U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan: Domestic Pressures on U.S.-China Relations
The United Sates Department of Defense announced on January 6 the approval for a new agreement to sell arms to Taiwan including missiles and submarines. In response, on January 30 China suspended military exchanges with the U.S. and subsequently threatened with unprecedented sanctions against American defense companies. The relations between the U.S. and China is rapidly increasing at a time when China and the U.S. need to share broad common interests over international issues. These issues, among others, climate change, the financial crisis and nuclear standoffs with Iran and North Korea. Therefore, the worsening of their relationship, exacerbated by U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, could seriously damage their further partnerships as well as peace and stability, both regionally and globally.
Merkel’s China Legacy
Abstract Angela Merkel’s time as the Chancellor of Germany is soon coming to an end. An unofficial mainstay of the European Union, she leaves office having helped put in place […]
China and International Law: History, Theory, and Practice
Abstract The current contours of China’s economic growth and political influence have given rise to interests in and concerns about China’s global profile as well as its strategies of International […]
China and the EU: “Strategic Partners” No More
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The Philippines’ Reaction to Pompeo’s Interpretation of the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty
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Understanding North Korea’s Internal Strategy
In light of the recent, positive developments on the Korean Peninsula (chief among them the apparent 180-degree turnaround by Chairman Kim Jong Un on the issue of denuclearization) it is […]
Are China and the U.S. Heading for Open Confrontation?
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