Geopolitics Watch: The CCP is Hijacking the ‘New Cold War’ Narrative

In July, a top CIA official observed at a security forum that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has long been fundamentally waging a “cold war by definition” against the United States. This new Cold War, however, is not like the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, the official said. Since the …

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Geopolitics Watch: Kim’s Outreach to Trump Bodes Well for North Korea Denuclearization

On Aug. 24, United States President Donald Trump announced a freeze in denuclearization talks with North Korea over what he felt was a lack of progress on the issue and the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) inadequate cooperation with sanctions. Since then, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Un has begun signaling …

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Geopolitics Watch: US Affirms Existential Nature of the CCP Threat

William Evanina, director of the United States National Counterintelligence and Security Center, spoke about the magnitude of the Chinese communist regime’s espionage threat to America in a Sept. 4 CBS News podcast. “With respect to the prioritization and right now, China is number one,” he said. “Existentially, long-term, they’re the largest threat to our national …

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Risk Watch: Hunan’s Financial Troubles Spark Mass Social Unrest

Mass protests over problems in the education system recently broke out in Leiyang, a city in the south-central Chinese province of Hunan. Earlier this year, we covered an incident where the Leiyang government delayed wage payments to civil servants owing to a lack of funds. Then, civil servants unfurled banners in the streets to protest …

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Geopolitics Watch: The CCP’s Propaganda War on Trump’s China Policy

The Trump administration signaled a shift in the United States policy on China from engagement to competition with the 2017 National Security Strategy. The passing of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (several provisions target the pernicious behavior of the People’s Republic of China while providing greater assistance to the Republic of China; see our …

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Politics Watch: Stricter Controls Over Society Signal Greater Crisis for the CCP

Since the outbreak of the Sino-U.S. trade war in July, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been controlling Chinese society with ever-increasing strictness. The CCP’s clamp down on religion and freedom of speech have been particularly severe, and it seems to be “maintaining stability” as though it is beleaguered. Based on our research and understanding …

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Geopolitics Watch: The Coming Ideological Turn in US Policy on China

On Aug. 24, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission published a report on the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) United Front work overseas and its challenges to the United States. The 39-page commission report, which draws mainly from secondary sources, gives a background of the CCP United Work Front Department and some of its associated …

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Geopolitics Watch: China is the Biggest Obstacle to Korea Peace and Denuclearization

On Aug. 24, President Donald Trump announced what could be a freeze in denuclearization talks between the United States, North Korea, and other parties. In a thread on Twitter, Trump wrote: “I have asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to go to North Korea, at this time, because I feel we are not making …

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Risk Watch: Skyrocketing Rents Signal a Deepening of China’s Economic Woes

Skyrocketing housing rental prices have become a hot topic in China recently. Property rental and sales companies have been accused of bidding up leases and inflating rent prices through various unscrupulous tactics. According to property search engine Fangtianxia, the annual rental price of housing in 17 popular Chinese cities rose by over 8 percent between …

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Geopolitics Watch: Is the PRC Isolating Taiwan, or is the PRC Being Isolated?

A sweep of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) moves against the Republic of China (ROC) this year suggests that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is stepping up efforts to isolate Taiwan. The United States’s shifting policy on China and Taiwan, however, indicates that it is the PRC, and not the ROC, that is at …

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