How does one think the unthinkable? What could lead to war in Asia? Who would win? Is there even such a thing as winning? These questions are urgently being thrashed out in think tanks all around the world. Retired US Admiral...
In his 2018 book The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities, international relations scholar John Mearsheimer argues that many of America’s post–cold war foreign policy failures have ultimately been the result of a misguided strategy of a pursuit of “liberal...
The Hong Kong protests have entered a fifth month, a longevity that might have been hard to predict at the outset. The protests were sparked in reaction to an extradition bill that protesters feared would mean turning over dissidents...
It was a tough week for U.S. companies doing business in China. Tiffany canceled an ad campaign because the model had a hand over her right eye, prompting critics in China to complain it looked like she was supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong...
Months of protests in Hong Kong have pitted residents of all ages and backgrounds against their police force, local government, and the Chinese Communist Party, and there is no question of who is less powerful. Yet in a parallel battle...
On September 26 last year, China passed a milestone that was barely mentioned and certainly not celebrated. The People’s Republic had on that Wednesday in autumn outlived its one-time ally and patron, the Soviet Union. It was an achievement that showcased...
In Hong Kong, China’s leaders are confronted by an old truth, familiar to more securely established governments, that with power comes responsibility. There is no doubt Beijing has the brute strength to crush pro-democracy protests in Britain’s former colony. Equally,...
With the onset of China’s economic reforms in the late 1970s, a widespread belief took hold in the United States and throughout the Western world that establishing robust economic relations with the “new China” would lead to gradual political...
When protesters in Hong Kong targeted the Chinese government's headquarters in the city, social media users in China were united in outrage. "The dignity of our motherland won't be allowed to be trampled," one person wrote on Weibo, the country's highly-censored equivalent...
Hong Kong’s administration has backed down over the controversial extradition bill, but the canary in the coalmine of China’s tacit acceptance of democracy is already dead. Under China’s “one country, two systems” model, Hong Kong was given the guarantee that the...

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What’s behind China’s space programme expansion

China is a relative late-bloomer when it comes to the world of space exploration. But just 15 years after it first sent an astronaut into...

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