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Vladimir Odintsov. China’s Population Issue

Over the past centuries, there have been various assessments of changes in fertility and the impact of this factor on the state structure and social processes. In the 18th century, a British demographer Thomas Malthus argued that population growth would eventually lead to starvation, disease, death and, by extension, population decline. This perspective has been […]

Petr Konovalov – Sino-Russian Military Cooperation as a Security Guarantee

Russia and China are two powerful countries, and their relations are essential for the entire world. Despite some hiccups and incidents between the two powers that took place in the second half of the 20th century, Russia and China have been engaged in close and fruitful cooperation in various fields, including defense, for several decades. […]

Konstantin Asmolov. What is Behind the “Persecution of K-pop” in China?

According to South Korean media reports of January 6, the Chinese Hunan TV and Mango TV streaming platforms began airing a South Korean drama Saimdang, Memoir of Colors, on January 4, 2022. The National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) approved the series six years ago. On the other hand, Beijing was displeased with South Korea’s […]

Brian Berletic. From Summits to Boycotts – America’s Waning Influence

In recent months the US has attempted to flex its geopolitical might on the global stage in regards to China. First, the US attempted to trigger a widespread diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympic games. After announcing no US diplomats would attend the games in Beijing, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada followed. New […]

Vladimir Platov – Diplomatic Boycott of the Beijing Olympics is Washington’s Self-inflicted Wound

The confrontation with China taken by Washington in recent years is being pursued not only on the economic front, with numerous sanctions against Chinese companies, but in politics as well, with the US creating various anti-Chinese blocs, such as AUKUS, provoking Taiwanese separatism, launching an information campaign criticizing alleged human rights violations in the Xinjiang […]

Konstantin Asmolov. “War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea” in China’s Most Expensive Film

In the fall of 2021, the center-left pro-government South Korean newspaper Hankyore published an article titled Why South Korea Should Fear China’s Renewed Interest in the Korean War on a Chinese blockbuster film, The Battle of Chosin Reservoir, about the actions of Chinese volunteers in the winter of 1950. Directed by cult director Chen Kaige […]

Brian Berletic. The US Fights Asia, Not Just China

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken cut short his tour of Southeast Asia due to concerns over COVID-19, the New York Times would report. The aborted trip comes at a time when the US finds itself struggling for relevance in a region it had once held considerably more sway over. This most recent turn for […]

Valery Kulikov. A Recent Case in Point of What anti-Chinese Sanctions Could Bring

“One gets an impression that the West has lost a culture of political dialogue. The partners have forgotten how to address problems in a civilized manner,” said Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Pankin on December 8. Pankin explained that the West most often responds to any decision that does not conform to […]

Petr Konovalov. USA-South Korean Military Cooperation and the Sino-US Standoff

As the year 2021 comes to a close, the global Sino-American conflict continues, which could radically change our attitude as to how we see the world today. Media reports on the current events do not often mention one of its important world players, the Republic of Korea (or South Korea). After all, most people associate […]

Konstantin Asmolov. Roh Tae-woo’s Death and the Public Reaction

On October 26, in the 89th year of his life, the former President of South Korea Roh Tae-woo passed away, leaving an ambivalent mark in the history of South Korea.  He was, on the one hand, Chun Doo-hwan’s first associate in the 1979 military coup, later convicted of corruption and other crimes; on the other, […]