Since the formation of the Chinese Communist party, the world has watched China evolve into the world power it is today. However, the rise in Chinese foreign investments indicates a weakening homeland where Chinese billionaires do not want to store their capital. Consequently, China is playing a deceiving game of economic protectionism masked by a rise in soft power. The fact that both the Chinese state and private sectors are seeking to move significant amounts of capital overseas as opposed to investing at home, however, is a reflection of perceptions of the condition of the domestic economy.
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September 10, 2013
The U.S.-Mexican relationship is at an important crossroads. Congress is debating the issue of immigration reform. New developments in the war on drugs have prompted questions about cooperation with Mexico. President Peña Nieto has adopted a plan for reform that provides the United States an opportunity to support its southern neighbor and solidify relations. At the same time, however, China is busy spreading its own influence in Mexico.
August 27, 2013
As a pariah state, threatened by much more powerful nations than itself and with weakening ties to its most important allies, North Korea has every reason to want nuclear weapons. The only threats strong enough to compel North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions are either military force or a crushing embargo from China.
August 22, 2013
Another African terror chief is possibly dead—now is not the time to back away from a continent that western nations have largely ignored, and seem to not want to remember. With the hopeful news of the death of Abubakar Shekau, the United States should continue to assist legitimate African Governments in their efforts to combat terrorism across Africa. A continued offensive on behalf of the United States and its African allies would help to contain the spread of terrorism to a few isolated patches in the Middle East, as well as help the US in its larger strategic goals.
August 7, 2013
Despite the unprecedented level of violence in North Korea’s recent rhetoric and actions, a close look at these actions suggest that rather than signaling a new aggressive policy, they follow North Korea’s time honored practice of increasing tensions to extract concessions. North Korea’s unwillingness to take action that will definitely lead to a military response suggests that at present it is uninterested in sparking a major military conflict.