Politics Watch: After Sino-US Trade Talks, China Announces Plans to Open Up Telecom, Financial, Legal Services

On May 23, Chinese premier Li Keqiang presided over a State Council executive meeting where the prioritizing of service imports to China was on the agenda. According to the meeting resolution: 1. A “pilot program will be rolled out in 17 areas, including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020, …

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Geopolitics Watch: Why is North Korea Canceling South Korean Talks, Threatening Trump-Kim Summit?

On May 16, North Korean state media KCNA said that North Korea is suspending high-level talks with South Korea scheduled for the day in light of a joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea. KCNA claimed that the military drills, known as Max Thunder, was a “flagrant challenge” to the Panmunjom Declaration, …

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Politics Watch: Wang Qishan Gets New Foreign Affairs Role Amid Sino-US Trade Tensions

The Chinese Communist Party’s Foreign Affairs Commission held its first meeting on May 15. State media reported that Xi Jinping heads the new commission while Chinese premier Li Keqiang is deputy head. Chinese vice president Wang Qishan is the third-ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Commission. Politburo Standing Committee members Wang Huning and Han Zheng …

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Geopolitics Watch: Reading Trump’s ZTE Tweet, Sino-US Trade, and North Korea

President Donald Trump’s May 13 tweet about working with Chinese leader Xi Jinping to help ZTE find “a way to get back into business, fast” raised many eyebrows. (See our earlier article for more on the ZTE ban.) SinoInsider, however, has been anticipating a U.S. reprieve since the conclusion of the Sino-U.S. trade talks in …

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Geopolitics Watch: On Xi, Kim, Dalai Lama, North Korea, and the Sino-US Trade Talks

After trade discussions between China and the United States in Beijing concluded on May 4, several geopolitical developments have unfolded which further affirm our analysis of positive Sino-U.S. talks on trade. North Korea The backdrop: May 6: A North Korean foreign ministry spokesperson was quoted by state media as saying that Washington was “misleading public …

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Politics Watch: Subtle Signals of Sino-US Trade Progress Surface

On May 7, Chinese financial magazine Caixin carried an interview with new People’s Bank of China president Yi Gang. Yi said that China would persevere with its strategy of opening up financial markets, a decision based on national circumstances. He added that China’s opening up would continue regardless of trade tensions with the United States. …

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Politics Watch: More Signs of Good Progress on Sino-US Trade Talks

Most observers believe that that the Sino-U.S. trade discussions in Beijing from May 3 to May 4 did not pan out well for both sides and no deal was reached. There are also worries that an all-out trade war would come to pass. Based on our research, however, we believe that China and the U.S. …

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Geopolitics Watch: Behind Wang Yi’s Trip to North Korea

On May 2, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi visited Pyongyang for a two-day trip. He was greeted by North Korean vice-foreign minister Ri Kil Song at the airport. Observers expect Wang to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his visit. The backdrop: April 27: South Korean president Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un …

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Geopolitics Watch: Forecasting the Korean Peninsula Peace and Denuclearization Process

More details of the Korean Peninsula peace and denuclearization process have emerged since the inter-Korean summit on April 27. On April 29, South Korean officials said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un revealed at the inter-Korean meeting plans to make his previously announced closure of North Korea’s nuclear test site open to the international …

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Why We Predicted Coming Peace on the Korean Peninsula

By Don Tse and Larry Ong On April 27, the leaders of North and South Korea met at the demilitarized zone and signed a joint statement of “peace, prosperity and unification” of the Korean Peninsula. “South and North Korea confirmed the common goal of realizing, through complete denuclearization, a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula,” the statement read. …

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