The Belt and Sino-European Relations


In the previous post, Silk Road- Alternative Governance, we stated that “some experts claim there is a deeper and more competitive objective of modern ‘Silk Road’. They claim that the initiative is a Chinese grand strategy towards Europe, Asia, and Africa…” The Silk Road Initiative (The Belt) is a currently vague but evolving, long-term vision of China for Eurasian infrastructural improvement...

Silk Road- Alternative Governance?


Arguably, the essence of the “Silk Road Economic Belt” is to provide an equal consideration to both the East and the West, considering equivalently the North and the South, finding an equilibrium for the land and the sea, and linking domestic with cross-border.  This is the novelty and priority of China’s peripheral diplomacy and a strategic support and deliberate guarantee of the “China Dream”...

The Fraught Politics of the TPP


This month, 12 countries on both sides of the Pacific finalized the historic Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. The scope of the TPP is vast. If ratified and implemented, it will have a monumental impact on trade and capital flows along the Pacific Rim. Indeed, it will contribute to the ongoing transformation of the international order. Unfortunately, whether this will happen remains...