Today, celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) are being held in Beijing.
With about two weeks to go before Iran's presidential election, many observers believe that the outcome is already evident. Of the seven qualified candidates running in the election, five belong to the hardline or conservative camps opposed to incumbent President Hassan Rouhani.
President Biden, with a strong foreign policy portfolio and a meager record on domestic policy during his half century-long career as a public servant, seems more eager to capitalize on his art of global diplomacy and reclaim US leadership based on securing American dominance in the Indo-Pacific than putting his own house in order. One is left with the impression that he has been brushing many domestic problems aside in a rush to push and grab the gavel of global leadership, which Trump abandoned.
The coronavirus pandemic that has rocked China since December 2019 has posed a gruelling test for the resilience of the country’s national economy. Now, as China emerges from its Covid-induced "recession", it feels like the worst is behind it. How did China manage to come out almost unscathed from the worst crisis in over a century?
This Report examines how China designed and implemented its post-Covid recovery strategy, focussing on both the internal and external challenges the country had to face over the short- and medium-run.
Two years after their outbreak, the 2019 Hong Kong protests call for enquiry into a new season for social movements behaviour. In addition to being one of the largest and longest sustained episodes of protests challenging authoritarian rule in the 21st century, the movement may set an interesting precedent for anti-authoritarian movements elsewhere, as it appealed to the potential of digitally enabled communication to nurture a sense of community based on collective, horizontal, and participatory decision-making.
Seventeen elements in the periodic table – the so-called “rare earths” – play a major role in the calculations and strategies of various nations. In many ways, rare earths are the vitamins of industrial society in the 21st century: they are vital to key products from hi-tech items (smartphones and monitors) to energy conversion systems (wind turbines, photovoltaic panels and electrical machinery) and even military equipment (lasers and radar). The difficulties involved in replacing them with alternative materials make rare earths uniquely strategic resources.
Semiconductors are the strategic industry of the 21st Century. They are the foundation of economic and military power. Future industries will be based on the ability to use semiconductors and software to create new goods and services. Semiconductors are also one of the most highly advanced technologies, operating at the edge of physics and material sciences, and the product of a complex, distributed supply chain centered on the Pacific Rim.
China is widely recognised as a global leader in clean-energy technologies, controlling over 60 percent of global manufacturing in every step of the solar supply chain and being home to five of the world’s top 10 wind turbine manufacturers. It leads the world in lithium-ion batteries, bio-power, hydropower, solar water heating, and geothermal heat output.
In mid-March, Kyrgyzstan received 150,000 free doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine. The country became the first one in Central Asia not to begin its national vaccination campaign with Russia’s Sputnik V, although Uzbekistan had already beaten Bishkek in approving a Chinese vaccine at the beginning of the same month.
The US-China tech race is fueling a strategic contest over which country will set the standards and norms of digital governance. From 5G, AI, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, and robotics to aviation, agriculture, biotech, clean tech, and satellite navigation, technology innovation is accelerating global competition. However, this requires international cooperation, too.
China’s reaction to the military coup in Myanmar has been as pragmatic as it could be expected. The multiple and often conflictual layers composing its bilateral relations with the Southeast Asian neighbor are certainly a factor explaining its cautious, uncommitting pronouncements following the coup.
In February 2021, President Xi announced that China had won the war against extreme poverty, lifting 100 million Chinese people out of poverty. Since gaining power in 2012-13, Xi had included anti-poverty objectives among China’s three “tough battles,” alongside risk prevention and pollution control.