Lord Macartney, China, and the convenient lies of history

Lord Macartney, China, and the convenient lies of history

James Carter February 25, 2020 In popular understanding, the Qianlong Emperor’s rejection of Lord Macartney and King George III was an act of hubris, a failure to recognize the military might of Britain and the West, the last prideful act of a waning empire before a “century of humiliation.” But what if our understanding is […]

A glimpse behind the facade of Western China policies

A glimpse behind the facade of Western China policies

Gordon Dumoulin TFF Associate November 28, 2020 Not a day goes by without China appearing in Western news or social media. Almost exclusively with negative reports of human rights violations in Xinjiang or the security law in Hong Kong, government propaganda, or serious concerns that China and its communism will take over the world. Originally […]

Reinventing China

Reinventing China

Photo: Creating a nation: a nineteenth-century copy of a 1767 map titled “Da Qing wan nian yi tong tian xia quan tu” (The great Qing Dynasty’s complete map of all under heaven). Science Photo Library/Alamy. By Kerry Brown November 24, 2020 In the desire to change China do we risk rewriting its history? Review of the […]

Has China Won?

Has China Won?

Tom Switzer September 25, 2020 CIS Executive Director, Tom Switzer interviews John Mearsheimer and Kishore Mahubani to ask Has China Won? At a time when tensions are running high, CIS Executive Director Tom Switzer asked Has China Won? Our debate between John Mearsheimer and Kishore Mahbubani, two of the world’s leading foreign policy intellectuals. Covid-19 […]

When is China-bashing racist?

When is China-bashing racist?

Designer: Yu Jiansu at CGTN.com Martin Powers September 4, 2020 Ann Arbor (Special to Informed Comment) – On the left, there is widespread agreement that Trump’s immigration policies are informed by white supremacist doctrines. His travel ban on Middle Eastern nations was racially charged, not to mention restricting aid to Puerto Ricans ravaged by a […]

Joseph Biden’s foreign policy

Joseph Biden’s foreign policy

By Jonathan Power April 14, 2020 Joseph Biden for president! Yesterday his main rival for the Democratic Party’s nomination, Bernie Sanders, endorsed him. If the world could vote, the overwhelming majority would vote for Biden, despite some misgivings. My reservations would be on his foreign policy. Like President Barack Obama he would be good on […]

It’s wrong to rubbish China

It’s wrong to rubbish China

By Jonathan Power February 19, 2020 In Munich this past weekend at the Security Conference the speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, nailed her anti-Chinese colours to the mast. Despite being a liberal on many issues and the leader of the fight to impeach President Donald Trump, she has joined forces with […]

Why the New Silk Roads are a ‘threat’ to the US bloc

Why the New Silk Roads are a ‘threat’ to the US bloc

Photo: Facebook/AsiaTimes The Middle East is the key to wide-ranging, economic, interlinked integration, and peace February 16, 2020 By Pepe Escobar Under the cascading roar of the 24/7 news cycle cum Twitter eruptions, it’s easy for most of the West, especially the US, to forget the basics about the interaction of Eurasia with its western […]

Economic growth is not the b-all and end-all in the Third World

Economic growth is not the b-all and end-all in the Third World

By Jonathan Power February 11, 2020 Do we know how to end poverty in the Third World? Do we know why some economies expand and others don’t? Not really. There is no clear formula for growth. The two Nobel economics prize winners of last year, the husband and wife team of Abhijit Banerjee and Esther […]

International justice versus Myanmar

International justice versus Myanmar

By Jonathan Power Januar 28, 2020 Let’s cut to the chase – there is no question, no doubt, that the government of Myanmar and the army which controls it have committed the most vile atrocities against the Rohingya people, a Muslim minority that lives in the West of the Buddhist-dominated country. The International Court of […]

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