A Childless Future: East Asia’s Fertility Crisis

Written by: Wenzhe Teng What do China, Japan, and South Korea have in common? Geographically, they are neighboring countries in East Asia. Culturally, their citizens share many common traditions; South Korea and China even have the same date for the Spring Festival, which is their New Year. Economically, the three countries were powerhouses known for…

How China Uses Its Fishing Fleet to Increase Its Own Power

Written by: Cooper Stewart As China continues to cement and expand its superpower status, a growing number of people believe China is on an inevitable path toward conflict with the U.S. and other Asian nations. That conflict is already here, at least in a naval sense, as the Indonesian navy fired upon and destroyed Chinese…

Africa: Made in China

Written by: McKenna Ross China and Africa are two areas of the world that are becoming more linked every day. This is largely because of China’s Belt and Road Initiative which has dramatically increased economic ties between the two. Only now is the world beginning to see the long term effects of China’s spreading influence…

China’s “Patriot” Plan to Strip Hong Kong’s Democracy

Written by: Harry Colvin China recently instituted the “patriot” plan as part of its reformation of Hong Kong’s electoral system. This plan is considered to be a reform that tightens China’s control over Hong Kong and reduces the independence of its democratic government.  In 1997, the British ceded control of Hong Kong back to China;…

King of Omniscience and Comrade Jianguo: Chinese Netizens’ Perception of Trump

Written by: Wenzhe Teng During his term, the former United States president Donald J. Trump demonstrated continuous hostility towards China and the Chinese communist government. On the 2016 campaign trail, Trump criticized China for “stealing” US jobs and promised to wage a trade war against China which he put into practice in 2018. Additionally, he…

To Preserve and Support

Written by: Nils Peterson As the United States continues to prioritize Asia in its foreign policy, Latin America enters an uncertain future marked by dim prospects for most of the population. Fears of an economic lost decade and dramatic upticks in inequality present severe challenges across the region. Chinese fishing fleets near the Galapagos Islands…

China as the New World Hegemon?

Written by: Gabrielle Toonen As China strives to reach the goal of expanding its empire and power, Americans ask themselves if they should worry. The answer: Yes. In the last two decades, China’s rise to power, starting with their entrance into the World Trade Organization in 2001, began slowly but has escalated into a severe…

Global Health Crisis & Politics: Should Taiwan be included in WHO?

Written by: Juilin Lu Over the past few decades, conflict between mainland China and Taiwan has been over represented in international organizations. After replacing Taiwan in the United Nations Security Council in 1971, the People’s Republic of China  began to take over Taiwan’s place in other international organizations as well. When current President Tsai Ing-wen…