CSR Blog: Corruption and the Death Penalty in China: Political Win v. Criminal Law Development

By Yaxiang Liu and Grace Faerber On January 5th, China and the world were shocked when Lai Xiaomin (赖小民), former chairman of the state-controlled financial giant China Huarong Asset Management Corp. and vice minister-level Chinese Communist Party (CCP) cadre, was given a death sentence for pocketing bribes of approximately 1.8 billion RMB (just under $278 …

CSR Blog: Fighting Fire with Fire in the South China Sea: The Case for Strengthening the Gray Zone Capabilities of Vietnam to Counter Chinese Gray Zone Tactics

By Samuel Olson Territorial disputes in the South China Sea have emerged as one of the most pressing issues in East and Southeast Asia. China claims sovereignty over everything within the so-called “nine-dash line” in the South China Sea, parts of which are concurrently claimed by Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines, and Taiwan. To …

CSR Blog: Quiet Storm: Taiwan’s COVID-19 Outbreak, Mapping the Pandemic in a Democracy

By Nicholas A. Henderson In late 2019, when news broke of a novel coronavirus spreading in Wuhan, China, Taiwan’s government deployed their rapid response plan. Taiwan, an island of 24 million people, had learned from the SARS epidemic of 2003 and wasted no time in becoming the first to employ mobile phones for tracking infected …

CSR Blog: China’s “Guerrilla Warfare” Trade Policy and the Emerging WTO Credibility Crisis

By Zhuoran Li China’s admission to the WTO is one of the most significant events in the 21st century world economy. After engaging in 15 years of onerous negotiation and facing the most rigorous entrance requirements, China joined the WTO in 2001. Beijing used the admission as an external push to accelerate domestic economic reforms. …