China and the Persian Gulf in the Aftermath of a U.S. Withdrawal

China and the Persian Gulf in the Aftermath of a U.S. Withdrawal

Executive Summary • Given longstanding U.S. economic ties to the Arab Gulf states, the withdrawal of the U.S. military would not mean the United States is departing from the region. Even if it did signify that, however, China would be unlikely to fill the vacuum. A U.S. decision to maintain a military presence in the…

The Atlantic Has It All Wrong About China, The US, and West Asia

The Atlantic Has It All Wrong About China, The US, and West Asia

The US is solely responsible for China’s recent inroads in West Asia that were brought about by those countries regarding Beijing as a much more reliable partner than Washington due to the latter’s counterproductive policies over the decades. The influential American magazine The Atlantic published on article on 4 September titled “How America Can Win…

The Eastern Economic Forum Accelerates a Grand Strategy of Win-Win Cooperation

The Eastern Economic Forum Accelerates a Grand Strategy of Win-Win Cooperation

One can only hope that wiser forces among the nations of the west (and those among the global south trying to foolishly operate within two opposing worlds) will recognize which future is worth living in, Matt Ehret writes. The battle lines for the future of humanity were made explicitly clear during this week’s Eastern Economic…

Afghanistan: Chinese Reconstruction vs. US Sanctions

Afghanistan: Chinese Reconstruction vs. US Sanctions

Beijing now has a key opportunity to demonstrate the stark contrast between its brand of foreign policy and Washington’s through its own plan to aid in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. A Global Times piece titled, “China to offer ‘genuine’ aid in Afghanistan’s economic reconstruction amid chaotic transition,” in title alone infers that the US –…

A Dream Deferred? Manila Renews the Visiting Forces Agreement With the U.S. – BRI vs. B3W

A Dream Deferred? Manila Renews the Visiting Forces Agreement With the U.S. – BRI vs. B3W

The renewed VFA may be among the last that the Philippines signs, because the U.S. may not desire to sustain a presence as a part of its regional policy, Joaquin Flores writes. “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry uplike a raisin in the sun?Or fester like a sore—And then run?Does it stink…