The Quad expands beyond naval military exercises — and China watches

Over the years, the Quad has been incorrectly called an “Asian NATO,” especially when it comes to security concerns about another big power in the region – China. The Quad, or the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, comprises four big, democratic economies: the United States, Japan, India and Australia. Over the years, the Quad has been incorrectly … Read more

China’s Xi says Hong Kong is moving ‘from chaos to governance’

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Hong Kong’s new Chief Executive John Lee at the swearing-in ceremony on July 1, 2022. Xi, in his first trip outside the mainland since Covid struck, presided over the ceremony. Justin Chin | Bloomberg | Getty Images BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday laid out a future for … Read more

China’s Xi arrives in Hong Kong in first trip off mainland since pandemic

China’s President Xi Jinping, pictured on the left, looks at Hong Kong’s outgoing Chief Executive Carrie Lam as he prepares to speak following his arrival in Hong Kong on June 30, 2022, for celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from Britain to China . Selim Chtayti | Afp | Getty Images BEIJING … Read more

New G-7 infrastructure plan offers alternative to China Belt & Road

The Group of 7 has announced a new infrastructure funding program that could rival China’s Belt and Road Initiative. One expert says the G-7’s plan offers hope to developing countries but it remains to be seen whether it can match the BRI. On Sunday, the US and the other members of the G-7 including Canada, … Read more

Recession, currencies, oil, Russian debt

A man walks past the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), operated by Japan Exchange Group Inc. (JPX), in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Toru Hanai | Bloomberg via Getty Images SINGAPORE – Shares in the Asia-Pacific are poised to trade mixed on Monday as investors assess inflation and recession fears. The Nikkei futures contract … Read more

The EU’s rewiring due to the war in Ukraine is game-changing, if it doesn’t short-circuit before the job is done

Europe has been rewiring itself in impressive ways in the five months since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine. The coming weeks will show whether that work of building a more resolute European Union for a future of new security challenges will continue. Or, instead, will the rewiring short-circuit before the job … Read more

China’s Xi vows ‘more forceful’ tools to achieve economic goals

China is hosting the annual BRICS summit virtually this year. Pictured here is Chinese President Xi Jinping speaking via video at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, US, on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping made a rare statement Wednesday about his country’s … Read more

Why China’s Xi Jinping’s damage control is all about heading off a crisis

For President Xi Jinping, dispatching his special envoy to Europe for a three-week charm tour was just one of many acts of high-stakes damage control ahead of the 20th Chinese Communist Party Congress this autumn. Xi’s economy is dangerously slowing, financing for his Belt and Road Initiative has tanked, his Zero Covid policy is flailing, … Read more

China’s Xi says trade with Russia to hit new records in coming months

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke Friday via video at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum’s plenary session, which Russian President Vladimir Putin opened with a speech over an hour long. This picture is from Putin’s visit to Beijing in early February 2022. Alexei Druzhinin | AFP | Getty Images BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping … Read more