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China’s ‘Common Prosperity’ Campaign is Going to Be Tough Going
September 18, 2021

China’s ‘Common Prosperity’ Campaign is Going to Be Tough Going

By Andrew Collier
Fixing inequality would require fundamental change in China’s tax structure and state system – reforms highly unlikely under the current political system.

Afghanistan, Taiwan, and America’s ‘Fighting Spirit’
September 18, 2021

Afghanistan, Taiwan, and America’s ‘Fighting Spirit’

By Andrei Lungu
Long before the Afghanistan withdrawal, China had become convinced that the U.S. does not have the stomach for a protracted fight over Taiwan.
China’s ‘Standards 2035’ Project Could Result in a Technological Cold War
September 18, 2021

China’s ‘Standards 2035’ Project Could Result in a Technological Cold War

By Arjun Gargeyas
The repercussions of the Chinese plan will create blocs of influence, each following separate technical standards governing emerging and critical technologies

Will China Actually Join the CPTPP?
September 17, 2021

Will China Actually Join the CPTPP?

By Shannon Tiezzi
China's membership bid has symbolic value, but it's highly unlikely that Beijing will meet the CPTPP's standards.

Rural Affairs Specialist Han Jun Likely to Ascend to Vice Premier in 2022
September 17, 2021

Rural Affairs Specialist Han Jun Likely to Ascend to Vice Premier in 2022

By Tristan Kenderdine
Han Jun’s elevation to Jilin governor puts this rural policy careerist in strong contention for one of four State Council vice premier positions in 2022.

‘Red Roulette’: Tell-All Book Reveals the Dark Underbelly of China’s Gilded Age
September 17, 2021

‘Red Roulette’: Tell-All Book Reveals the Dark Underbelly of China’s Gilded Age

By Lizzi C. Lee
Beneath Desmond Shum’s deeply personal memoir about corruption and wealth, we can glimpse the profound political and economic tectonic shifts that foreshadowed Xi Jinping’s second term of office.

Understanding China’s Draft Algorithm Regulations
September 16, 2021

Understanding China’s Draft Algorithm Regulations

By Sapni G K and Mihir Mahajan
China’s restrictions on recommendation algorithms fill a gap in global regulations. Not coincidentally, though, they also serve to extend Chinese state control over internet-based services.
Week of Tit-for-Tat Missile Tests on Korean Peninsula
September 16, 2021

Week of Tit-for-Tat Missile Tests on Korean Peninsula

By Steven Stashwick
North and South Korea both test new missiles, including a new South Korean submarine-launched missile.

Is China’s Evergrande Group Too Big to Fail?
September 16, 2021

Is China’s Evergrande Group Too Big to Fail?

By Nathan Handwerker
In a year marked by defaults, the potential collapse of China’s second largest property developer offers insight into Beijing’s changing attitude on bailouts and financial risk.

China’s Foreign Minister Holds Talks in South Korea
September 15, 2021

China’s Foreign Minister Holds Talks in South Korea

By Shannon Tiezzi
Seoul wants to secure Beijing's cooperation on North Korea, but Wang Yi's top priority is ensuring South Korea does not join the U.S. coalition against China.

Pay Attention to the KMT’s Chair Election
September 15, 2021

Pay Attention to the KMT’s Chair Election

By David G. Brown
The coming election may set the future course for the KMT, currently Taiwan’s main opposition party.
North Korea Fires 2 Ballistic Missiles Off Its East Coast
September 15, 2021

North Korea Fires 2 Ballistic Missiles Off Its East Coast

By Mitch Shin
The North’s missile launch came amid a flurry of diplomatic meetings in Seoul and Tokyo. Seoul quickly followed up with its own SLBM test. 

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