Category: China

THAAD: A Tale of Four Countries

Amidst western cacophony surrounding the rise of a new radical right in European elections, a new U.S. travel ban, and the unveiling of Republicans’ now-defeated bill to repeal Obamacare, on March 6, 2017, two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)…

Hong Kong 2017 Chief Executive Elections: A Dwindling Promise for Universal Suffrage?

Hong Kong’s chief executive elections, one of the city’s most anticipated political events, are scheduled to take place shortly on March 26 2017. Recently, several influential figures have been vying to secure nominations in order to formally qualify as candidates…

The Rise of Reactionaries: An End to Ideological Politics?

Seventeen years ago, the twenty-first century was given a rousing reception, seen as the harbinger of hopeful times in the West after the fall of the Soviet Union. Since then, unrelenting reference has been made to the implications of the…

Chinese Global Ambitions After the US Election

Global uncertainty has reached exceptional levels following the election of Donald Trump as president of the world’s most powerful country. He has promised a withdrawal from multilateral trade institutions and partnerships like NAFTA or WTO, denounced European free-riding on US military contributions…

Iran’s “Silk Road” to Recovery

In response to the recent U.S. House of Representatives’ vote to extend American sanctions on Iran for 10 more years, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei stated that Iran would retaliate if the legislation, known as the Iran Sanctions Extension Act…

The Precarious Position of Hong Kong’s Sovereignty

On October 12, two young legislators from Hong Kong, Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching, used their Legislative Council oath-taking ceremony as an opportunity to denounce China and promote their pro-independent Hong Kong sentiments. During the mandatory ceremony before sitting on…