The “rise of China” on the international stage is virtually an undisputed fact. Some even speak of China ‘eclipsing’ the United States as the preeminent world power. One element of this would likely involve the replacement of the U.S. dollar by the Renminbi as the international currency. But how likely is this scenario to play out? Lily Jia subjects this hypothesis to analytical rigour.
Although many strongman leaders are portrayed as authoritarian, power hungry, and egotistic control freaks, Junior Research Fellow Ramesh Balakrishnan discusses how there is a world of difference between those leaders at the head of democracies versus those who are unelected and rule over dictatorships.
Ryan Atkinson provides an overview of the current tensions between the Philippines, Vietnam and China over the South China Sea.
Ryan Atkinson argues that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s comments on blocking China’s access to its artificial islands in the South China Sea are more nuanced than previously thought.
Is China adhering to international law? John Pollock discusses Beijing’s recent activity in the South China Sea and the response from the international community.
John Pollock discusses Xi Jinping’s increasing power and influence in China, and the growing cult of personality surrounding his leadership.