Tag Archives: China

A Swell in US–India Defense Cooperation

The tempered expectations but dependable delivery in the new US–India defense partnership might well come to be marked as the moment when the two parties settled for a more productive, though modest, engagement that translated their mutual strategic visions into practical cooperation in the Indian Ocean and the Asia-Pacific region.

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Coastal Flooding Threatens Cities Across World

According to projections for the year 2070, India’s Kolkata and Mumbai top the list of cities whose populations are most exposed to coastal flooding, with 14 million and 11.4 million respectively. The first seven cities on the list are from Asia, followed by Miami at number eight.

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Indian Air Pollution A ‘National Crisis’

India dominates list of world’s top polluted cities, new data from the WHO reveals, with cities in Pakistan and Bangladesh catching up fast.

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Why China is Really Dictating the Oil Supply Glut

China’s massive oil imports despite dropping domestic demand are contributing to driving the oil prices up. If their imports drop, the world will return to the supply glut and oil prices will retrace back to the lower $30s/b.

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The Limits to Chinese Political Power

China must be dealt with as it is — case by case, rule by rule, situation by situation. Seeing China clearly as it is requires understanding and accepting the limits on anyone’s power to change it inside or outside the system, and working with the China we have, not the China that even President Xi encourages to dream of 50 or a 100 years hence.

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View from Kabul: Obstacles to Afghan Peace Process

The intra-Afghan peace talks are up against multiple internal and external challenges. There has been a surge in Taliban attacks alongside increasingly conflicting views on the peace process within Afghanistan’s National Unity Government – reflected in the pro-Karzai and pro-Ghani camps.

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Food Security: Asia’s Critical Balancing Act

The sustainability of Asia’s food production systems is being questioned in a world with intensive agriculture. Current agricultural production and distribution already leaves hundreds of millions of people hungry in the world, while growth in agricultural production under a business-as-usual model will likely contribute to the planet approaching or even surpassing its safe operating space in terms of biodiversity, climate change and the nitrogen cycle.

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What Happens if China’s Economy Has a Hard Landing?

If China does experience a hard landing, it will take years to correct the underlying structural causes and restore China’s economic reputation.

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Pakistan: Discord Over CPEC & Selfish Motives

The Chinese concern over emerging discord in Pakistan over the route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor amounts to a direct rebuke of the province-centered “development visions” of Asif Ali Zardari and the Sharifs. For these leaders, initiating the CPEC meant concentrating development in their home provinces.

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Northeast Asia’s Dysfunctional Diplomacy

Anyone who follows the politics of Northeast Asia must be wondering whether things may finally be about to change for the better. Not only have the leaders of the region’s big three — China, Japan and South Korea — recently held much delayed talks, but the presidents of China and Taiwan have finally had a face-to-face meeting as well. Does …

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