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Power PLA: A New Chinese Village on the Bhutan-China Border

On January 5, 2021, Posted by , In Asia, By ,,, , With No Comments

By Haley Grizzell In November, Chinese media revealed shocking images of a new village built inside an area that has been disputed by China and Bhutan for decades. All this despite recent statements by Lotay Tsering, the prime minister of Bhutan, saying that negotiations over the Bhutan-China border had been…

Rethinking Resort Islands: American Efforts to Shore up Connections to the South China Sea

On December 6, 2020, Posted by , In Asia, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Rethinking Resort Islands: American Efforts to Shore up Connections to the South China Sea

By Haley Grizzell Since its independence from the United Kingdom in 1965, other countries have known the Republic of Maldives mostly as a honeymoon destination for Bollywood actors. However, the archipelago is now seeing renewed attention for a more strategic purpose. The sea surrounding the islands is the Laccadive Sea,…

Re-education or Genocide? Chinese Oppression of Xinjiang’s Uyghurs

By Hannah Pitt and Haley Grizzell Behind green barbed-wire fences sit rows of men and rows of women, segregated by gender. They have been stripped of any religious clothing and instead wear royal blue jumpsuits. Behind these fences, Uyghur Muslims go to have “their thoughts transformed.” China claims these camps are necessary…

Old Hands Turned New Hires – Chinese Espionage in the American Intelligence Community

On September 18, 2020, Posted by , In Asia,North America, By , , With 1 Comment

By Haley Grizzell The People’s Republic of China has been recruiting retired intelligence officers to leak classified information to the Chinese government. In just the latest part of uncovering this trend, the United States arrested Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, a former CIA officer, on August 14, 2020. In response to…

Rodrigo Duterte and the Erosion of American-ASEAN Ties

On August 15, 2020, Posted by , In Asia, With Comments Off on Rodrigo Duterte and the Erosion of American-ASEAN Ties

By Haley Grizzell Filipino policy has changed drastically in the last few years, with ramifications for Southeast Asian geopolitics. President Rodrigo Duterte has launched a campaign to break up “oligarchies” in the Philippines’ economy, stripped journalists critical of his policies of their licensing, and conceded to Chinese claims in the…