China / Economy / Energy / Environment / Politics / Trade

China and Latin America: forging new economic ties in United States backyard.

China experienced explosive economic growth in the past few decades that helped it rise to the position of the second-largest economy in the world. It now aims to transform itself from a regional to a global hegemon, effectively challenging the US in its backyard, Latin America. The country’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) facilitated its … Continue reading

Potential Benefits and Costs of US Backed Nuclear Power Plants Abroad
China / Energy / Environment / Foreign Policy / National Security

Potential Benefits and Costs of US Backed Nuclear Power Plants Abroad

Last month the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) announced its reversal of a legacy policy that banned the financing of nuclear power projects abroad[1]. The decision, currently in the public notice and comment period, was lauded as a victory by the energy, environmental, and national security spheres[2][3] but raises several concerns around carbon emissions, … Continue reading

China / Economy / Politics / Tariffs / Trade

Trump States Will Be Hit by Chinese Pork Tariffs

Yesterday, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce imposed retaliatory tariffs on 128 U.S. products totaling $3 billion “in order to safeguard China’s interests and balance the losses caused by the U.S.” The tariffs, initially threatened in March, are the Chinese response to the Section 232 measures on steel and aluminum imposed by President Trump earlier that … Continue reading

Hold My Beer: Aluminum and National Security
China / National Security / Politics / Trade

Hold My Beer: Aluminum and National Security

Background Beer is good , beer is american. To protect the interests of beer drinkers and beer producers everywhere, primary aluminum must be excluded from the Section 232 investigation, otherwise it risks endangering the business of local brewers, packagers, and raises prices for consumers. On April 26, 2017 Department of Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, initiated … Continue reading

How Does China Define Labor Relations in Rising Car-Hailing Services?
China / Labor Force / Politics

How Does China Define Labor Relations in Rising Car-Hailing Services?

On June 28, the Chinese Ministry of Transportation issued a new regulation declaring that online car-hailing services in China can operate lawfully, which took effect on Nov. 1. In China, strict governmental rules repeatedly trip up local and foreign internet companies. Before this new regulation, local governments in major cities restricted the registration and use … Continue reading

Clinton’s Secretary of State Shortlist Reveals Her Foreign Policy
Central Asia / China / Dpt. of State / Europe / Europe / Foreign Policy / Iran / Middle East / National Security / Presidential Race 2016 / Russia / Sanctions

Clinton’s Secretary of State Shortlist Reveals Her Foreign Policy

  The Clinton transition team recently leaked its shortlist for Secretary of State. While media attention has solely focused on Vice President Joe Biden’s appearance on the list, the rest of the list reveals what a potential Clinton administration’s foreign policy might entail. Based on her shortlist, Clinton has Russian aggression and European stability on … Continue reading

Why America Cares about “China’s” Sea
China / Foreign Policy / National Security

Why America Cares about “China’s” Sea

China has been building artificial islands near the Spratly Islands for years in an attempt to claim territorial sovereignty over the contested area. If the U.S. does not challenge these claims of sovereignty, then it could open the door for China to assert that all shipping passing through the South China Sea requires their approval. Continue reading

Reducing the Trade Deficit with China: Repealing the Crude Oil Export Ban
China / Energy / Politics

Reducing the Trade Deficit with China: Repealing the Crude Oil Export Ban

With much of the current energy conversation surrounding the Keystone XL Pipeline, many Americans have forgotten, or may not even know, about another energy issue that might just be more important: the crude oil export ban. Since the 1970’s, the U.S. government has prohibited U.S. oil producers to export crude oil internationally in order to … Continue reading