Politics

Does Beijing’s Belligerent Birthday Party Herald a New Arms Race?
China, Politics

Does Beijing’s Belligerent Birthday Party Herald a New Arms Race?

Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer celebrating with barbecue and fireworks than with threatening to have my enemies’ “ heads bashed bloody .” Matthew Kroenig: Hi, Emma! I hope you had a happy Fourth of July. And the United States wasn’t the only major power celebrating a birthday this week. It was also the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Matthew Kroenig: Hi, Emma! I hope you had a happy Fourth of July. And the United States wasn’t the only major power celebrating a birthday this week. It was also the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer celebrating with barbecue and fireworks than with threatening to have my enemies’ “heads bashed bloody.” Emma Ashford: Yes, I do hope that metaphor sounds better in Chinese ...
China Is Worried About a Post-U.S. Afghanistan
China, Politics

China Is Worried About a Post-U.S. Afghanistan

But the idea that U.S. loss equals China’s gain is contradicted by China’s recent moves in Afghanistan. Since late May, the Chinese Embassy in Kabul and China’s Foreign Ministry have repeatedly urged Chinese citizens to leave Afghanistan. Beijing’s simultaneous criticism of the abrupt U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, as voiced by China’s ambassador to the U.N., Zhang Jun , and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, actually reveals a deep-rooted Chinese view that the sustained U.S. military presence in Afghanistan aided in securing Beijing’s interests there. The U.S. military exit from Afghanistan has predictably escalated internal turmoil and increased regional security concerns in neighboring countries like China. In the United States, though, there have been fears that China will ...
Why Do Analysts Keep Talking Nonsense About Chinese Words?
China, Politics

Why Do Analysts Keep Talking Nonsense About Chinese Words?

You quickly spot a friend on the other side of the room because you understand using a literal reading of a vocabulary item to explain the origins, evolution, and persistence of racism in the Anglosphere is completely ridiculous. Imagine that you are cornered at a party when the topic of race comes up. Your interlocutor tells you that, in the English language, “race” can refer to both a competition wherein one tries to outrun the others and a visually identifiable group of people sharing common ancestry. It is no wonder that racism has been such an intractable issue in the Anglosphere; the very word embodies a sense of competition among different peoples. Imagine that you are cornered at a party when the topic of race comes up. Your interlocutor tells you that, in the English language, “...
Kazakhstan’s Alternative Media Is Thriving—and in Danger
China, Environment, Politics

Kazakhstan’s Alternative Media Is Thriving—and in Danger

Today, Kazakhstan has only a handful of independent traditional media outlets left, which lack the ability to cover the country’s vibrant sociopolitical life, something that has thrived despite authoritarianism. The gap, however, is now being filled by alternative media: Scores of bloggers are using YouTube, Telegram, and Instagram to report on events and to contradict the narrative served by pro-government traditional media. Alternative journalism is blooming, raising questions about how far it can go before the Kazakh government pulls the plug. In Kazakhstan this week, the film director Oliver Stone presented his latest documentary , Qazaq: History of the Golden Man, an eight-hour hagiographic ode to the autocrat Nursultan Nazarbayev—a particularly grotesque move in a country where the ...
Chinese Communist Party Marks Centennial
China, Politics

Chinese Communist Party Marks Centennial

The highlights this week: The Chinese Communist Party celebrates 100 years since its founding, Hong Kong grapples with one year of the draconian national security law, and China builds a new nuclear launch site in Gansu. Welcome to Foreign Policy’s China Brief. The highlights this week: The Chinese Communist Party celebrates 100 years since its founding, Hong Kong grapples with one year of the draconian national security law, and China builds a new nuclear launch site in Gansu. If you would like to receive China Brief in your inbox every Wednesday, please sign up here. 100 Years of the CCP Thursday, July 1, marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)—at least the official anniversary. Like much about China’s history, the party’s actual founding da...
A Confused Biden Team Risks Losing Southeast Asia
China, Politics

A Confused Biden Team Risks Losing Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is an important front line in a new era of geopolitical competition between China and the United States. U.S. President Joe Biden took office with plenty of goodwill across the region. Its leaders hoped Biden would be less erratic than former U.S. President Donald Trump and more willing to commit time to economic and diplomatic engagement. Yet six months into Biden’s tenure, and that goodwill is ebbing away. In its place, a sense of disappointment is taking hold amid talk about a lack of U.S. focus and confused objectives. If Biden cannot soon find that focus again, Washington risks damage to its credibility in the region—and further creeping Chinese influence. May 25 was hardly a bravura day for U.S. diplomacy in Southeast Asia. Foreign ministers from the Association of So...
The Other Side of Angela Merkel
China, Human Rights, Politics

The Other Side of Angela Merkel

This summer, as the pandemic eases and Europe opens again for business and pleasure, the Merkel era will end. After her 16-year reign as Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel deserves admiration and praise on many counts. When she made history in the fall of 2005 as the first woman to be elected chancellor, unemployment stood at just over 11 percent, and Germany was widely disparaged as the “sick man of Europe.” Doctoral students on both sides of the Atlantic were writing dissertations trying to uncover the roots of Germany’s malaise and were asking what it was about the country that made it so hard to reform. Four Merkel cabinets later, German unemployment stands at 6 percent (and would be even lower if not for the pandemic), and no one doubts Germany’s political, financial, and economic le...
Sri Lanka asks Beijing embassy to educate Chinese company’s employees not to wear military-style uniform
China, Politics

Sri Lanka asks Beijing embassy to educate Chinese company’s employees not to wear military-style uniform

Colombo, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka asking Chinese employes who ae working in columbo to not to wear army style uniform. The matter was raised by Sri Lankan Defence Secretary General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne following the media reports that the employees of the Chinese company, dredging the Tissa Wewa in Tissamaharama, were seen in uniforms similar to those of soldiers in China's People's Liberation Army, Colombo Page reported. The private Chinese company has employed Chinese workers for an ongoing project to remove silt in the 'Tissawewa' tank in Tissamaharamaya town of Hambantota District, Southern Province. The Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Sri Lanka, following a query made by the Defense Secretary Gunaratne, has affirmed that the said employees are not members of the P...
Pakistan gives shelter to Afghan Taliban families: Minister
Politics, Religion

Pakistan gives shelter to Afghan Taliban families: Minister

Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister initially denied any presence of Afghan Talibani person in the country, but later he accepted and said that Afghsn Taliban’s family live in Pakistan. They use all the resources of the country, hospital facility and schools.    Earlier in the month Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in an interview with TOLOnews denied the presence of Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan, saying most of the group's leaders “are in Afghanistan” and when asked about the presence of Quetta and Peshawar Shuras, or councils, he denied the existence of such institutions in Pakistan and said he “has been hearing of these terms for now decades.”  Asked whether Taliban are "funded here in Pakistan," Qureshi said: “These are very--those many things th...
Pakistan: Flour mills worker’s protest might lead to flour crisis
Human Rights, Politics

Pakistan: Flour mills worker’s protest might lead to flour crisis

Karachi, Pakistan: The Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) has announced protest against the government. Pakistan government has introduced 3 taxes related to the flour mills which the association is against off. They have announced that the mill in all over country that they’ll stop production form June30, which might lead to flour crisis in the country country. "We will stop supplying flour from tomorrow and will stop operation from June 30. We have to resort to this protest due to unconcerned attitude of the government," said PFMA Sindh Zone Chairman Chaudhry Muhammad Yousuf on Tuesday, reported The Express Tribune. This comes after the federal government, in the recently passed Federal Budget 2020-21, proposed to abolish one per cent rebate on annual sales of flour mills; in...