Special Feature on Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Chandran Nair The Pax Americana is outdated and it is time for regional powers to realign.   In the past 30 years, a succession of Southeast Asian leaders was supposed to represent a new direction for regional geopolitics. First there was Malaysia’s

India, China face trade choices

November 3, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, China, Dan Steinbock, IndiaComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock In the coming years, China and India must decide whether their bilateral ties will be based on economic cooperation, political facilitation and strategic trust – or economic walls, political barriers and strategic containment.   In

China’s International Renminbi Is Coming – Is Wall Street Ready?

September 29, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, EMERGING TRENDS, China, Global Capital MarketsComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock                On October 1, the Chinese renminbi officially becomes the fifth international reserve currency. Until recently, Washington played geopolitics to defer the renminbi’s internationalisation. But what about Wall

China’s Devastating Floods: From Adaptation to Mitigation

July 28, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, China, Dan SteinbockComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock     After weeks of torrential rain across central and southern China, the mainland has suffered from a series of devastating floods. As the total price tag has soared, the impact will be felt in economic growth. You might also like: Life

Time for Reset and Realism in the South China Sea

July 20, 2016 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International Relations, Asia - Pacific, China, Dan Steinbock, Special Feature on Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock After the South China Sea arbitration ruling, uncertainty and friction may increase in the region. However, the economic promise of China’s rise and the Asian century will only materialise with peace and stability in the region. You might

Reflections on the Post-Aquino Philippine-China Relations: Taking into Account the Realities of Geopolitics

July 15, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International Relations, Americas, Asia - Pacific, China, Special Feature on Duterte and the Philippines, Unprotected PostComments (1)

By Renato Cruz De Castro This article examines how the Philippines challenged China’s expansive maritime claim in the South China Sea during President Aquino’s term and also explores the crucial question of whether the next administration will continue or