Category: News of the Week

Why is the U.S. Pushing China to Curb North Korea?

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...

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As Trump Bets on China’s Help on North Korea, Aides Ask: Is It Worth It?

WASHINGTON — There is no foreign leader on whom President Trump has placed a bigger bet than Xi Jinping of China. Mr. Trump’s gamble was based on his calculation that Mr. Xi, the Chinese president, could put heavy pressure on North Korea to curb its nuclear weapons and missile programs. To secure Mr. Xi’s cooperation, the president soft-pedaled his harsh stance on China’s trade practices, and has said little about its adventurism in the South China Sea. But a growing number of Mr. Trump’s aides fear that the bet is not paying off. China has not significantly tightened the...

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America’s Wavering Commitments to the Environment, NATO, and Free Trade: A Future Under China?

America’s Withdrawal From the International Scene and China’s Increasing Leadership Despite facing pressures from Pope Francis to German Chancellor Angela Merkel to keep the United States in the Paris Climate Accord during the 43rd G7 Summit last weekend, President Trump has announced his decision to withdraw from the agreement. This decision is only one of several recent inward-looking international positions taken on by the Trump administration. During the May 24-25 NATO meeting in Brussels, Trump declined to affirm America’s commitment to Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, which outlines the principle of collective defense. Trump also accused NATO...

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Is the New Shanghai Communique on the Horizon?

On Monday March 13, 2017 Axios, a politico affiliate, first reported on plans for President Trump and President Xi Jingping to meet at the Mar-a-Lago estate on the sidelines of a Climate Change Summit in April. While sourcing around the claims remains unclear the story has been picked up by news outlets such as CNN, Fox News, and South China Morning Post. In response to these claims, official statements on either side of the pacific have neither yet confirmed nor denied, choosing instead to keep the plans visible but under wraps. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying was quoted...

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Laowai in Beijing Pens Rap Parodies About China

For something a little lighter, take a listen to Big Daddy Dough’s Beijing State of Mind. Andrew Dougherty, aka Big Daddy Dough, is an expat living in Beijing. Here, he started writing parody raps covering Chinese current affairs, and over several years his hobby has morphed into a 21-track album titled “The Redprint: Rhyme and Reason in the Riddle Kingdom”. The full album can be streamed and downloaded at Below is his cover Beijing State of Mind, based on Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind, in which he skilfully captures the idiosyncrasies and difficulties of life in Beijing, and all in...

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SR: The Week’s China Reads

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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…