Asia

China, the Economic Introvert

Seemingly perpetual economic growth and China’s status as an international behemoth may be in question as President Xi Jinping shifts priorities. Dubbed an ‘economic introvert,’ the features of the foretold fortress China are being concretely laid into CCP dogma. Ushered into his ground-breaking third term as President and Politburo strongman, Xi aims to redirect China’s
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Sailing into Dire Straits

Paranoia has swept across Europe. Skyrocketing energy prices and uncertainty in the future economic outlook have made Europeans far more wary of their nations’ reliance on other nations, particularly those potentially as malicious as Russia. In a frenzy, pundits have underscored any possible dependencies, ranging from cheaply manufactured goods from South Asia to the Taiwanese
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The Taiwan Trilemma

A seemingly insolvable predicament

“If anyone dares to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese army will definitely not hesitate to start a war no matter the cost”, as spoken by China’s defence minister Wei Fenghe at the Shangri-La Dialogue – Asia’s most important security conference – in Singapore in June 2022. As the EU has been preoccupied with supporting
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The ‘debt-trap diplomacy’ narrative: A look at the other side

A case study of a controversial Sri Lankan port deal and other Chinese lending practices

The ‘debt trap diplomacy’ narrative has become a defining account of Chinese overseas financing since it was first uttered by the Trump administration. However, as with all ubiquitous narratives, it is worth probing and looking into this claim to understand its validity, what it means, and whom it serves. Let us backtrack and take a
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