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China’s Evolving Economic Statecraft

Chinese enterprises are going global, venturing overseas to acquire foreign companies, know-how, and technologies. While most of these activities reflect simple business decisions, others carefully and deliberately advance China’s strategic interests, perhaps against the interests of its trading partners.

Read Here – The Diplomat

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How Does China’s Imperial Past Shape Its Foreign Policy Today?

Throughout most of history China dominated Asia, up until what many Chinese refer to as the “century of humiliation”—when Japan and Western powers invaded or otherwise interfered between 1839 and 1949. Now, with China on the rise again, are Beijing’s leaders looking to establish a new hegemony by drawing on the playbook of the distant past, when China’s neighbours were forced to pay tribute?

Read Here – China File

Is Foreign Policy Leadership A Fool’s Errand?

Donald Trump is so singular a figure in background and temperament, so large a personality, and so seemingly immune to the usual pressures and incentives, that it is tempting to imagine that foreign policy under him will be simply the projection of his will. Think again.

Read Here – The National Interest

As Trump Era Arrives, A Sense Of Uncertainty Grips The World

The Germans are angry. The Chinese are downright furious. Leaders of NATO are nervous, while their counterparts at the European Union are alarmed. Just days before he is sworn into office, President-elect Donald J. Trump has again focused his penchant for unpredictable disruption on the rest of the world.

Read Here – The New York Times

Ten Takeaways From Xi’s Davos Speech

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening plenary of the 2017 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss town of Davos. Here are 10 quick takeaways from the 50-minute address, which touched upon globalization, protectionism, world economy and China’s development among other subjects.

Read Here – Xinhua

Obama Wasn’t Weak On Foreign Policy – He Was Just Wise Enough To Realise That Asia, Not America, Is The Future

As the Trump presidency nears, it has suddenly become fashionable to downplay the achievements of Barack Obama, not least because the President-elect seems so keen on ripping up much of what he did. One view in particular has become popular: that Obama pursued a weak foreign policy, which is to blame for many of the problems facing the world today.

Read Here – The Independent

The Geopolitical Recession

This year marks the most volatile political risk environment in the postwar period, at least as important to global markets as the economic recession of 2008. It needn’t develop into a geopolitical depression that triggers major interstate military conflict and/or the breakdown of major central government institutions. But such an outcome is now thinkable, a tail risk from the weakening of international security and economic architecture and deepening mistrust among the world’s most powerful governments.

Read Here – Eurasia Group

Markets Are Going To Roil Next Year

The sheer range of known unknowns for 2017 — the outlook for China’s economy, the effect of populism on European politics, the scattergun policy-making of president-elect Donald Trump — makes a low level of uncertainty unlikely to persist.

Read Here – BloombergView

The Lessons Of Henry Kissinger

kissingerThe legendary and controversial statesman criticises the Obama Doctrine, talks about the main challenges for the next U.S. president, and explains how to avoid war with China.

Read Here – The Atlantic

World Chaos and World Order: Conversations With Henry Kissinger

How Should Culture Affect Foreign Policy?

Western ideas—which many in the West believe are universal—collide with the ideals of Middle Eastern societies in ways that aren’t always obvious.

Read Here – The Atlantic

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