Category Archives: china

Drug Use, HIV and a Harm Reduction Model in Northern China

North Korea and China have long had a strong, unique, bond since the creation of the PRC and the DPRK, starting with Korean volunteers fighting with communist forces during the Chinese Civil War and becoming even stronger after the CCP … Continue reading

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Decoding CCP Catchphrases

With Chinese President Xi Jinping coming to the United States for a visit later this month, I am sure that some of these stock CCP catchphrases will be used. I will be adding new phrases and meanings as I think … Continue reading

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U.S.-China: Mutually Assured Economic Destruction?

My new article is out on the Diplomat today In 1910, Englishman Norman Angell wrote the bookThe Great Illusion to address the myth that nations could economically benefit from war. At the time that Angell was writing, popular and elite … Continue reading

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China’s Grand Strategy

China is a large country with more than a billion people, but as Ross Terrill observed, when we ask what China wants, we are really attempting to discern the goals of the nine male engineers that make up the Standing … Continue reading

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Robert Gilpin, Hegemonic Transition and China

Robert Gilpin and Thucydides both wrote about the problems of hegemonic transition, however, unlike Thucydides, Gilpin’s work presents a systematic theory instead of a historical account. Gilpin wrote his book War and Change in World Politics in 1981 during the … Continue reading

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Norman Angell- Can Economic Interdependence stop U.S.-China Conflict?

In 1910, Englishman Norman Angell wrote the book The Great Illusion to address the myth that nations could economically benefit from war. At the time that Angell was writing, popular and elite opinion assumed that a nation’s political power determined … Continue reading

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The real Thucydides’ trap

Thucydides was an Athenian General and historian who chronicled the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens that occurred from 431to 404 BC. Thucydides work is a classic book about the perils of hegemonic transition and great powers war. Thucydides explained … Continue reading

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HIV/AIDS in China: Yunnan Case Study

The first reported case of HIV in China was in Yunnan province in 1985 and had the highest rate of HIV infections in China from 1989-2004.[i] Yunnan province is in South West China and borders Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam region … Continue reading

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Sun Tzu and the Art of Soft Power

My new article is up at the Diplomat. In China, there has been a trend recently to use Sun Tzu and The Art of War as a source of soft power for China’s peaceful development strategy. This trend is present … Continue reading

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