How China Outsmarted the Trump Administration

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While the U.S. is distracted, China is rewriting the rules of the global order.

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Lan Truong

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Back in may, when President Donald Trump called for America to stop funding the World Health Organization, he presented a list of the WHO’s recent failures: the organization’s initial failure to flag the spread of the novel coronavirus; its initial failure to follow up when Taiwan—a country excluded from the WHO because of Chinese objections—inquired about evidence that seemed to indicate that the virus could be transmitted from one human to another; its initial failure to press China to accept an international investigation into the source of the virus. At the beginning of the pandemic, the WHO, which operates as a specialized agency of the United Nations, seemed to be one beat behind. It also seemed overly reliant upon biased information provided by the government of China.

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Vast Chinese Loans Pose Risks to Developing World

The Colombo Port City project in Sri Lanka, seen here, was funded by $1.4 billion from China.

SP By Bartholomäus Grill, Michael Sauga and Bernhard Zand

July 04, 2019 11:03 AM

China is the largest creditor in the world, funding infrastructure projects in the developing world in exchange for access to raw materials. A new study shows that the risk of a new debt crisis is significant.

The future rail link cuts its way through the jungles of Laos for over 400 kilometers. Soon, trains will be rolling through — over bridges, through tunnels and across dams built just for the line, which runs from the Chinese border in the north to the Laotian capital of Vientiane on the Mekong River.  Tiếp tục đọc “Vast Chinese Loans Pose Risks to Developing World”

Sông Mêkông: Một Biển Đông mới trong tranh chấp Trung Quốc-ASEAN ?

media Ảnh minh họa : Một con kênh tại huyện Long Phú, tỉnh Sóc Trăng, châu thổ sông Mêkông cạn khô nước. Ảnh chụp ngày 08/03/2016. STR / AFP

Trong hai ngày 10-11/01/2018, hội nghị thượng đỉnh cơ chế Hợp Tác Lan Thương – Mêkông lần thứ 2 sẽ mở ra tại Phnom Penh, thủ đô Cam Bốt. Nhân dịp này, nhật báo Hồng Kông South China Morning Post, trong số ra ngày 03/01, đã phân tích thêm về cơ chế hợp tác do Trung Quốc chủ xướng, trên danh nghĩa là để góp phần giảm bớt căng thẳng đến từ các đề án trên sông Mêkông, nhưng đã bị các nhà bảo vệ môi sinh hết sức hoài nghi. Bài viết không ngần ngại đặt thành tựa câu hỏi : «Phải chăng sông Mêkông sắp trở thành một Biển Đông mới trong tranh chấp khu vực? Is Mekong River set to become the new South China Sea for regional disputes?».

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Commentary: Leadership in Asia, competition for a liberal world order

Beijing is determined to shape a global order in which its interests are respected because of its disproportionate power relative to its neighbours, says James R Keith.

What will a new global order look like, from China’s perspective? (Photo: AFP/Karim Jaafar)

WASHINGTON: The essential question of leadership in Asia comes into focus as we reflect on China’s ambitious aspirations enunciated at the 19th Communist Party Congress and on the heels of President Donald Trump’s long trek through Asia this month. Tiếp tục đọc “Commentary: Leadership in Asia, competition for a liberal world order”

Many watching to see what a ‘strong China’ means: PM Lee

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaking at the Economic Club of Washington during his US working visit. (Photo: AFP/Saul Loeb)


WASHINGTON: Chinese President Xi Jinping’s consolidation of his leadership position is a signal that this is the start of a new phase for China, according to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday (Oct 25).

Mr Lee, speaking at a dialogue session at the Council on Foreign Relations during his official working visit to the US, said: “They mentioned a new era; Mao’s era, Deng’s era and now Xi’s era – which he envisages extending to 2050 and taking China to 100 years after the revolution.” Tiếp tục đọc “Many watching to see what a ‘strong China’ means: PM Lee”

“Một vành đai, Một con đường:” Có gì trong đó cho ta?

English: “One Belt, One Road:” What’s in It For Us?

Ý kiến tại hội thảo của Viện nghiên cứu biển Trung Quốc

Cầu cao tốc Beipanjiang tại tỉnh Quý Châu, Trung Quốc (Ảnh: Glabb / trên trang Wikimedia Commons)

Alexander Đại đế là người được cho là đã tuyên bố: “người lo hậu cần là những kẻ không hề hài hước…họ hiểu rằng nếu chiến dịch của ta thất bại, chúng là những kẻ đầu tiên ta xử tử.” Alexander Đại đế là một trong những chiến lược gia đầu tiên hiểu được tầm quan trọng của việc kết nối và cũng là người đầu tiên chỉ ra rằng chẳng có gì đáng cười về điều này. Tốc độ và độ tin cậy của việc vận chuyển và các dạng liên lạc khác có ý nghĩa rất lớn đối với hiệu quả kinh tế cũng như đối với chiến tranh. Tiếp tục đọc ““Một vành đai, Một con đường:” Có gì trong đó cho ta?”

Asia-Pacific free trade talks progressing well: China

Yahoo! News 21 February 2017

Beijing, Feb 21 (IANS) China’s Trade Minister on Tuesday said talks on the proposed Asia-Pacific free trade agreement are progressing well, after the US withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement last month.

Gao Hucheng said at a news conference in Beijing that talks for setting up the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership — that would include 16 countries from the Asia-Pacific region — are progressing smoothly, and expressed confidence that they will be concluded soon after certain challenges were addressed, Efe news reported. Tiếp tục đọc “Asia-Pacific free trade talks progressing well: China”

Plan for $10 Billion Chip Plant Shows China’s Growing Pull

Sanjay Jha, the chief executive of GlobalFoundries. The company will build an advanced semiconductor factory in Chengdu, China. Credit Arno Burgi/European Pressphoto Agency

HONG KONG — After Intel and Foxconn said they would build advanced factories in America, it might have seemed as if the United States were gaining high-end manufacturing momentum.

But on Friday, the California-based chip maker GlobalFoundries announced a $10 billion project in China, showing how the center of gravity continues to shift across the Pacific.

The new advanced semiconductor factory, in the central Chinese city of Chengdu, is only the most recent in an array of investments, often by major multinationals, into China with the support of the Chinese government. The projects have become markedly more sophisticated, making more modern microchips, memory chips or flat-panel displays.

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Donald Trump is making China great again

The US president has dismayed the world; Xi Jinping has wooed it. This could be a huge win for Beijing

‘Xi Jinping reminded his audience of China’s contribution to global economic stability since the financial crisis, of an average of 30% of global growth each year.’
‘Xi Jinping reminded his audience of China’s contribution to global economic stability since the financial crisis, of an average of 30% of global growth each year.’ Photograph: POOL/Reuters

Two years ago, some European and US experts gathered to discuss China in an elegant English country house. The setting was seductive, but the mood was dark. Two years into Xi Jinping’s presidency, China’s politics were turning away from the liberalising trend of the previous three decades, towards a hard-edged nationalism that was discomfiting China’s immediate neighbours and their western allies.

China was getting more powerful but less friendly, squeezing foreign competition out of its internal markets, throwing its weight around the South China Sea, crushing internal dissent and enforcing loyalty to the regime. Tiếp tục đọc “Donald Trump is making China great again”

As Trump stresses ‘America First,’ China plays the world leader


Reuters Jan 29, 2017 Japan Times

China is calmly mapping out global leadership aspirations from trade to climate change, drawing distinctions between President Xi Jinping’s steady hand and new U.S. President Donald Trump, whose first days have been marked by media feuds and protests.

Just days ahead of Trump taking office, a self-assured Xi was in Switzerland as the keynote speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, offering a vigorous defense of globalization and signaling Beijing’s desire to play a bigger role on the world stage. Tiếp tục đọc “As Trump stresses ‘America First,’ China plays the world leader”