The Mideast: a laboratory for US-EU maritime cooperation with China?


While the US rebalances east to Asia, China marches west. Beijing’s project to build a “new silk road” connecting Asia and Europe is the most visible statement of its geostrategic interests. The success of the project, officially known as “One belt, one road” (OBOR), depends in large part on developments in the volatile Mideast.

How Europe can use the AIIB to influence China

When the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was taking shape on China’s initiative, many Western observers feared that the new institution would become a vehicle for China to further its own interests.

Twenty years after handover, Hong Kong struggles for its identity

Three months after Hong Kong’s handover in 1997, Hong Kong’s first Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa said, rather naively, “the Chinese in Hong Kong should be proud of being Chinese. I earnestly hope that our youths will develop a sense of patriotism and nationalism through familiarizing with the culture of our motherland.” Such hopes have been dashed. Today many Hong Kong citizens do not, and have no wish to, identify with the Chinese mainland.

Big Data reshapes China's approach to governance

When China’s Communists hold their 19th Party Congress in October, the choreography of the event will be as stiff as ever and broadcast the image of a rigid and unchanging political system. This image is wrong. With the help of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, the Chinese leadership is thoroughly reshaping its approach to economic and social governance. China’s determined pursuit of the digital transformation presents a fundamental challenge to democratic political systems.