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: Covid Diplomacy- a New Ground for Competition among China, the U.S. and Japan in Southeast Asia

By Natalie Craig For fourteen months, world leaders have altered their foreign policy plans to handle the COVID-19 pandemic leading to a new form of diplomacy – Covid diplomacy. Countries influential in Southeast Asia such as the United States, China and Japan have engaged in various diplomatic efforts in the region throughout the pandemic with …

CSR Blog: COVID-19 Exposes Decade-Long Blood Shortage in China

By Liu Zhuoran China’s blood shortage is not a new topic in public health discussions, but the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted this unsolved problem once again. As the nationwide lockdown began in the first half of 2020, the vast majority of cities faced a severe blood shortage compared to previous years. It was reported from Caixin …

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 …

CSR Blog: Showing He’s Serious about China: A Necessary Biden First Step

By Andrew Senesac As the Biden administration enters office, it will have to grapple with a foreign policy challenge that is more than just en vogue: competition with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). China’s latest acts of gross human rights violations, intellectual property theft, cyberattacks, and wolf-warrior diplomacy have destabilized a region that is …