Afghanistan is at the crossroads of the “Heart of Asia”. Because of its geopolitical centrality, the country has been a focal point for invasion and wars. In the 1980s and early 1990s, Afghanistan was a proxy battleground for the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States. Since the 2000s, the country has captured international headlines for its domestic terrorism and instabilities. Beyond the headlines, in fact, Afghanistan security has emerged as one of the few areas of genuine bilateral cooperation in the often-fractious U.S.-China relationship. Following the 2014 withdrawal of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) combat...Read More
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The American government has been increasing the pressure on China to take greater action against North Korea’s missile test launches. North Korea has been in the process of developing and testing nuclear weapons for the past 14 years or so. This article aims to shed some light on the historical precedence for actions between the U.S., China, and North Korea today. Since 2016 many missile launches and tests have been conducted with various results. Despite condemnation from many nations, the volume and impact of the tests does not appear to be abating. The missile launches have gotten to such...Read More
May 26, 2017 | Global Collaboration |
Major Takeaways from the 2nd IMF-Atlanta Fed Research Workshop A collaborative effort between the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank (FRB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the 2nd Research Workshop on China’s Economy, was held in Atlanta last week from May 18th–19th. The Carter Center’s China Program had the opportunity to attend the research workshop and to benefit from the new insights that were shared by the presenters. This two-day, invitation-only conference brought together academics, FRB and IMF economists, and other experts to discuss eleven new research papers about China’s economy. The conference followed a familiar research workshop format, with...Read More
Mar 28, 2017 | Global Collaboration |
Has anyone looked at a map lately? The pace of Chinese infrastructure investment has been ramping up around the globe, and in 2015 alone China pledged to invest $60 billion USD into African infrastructure. China and Africa have long linkages, and the African bloc is often credited with securing China’s recognition internationally over Taiwan. Closer to its own boarders China has begun to embark on the ambitious endeavor to reconstruct the historic silk road through their One Belt One Road initiative, which can be divided into two parts The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road....Read More
Mar 27, 2017 | Global Collaboration |
On January 9, Jack Ma, founder and chairman of the Alibaba e-Commerce Group, travelled to Trump Tower in New York to meet with then-president-elect Donald Trump and discuss his strategy to create a million jobs in the United States. While Mr. Ma planned to enter the American market for a number of years, selling his market entry strategy as a job-creation mechanism corresponded well with Donald Trump’s presidential mission to create jobs in the United States. American observers approached this promise with skepticism. Market Watch warned, “don’t be fooled by the latest billionaire meeting at Trump tower… Alibaba won’t create one million...Read More
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SR: The Week’s China Reads
Every week, China Program’s Senior Advisor Dr. Robert A. Kapp compiles a reading list and provides commentary, for you to better understand China.
Robert A. Kapp is senior advisor to the China Program at the Carter Center. He has been principal of Robert A. Kapp and Associates, a business consulting firm, since 2004. From 1994 through 2004 he served as President of the United States-China Business Council…