Tag Archives: China

Pakistan’s Foreign Policy Imperatives

Pakistan has been muddling along on a “passage to nowhere” because of the self-serving agendas of both its civil and military rulers alike. It needs a diplomatic space that must enhance its foreign policy options, the core elements of which should remain constructive engagement, non-interference and advancement of economic cooperation.

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Rule of Law Fading in South China Sea’s Murky Waters

The Law of the Sea is an unsatisfactory guide to referee quarrels that reside at the crossroads of disputed sovereignty claims and competing sovereign rights and jurisdiction claims. The rule of law in the contested semi-enclosed seas of Asia needs to be constructed on a foundation that is objective, fair and equitable, observes one analyst.

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BRICS Bank: Developing World Gets a Credit Card

A twenty-first century truism: you know you’ve made it when you’re due for a headquarters in Shanghai. So it is with the imaginatively named New Development Bank, a.k.a. BRICS Bank, a lending institute designed to end Western global dominance and finally assert the rise of the South. Or something.

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Can Sri Lanka Build a Prosperous Post-war Future?

After decades of low growth and stifled economic progress because of the debilitating conflict, the Sri Lankan economy has demonstrated impressive post-war progress, thanks largely to Chinese investment. The 2010–13 GDP growth has averaged 7 per cent, and is likely to exceed that in 2014. Poverty rates have fallen sharply and greater price stability has been achieved.

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US Set for Record Farm Exports Amidst Global Growth

Low energy prices and increasingly available credit make the U.S. agricultural export trade outlook promising in 2014. The farm exports will reach a record $149.5 billion in the year ending Sept. 30, up $6.9 billion from a February forecast.

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India’s New Foreign Policy Agenda

  Foreign policy has rarely mattered in Indian elections, yet one of the biggest challenges the new government in New Delhi will face is in confronting an international system that has felt systematically let down by India over the last few years. The world is hoping — as are India’s impatient and angry young voters — for a quick recovery …

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Environmental Impact of China’s Dam Rush

China plans to increase its share of non-fossil energy to 11.4 percent of total energy consumption through an additional 160 gigawatts (160,000 megawatts) of installed hydropower capacity by 2015, along with ambitious expansions in renewables and nuclear. By 2020, China plans to have 430 gigawatts (430,000 megawatts) of installed hydropower capacity, more than Europe and the United States combined.   A bilingual interactive map published by the Wilson Center’s China …

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Taiwan: The Next Democracy in Crisis?

While political protests are a seemingly common affair in Taiwan, takeovers of parliament have been unprecedented. One day earlier, on 17 March, the ruling Kuomintang party (KMT) said an initial review of a service trade pact with mainland China was complete, skipping directly to a final review in parliament on 8 April. The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has opposed any moves that …

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Japan’s Constitutional Dilemma in a Changing Northeast Asia

Japan’s ‘defenseless on all sides’ security strategy has served it well through the post-war period, underwritten as it has been by America’s security guarantee and continuing presence on Japanese soil. Despite the steady accretion of its military capabilities, the ‘peace’ constitution allayed anxieties within Japan’s neighbors, China, South Korea and the newly independent Southeast Asian nations, about Japanese military intentions. Even …

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Saving Our Blue Future

Have you heard? The world is running out of accessible clean water.   Humanity is polluting, mismanaging, and displacing our finite freshwater sources at an alarming rate. Since 1990, half the rivers in China have disappeared. The Ogallala Aquifer that supplies the U.S. breadbasket will be gone “in our lifetime,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.   By 2030, global demand …

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