US should stop blocking China’s AIIB and join allies in new club

Written by Martin Edwards and Katayon Qahir. China’s growing economic clout is complicating US efforts to maintain its grip on the world’s leading multilateral economic institutions – as it’s done since the end of World War II. The creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), established last year by China and many other Asian …

Making bilateral relations newsworthy – China’s impossible challenge?

Written by Vivien Marsh. There are few phrases more likely to strike dread into a western global journalist’s heart than “bilateral relations” and “expanding ties”. They portend a news story of excruciating dullness peopled by national leaders and diplomats in suits getting on and off planes. For western hacks accustomed to finessing catchy leads and …

China’s principle of intervention

Written by Miwa Hirono. Until the turn of the century, China’s response towards international conflicts had been based on the principle of non-intervention affirmed at the Bandung Conference in 1955. However, since the beginning of the 2000s, it seems China has begun to take mixed approaches to dealing with various international conflicts, ranging from a …

What does China’s new White Paper on Aid need to say?

Written by Philippa Brant. China is now one of the top 10 largest foreign aid donors in the world. Yet, much about its aid program is still shrouded in mystery. The release of the first white paper on China’s foreign aid in April 2011 was an important first step in China becoming more open about …