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Today the United States is truly the central state (zhongguo) of the global system. China has a name for that too: tianxia (“all under heaven”). The US dollar is not merely the currency of the central state. It is the currency of the American tianxia. READ MORE

December 29, 2016

Despite the internationalization of the yuan, the US dollar remains China’s currency of choice. READ MORE

December 25, 2016

Chinese commentators are fond of calling the United States a bully, but bullies do not behave in a calm, orderly manner, obeying the rule of law. READ MORE

December 19, 2016

Normalizing Taiwan’s status as a de facto, rather than a de jure, state may chafe Taiwan hawks who advocate for the island’s recognition as a sovereign nation, but if Taiwan embraces a more modest identity of its own, the world may eventually come around to supporting it. READ MORE

December 11, 2016

Poland doesn’t have to embrace a position at the bottom of Europe’s value chain — and the class warfare that comes from such a position. It can move up the chain by raising wages. And it can pull Ukraine along with it. READ MORE

December 5, 2016

Now that he is headed for the Oval Office, Trump will have to make some difficult choices regarding which campaign promises to keep and how to keep them. READ MORE

November 16, 2016

It’s hard to find anyone with any kind of official title who will speak on the record in favor of Trump. But nearly half of the American population says they’re going to vote for him, and he could still win the race. READ MORE

October 28, 2016

Leaders from the five BRICS countries met in Goa, India on October 15 and 16. Little covered in the West, the summit was big news in the BRICS countries themselves, most of all in the host country. India’s prime minister Narendra Modi took advantage of the BRICS podium to label neighboring Pakistan the “mother ship […] READ MORE

October 25, 2016