Articles by: "Minxin Pei"
China will be deglobalisation’s biggest loser

Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine has accelerated the division of the world into two blocs, one comprising the world’s democracies and the other its autocracies. This, in turn, has exposed the risks inherent in economic …

Nixon was right to gamble on China

With China currently the only country capable of unseating America as the leading global power, many in Washington may wish that US President Richard Nixon had never made his historic trip to China 50 years …

How China views the Ukraine crisis

Beijing may be 6,500 kilometeres from Kyiv, but the geopolitical stakes for China in the escalating crisis over Ukraine’s fate couldn’t be higher. If Russia invades Ukraine and precipitates a drawn-out conflict with the United …

China is killing its tech golden goose

US politicians from both congressional parties are worried that China is overtaking America as the global leader in science and technology. In a rare display of bipartisanship, the normally gridlocked Senate passed a bill in …

The Chinese Communist Party won’t last forever

Human beings approaching the age of 100 normally think about death. But political parties celebrating their centennials, as the Chinese Communist Party will on 1 July, are obsessed with immortality. Such optimism seems odd for …

The limits to US–China climate cooperation

Despite their increasingly bitter rivalry, the United States and China have recently been sending the right signals regarding potential cooperation on combatting climate change. The joint statement issued after the mid-April meeting between John Kerry, …

Why China’s Hong Kong crackdown could backfire

The year of the ox has begun darkly for the people of Hong Kong. On 16 February, nine pro-democracy activists, including 82-year-old Martin Lee, the revered long-time leader of the city’s Democratic Party, went on …

Biden, Xi and the evolution of cooperation

I don’t know whether US President Joe Biden, Chinese President Xi Jinping and their foreign policy advisers have read Robert Axelrod’s classic book on international relations, The evolution of cooperation. But they should heed Axelrod’s …

China’s pro-monopoly anti-competition crusade

The Chinese government’s newly launched antitrust probe into Alibaba is probably warranted. The e-commerce giant undoubtedly has a dominant market share and engages in monopolistic practices, such as forcing merchants to make the company their …