CSR Blog: China’s Vertical Nuclear Proliferation – A short history

By Natalie Craig In October 1964, the People’s Republic of China tested its first nuclear bomb, forever shifting the balance of power in Asia. The Chinese people persisted and struggled forward to build up their nuclear program, coupled with a “no first use” (NFU) policy announced by Zhou Enlai the same year the bomb was …

CSR Blog: President Biden Needs to Declare a No First Use Policy to Deter Chinese Aggression Against Taiwan

By Grace Faerber Only three days into President Biden’s administration, US-China tensions over Taiwan rose to extraordinary new levels.  After inviting the de-facto Taiwanese ambassador, Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴), to his inauguration on January 21st – an unprecedented move – the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) unleashed its “wolf warrior” tactics. Forty-eight  hours later, between January 23rd …

CSR Blog: Reducing the Political Influence of Chinese Lending through the COVID-19 Fallout

By Bartholomew Connolly Background The COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique opportunity for the U.S. to reframe its economic engagement with Africa.  African nations have currently issued approximately $115 billion in sovereign debt, with nearly $30 billion coming due in the next five years, according to the Financial Times.1  The ability of African states to service …

CSR Blog: Put on Your Rose-colored Glasses: Outlook for China’s Political Stability and Growth

By Jennifer Lee In alignment with American public opinion, politicians on both sides of the aisle support policies to address China’s prowess as a “strategic competitor,” though the opinions on tactics differ.1,2 No one expects the Biden administration to hastily alter the US stance and go easy on China.3 This is consistent with the fact …

CSR Blog: Nothing into Something: Biden Can Meaningfully Improve the US-Taiwan Relationship

By Daniel Anaforian Enthusiastic observers in the US and Taiwan watched as President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 into law on December 27, 2020. The excitement over this bill on both sides of the Pacific is due to the fact that contained within this massive omnibus bill was the Taiwan Assurance Act …