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Zhang Xudong on Australia-China relations

Adam Ni Jun 9 “Avoiding a lose-lose situation: the immediate priority for China-Australia relations” Zhang Xudong, Research Fellow, Institute of Global Governance and Development, Tongji University, PhD in International Relations, Tsinghua University [ Click here  for the original article] Introduction and Translation by Adam Ni, edited by Yun Jiang Introduction I came across  Zhang’s article  a while back when scanning for Chinese analyses on Australia-China relations. His article appeared in the January 2021 issue of the  China Today  magazine, a publication owned by the China Foreign Languages Publishing Administration (aka China International Publishing Group), a key foreign-language publishing outlet of the CCP. Two things attracted me to this piece. First, the piece is short and clearly written. Second, Zhang makes an orthodoxy argument as to why the relationship has declined, and thus provides us with a useful baseline understanding of Chinese concerns. Zhang’s article provides

HOW LUKASHENKO INTERNATIONALISES THE BELARUSIAN CRISIS

09 JUN 2021 - 16:07 BACK TO ARCHIVE Author(s):   Jonathan Millins After more than ten months of political stalemate in Belarus following the disputed presidential election in August 2020, the international fallout from the forced landing of a Ryanair flight may have significant domestic repercussions for Belarus. President Alexander Lukashenko has elevated what was principally a domestic conflict to the international level, threatening the very independence of Belarus. The forced landing of a Ryanair flight on 23 May 2021, ordered by Belarus’ president Alexander Lukashenko to arrest journalist Roman Protasevich [1] , came after a period of ‘uneasy calm’ in the country,  following the protests surrounding the August 2020 presidential election . In the immediate weeks following the election, tens of thousands of people were turning out each week in cities all across Belarus to protest against the re-election of Lukashenko. The protestors were supported by strike action at some of the cou

China fights back against Western sanctions and blacklists

The United States and China took steps in the first days of June to extend the legal foundations of what is now an ever more formalized relationship of mutual mistrust. On June 3, US President Joe Biden signed an executive order that bars US investors from putting their money into stocks and bonds of 59 Chinese companies linked to the PRC’s “military-industrial complex” and its surveillance technology sector. The ban, effective on August 2, replaces and strengthens the Trump administration’s measures aimed at preventing US investments from supporting Chinese companies that undermine US security and values.  In addition to targeting a longer list of firms, many of which are subsidiaries of state-owned defense companies, the investment ban identifies the use of surveillance tech for domestic repression and human rights abuses in China as posing a threat to the United States. The E.O. also clarifies that the US Treasury, not the Department of Defense, will drive future designations.   The

The problem with the G7’s plan to rival China’s Belt and Road Initiative

A Western attempt to match China’s landmark infrastructure scheme lacks the funding and ambition of the original BY  JAMES CRABTREE LINTAO ZHANG/GETTY IMAGES Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, 2011 China’s geopolitical rivals have long struggled to launch a viable alternative to Beijing’s globe-spanning Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) for infrastructure. Now one further attempt looks set to be rolled out at this weekend’s  G7 meeting  – and most likely another failure too. Dubbed the “Clean Green Initiative”, the new plan is part of a package being unveiled as Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosts world leaders at the G7 meeting in Cornwall. Set against a backdrop of intensifying competition between China and the West, the plan appears to promise emerging nations a more sustainable alternative to Beijing’s largesse, and one with fewer strings attached. [see also:  China’s Covid cover-up? ] All this sounds promising. More than  100 emerging economies  

The Digital Silk Road and China’s Technology Influence in Southeast Asia

CFR .org China's President Xi Jinping is shown on a screen during the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, on November 23, 2020.  Aly Song/Reuters Blog Post  by  Guest Blogger for Asia Unbound June 10, 2021 1:55 pm (EST)         Dai Mochinaga is a senior researcher at the Keio Research Institute at SFC. China has expanded its influence over Southeast Asia's technological development through its Digital Silk Road (DSR) initiative, a newer part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This paper shows that China utilizes the DSR in Southeast Asia for several reasons.   First , the DSR helps implement Beijing's cyberspace principles and norms in other countries.   Second , it promotes Chinese investment in certain industries in Southeast Asia, and helps convince other countries to use technology standards common to Chinese firms.  Finally , Beijing exerts its influence over Southeast Asia, via the DSR, to help promote its models for data privacy a

Afghan retreat: why Pakistan must not agree to a US military base in Balochistan

A US base will be deeply unpopular in Pakistan and stress ties with its neighbours. Critically, it will produce a new generation of militants in Pakistan Abdul Basit Published:  1:00am, 11 Jun, 2021 As the US withdraws from Afghanistan, its demand for a  military base in Pakistan  to gather intelligence on groups such as al-Qaeda and Islamic State, and to execute radar surveillance counterterrorism operations on Afghanistan, has left Pakistan in a bind.   Though desperate to maintain its relevance to the US post-Afghanistan, Pakistan cannot afford to alienate China, its partner in the US$62 billion  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor . Also, Pakistan cannot afford to antagonise the Afghan Taliban.   After the media leaked news of secret military base negotiations, Washington said the talks are deadlocked, while Islamabad portrayed the impasse as a “no”.   Yet Pakistan has a history of covertly giving military bases to the US. It denied giving the Peshawar Badaber airbase to the US in the

US Military to host China ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ training event

By Lori M. Quiller, Air Force Culture and Language Center Outreach Team / Published June 09, 2021 PHOTO DETAILS    /     DOWNLOAD HI-RES   1 of 2 Lt. Col. Justin Settles, China Aerospace Studies Institute deputy director, presents a lecture at the China ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ training event June 8, 2021, at the Air University Teaching and Learning Center, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The Language Intensive Training Event, June 7-18, 2021, is for an elite group of Language Enabled Airmen Program scholars to take a closer look at China’s global economic and political objectives, as part of the Air Force chief of staff’s mandate to “Accelerate Change or Lose.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Melanie Rodgers Cox) PRINT  |  E-MAIL MAXWELL AIR FORCE, Ala. (AFNS) -- In keeping with Air Force Chief of Staff  Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. ’s mandate of " Accelerate Change or Lose ," the  Air Force Culture and Language Center  is co-hosting the “Belt and Road Initiative” training event June 7-18, at