The chances of the U.S. entering into a military conflict with China have increased in the past six years, and the stakes are higher than ever, according to a new report by the RAND Corporation. The California-based think tank, which...
Beijing enforces some U.N. sanctions, but Chinese business still helps to preserve North Korea’s government. In Donald Trump’s struggles to confront the escalating threat of North Korea’s nuclear program, one factor has always loomed large: China. Trump believes Beijing, Pyongyang’s chief...
China’s master strategists are making sure the latest United Nations sanctions cannot extinguish the menace that North Korea poses to world peace. Last week, Beijing again manipulated the UN into diluting sanctions so they won’t seriously impede North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons capable...
Less than two years after its founding on Sept. 9, 1948, North Korea invaded South Korea, starting a war in which tens of thousands of China’s soldiers died fighting on the side of its communist neighbor. In the decades since the...
After each North Korean provocation, a soothing mantra echoes through the halls of government and think-tanks in the United States. China, it is frequently said, could solve this seemingly unsolvable problem, finally reining in North Korea, if Beijing were just...
In the aftermath of the Cold War, the Soviet “Evil Empire” appeared to be more myth than reality—a public relations stunt perpetrated by USSR leadership to appear strong. In fact, the pace of Soviet expenditure on its military, at...
On Friday afternoon, the eve of North Korea’s most powerful ever nuclear test, China’s football-loving president received a gift from the world’s greatest ever player. “Good luck,” read the handwritten message from Pelé on a canary yellow Brazil jersey handed to...
Donald Trump huddled with his national security advisers on Sunday to try to decide on a response to North Korea’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test. Pyongyang said it had detonated a hydrogen bomb, using nuclear fusion as well as fission, and...
“China is prepared to keep the peace on the Korean peninsula—whether the White House likes it or not.” As President Donald Trump trades threats with North Korea, China is staying idle. Through assertive military exercises and statements, Beijing has warned...
The fast development of China’s capacity to project power overseas has raised serious concerns and anxiety in Southeast Asia. Virtually all countries in the region were once in the hands of imperialist powers and went through brutal struggles for...
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Chinese influence is more than just ‘soft power’ and we need...

On a warm Sunday summer evening a few years ago, two officials from the Chinese consulate in Sydney travelled to Melbourne to send a...

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