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Chinese Loans: A Low Conditionality Trap?

October 28, 2018

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Written by Andrew Allen Chinese low conditionality approach to infrastructure loans in Africa has been billed as a great opportunity for developing nations in the region to achieve economic development and growth that would otherwise not be possible. However, despite representing what one Ugandan economist described as an “unrivalled willingness to avail unconditional capital to […]

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China’s Economic Advances in Africa

October 13, 2018

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Written by Andrew Allen Background During much of the 20th century, Sino-African economic relations were a minor feature of Chinese foreign policy. In the 1960s, China encouraged a small amount of investment and trade between the two regions to promote solidarity among “Third World” nations (Muekalia, 2004). However, following a quarter century of economic growth […]

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Developing a Chinese Counterterrorism Strategy

June 25, 2014

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In April, President Xi Jinping visited the Uyghur Autonomous Region and spoke specifically on the issue of combating terrorism. China has recently developed a new National Security Commission to deal with “unconventional security”. Given the escalating situation in various autonomous regions, the likelihood that China will develop a broader official counterterrorism program under the new commission is high. XinJiang Autonomous Region stages some of China’s most violent separatist movements, the most violent of which being considered as developing terrorist-threats. This new commission and subsequent program could be a major opportunity for the U.S. to deal directly with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the police force. In previous attempts to foster greater cooperation, the military has been the most difficult point to reconcile.

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China’s Human Rights Violations and its Consequences

July 1, 2013

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With the human rights violations in China escalating, human rights lawyers have become prominent targets for the communist party backlash. Many prominent lawyers, party members, and citizens stand as victims of party violence and control. Outdated practices largely established by Mao Zedong during the Cultural Revolution no longer maintain control, but rather create discord within the State. An analysis of increasing human rights violations highlights the forecast of instability within China and its effect on the region both politically and economically.

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Failures of the New START

November 20, 2012

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On April 8th, 2010 President Barack Obama signed a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russian Federation Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The treaty is called “New START”: START for Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, and ‘New’ because this treaty is an updated version of previous nuclear arms reduction treaties between the United States and Russia. The United […]

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