Public Talk by the Honorable Anwar Ibrahim, Prime Minister of Malaysia: Super Power Rivalry and Rising Tensions in the Asia Pacific

YAB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, last visited Berkeley in 2009 to discuss Islam and democracy in East Asia. CSEAS, the Malaysian Student Association, and other co-sponsors are delighted and honored to welcome His Excellency back to campus for his public talk, “Super Power Rivalry and Rising Tensions in the Asia Pacific: The […]

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The 70th Anniversary of the ROK-US Alliance: Expanding Cooperation throughout the Indo-Pacific

Seventy years after the initial signing of the alliance agreement between the Republic of Korea and the US, and after Presidents Yoon Suk Yeol and Joe Biden this year committed to strengthening the relationship, what does partnership in the 2020s and beyond really mean? Amid a year of firsts—August’s first-ever trilateral summit between the Republic […]

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The death of US–China climate cooperation

|By Yuhan Zhang – Associate Director|

The alarm bells of the climate crisis have been ringing for years. There is an increasing consensus among climate scientists that it is indispensable to hold the increase in the global average temperature within 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. But as the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters, the United States and China have not […]

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Ideology, IoT Standard Setting, and Global Governance

Ideology has always informed policy. With the Internet of Things (IoT) poised to reshape economies the world over, core beliefs about the role of the state remain front and center, particularly with regards to the standard setting processes facilitating the connectivity crucial to IoT’s growth. The five highest spenders on IoT— the United States, China, […]

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China’s Carbon Commitment: Will a Commitment to Global Warming Stretch Around the Globe?

Amidst the novelty of world leaders working from home at the first-ever virtual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session in September, Chinese president Xi Jinping dominated headlines when he announced China’s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2060. In the official translation, Xi Jinping specifically pledged […]

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US-China Phase One Trade: a Seasonal Analysis

As part of the Phase One trade deal signed in January of 2020, China agreed to increase imports of certain manufactured, agricultural, and energy goods from the United States. These goods are outlined in Annex 6.1 of the Phase One trade deal, covering over $200 billion worth of goods in 2020 dollars if China were […]

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The US Strongarms the World and Gets Left Behind

    In any other year, the President of the United States declaring a key trade advisor the “Lobster King” would be a headline worthy of more than one double-take. In 2020, even this news seems commonplace. On Friday June 5th at an event with commercial fishermen, President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on […]

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More Than Just a Game: How the NBA’s Trouble in China Reflects a Different Culture War

You have likely heard this story before: A major American corporation, in its never-ending quest for new revenue and bigger profits, casts a hopeful eye toward China. With well over a billion people and a growing middle class, the math is straightforward. Sure, there is an authoritarian government that may need buddying up to, and […]

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Bloodless, Weaponless, Unwinnable: The U.S.-China Trade War

The U.S.-China trade war kicked off with the United States imposing a preliminary a 25% tariff on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods that would be followed by another 25% tariff on $16 billion worth of Chinese exports. China retaliated with a collective 25% tariff on $50 billion worth of U.S. goods, concentrated towards U.S. […]

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The U.S.-China Trade War: What’s Next?

The trade war between the United States and China has had a negative impact on both countries. Reports of China’s economy faltering, including a 3.1 percent decline in industrial profit, a staggering decrease of GDP growth from 6.6% in 2018 to 6.2%, the lowest reported growth in 29 years, and a 30 percent drop in […]

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The most notable three strongmen of today's world (Image Source: Daily Express

Romance of the Three Strongmen

After Donald Trump assumed office on the 20th of January, 2017, the three most dominant geopolitical powers, namely China, Russia and the US, are now all led by a strongman of clear characters. This has been particularly rare since the concluding years of the Cold War, and thus the interaction between the three powers – […]

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Australia is torn between China and the US (Image Source: Global Times

Australia and China in the Current Trump Era

In 1997, the Australian government’s foreign and trade policy white paper stated: “Australia has interests across the globe but its most important strategic and economic interests lie in the Asia Pacific.” This sets the orthodox thinking of Australia’s place in the world. Today, China is the largest trading partner of Australia, and […]

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