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Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd President of the United States, once proclaimed that “information is the currency of democracy.” Indeed, the health of any democracy relies on its citizenry's ability to make well informed decisions that have a direct impact on the course of action a nation takes. Without it, stability cannot exist within a society governed under such a decentralization of power. There must be an element of personal responsibility behind any representative form of government.

The advent of social media has reshaped and, in many ways, altered how humans interact with one another, changing the very nature of information…


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Huawei has increasingly made global headlines, and not for good reason. The Shenzhen based telecom giant has come to embody a diverging and contentious relationship held between the United States and China. It’s rise and clout in the deployment of fifth generation communication technology (5G) has sparked new debates in the highest echelons of decision making in Washington. What constitutes broad threats to national security and what remains in the arena of intense corporate competition have been obscured by the growing influence high technology wields across nearly every avenue of a society.

The debate surrounding the merits of America’s grievance…


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For two of America’s closest allies in East Asia, history wrought with atrocity and suffering has increasingly guided essential partners into disillusionment with one another. South Korea and Japan, both indispensable to the United States strategy for denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, hedging China and maintaining a robust foothold in the Asia-Pacific region, have begun displaying frightening signs of a relationship in disarray. Without the cohesion of these two, East Asia will devolve into a far more dangerous, chaotic region bogged down in bitter regional power struggles and mistrust. …


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This November will mark thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. A prominent symbol of Cold War division became a relic of history abruptly and surprisingly to people watching all across the globe. Events of the time left the United States as the undisputed sole superpower — a rarity when observed under the expanse of history. In the early 1990’s China was just emerging as an export-oriented powerhouse and the former Soviet Union was grappling with an empire, forged over decades, rapidly collapsing before their eyes. Nearly half a century of bitter great-power rivalry had come to an…


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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, otherwise known as NATO, has turned 70 this year. The multilateral security alliance forged by the United States out of the ashes of World War II served as a vital bulwark against Soviet aggression and a taming mechanism against the historic militaristic tendencies of European countries like Germany. It has played an important part in promoting and upholding the security of democratic countries all across Europe.

Questions of the organization’s relevance in the 21st century have come to the forefront of discussion. The situation has been fueled by Mr. Trump, who, critical of the lack…


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In recent weeks, Hong Kong has been the location for widening political unrest resulting from a snowballing reaction to Beijing’s erosion of freedom of the ex-British colony which has been governed under a separate system since being ceded to Beijing in 1997. The recent protests have been sparked following a proposed extradition bill that has widely been viewed as an act to slowly intertwine Hong Kong’s and Beijing’s legal systems together. China’s opaque legal system and politicized nature of its judicial process make this a blatant infringement on Hong Kong’s autonomy in the eyes of its citizenry. …


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Forging a trade deal with China has proved to be a frustrating, fluctuating saga for the Trump administration as months of talks between the two economic powers ended with increased contention and a 15% increase on the preexisting tariffs placed on Chinese goods last year. The seemingly bi-weekly flights between Beijing and Washington officials proved to be ineffective in closing the wide split between the two.

What all of this displays is that formulating a compromise between the two — or having a deal struck it all — is not as simple as getting China to purchase more American products…


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Since 2015, a large and often persistent point of contention in international affairs has been China’s maritime and military encroachment into the highly contested South-China Sea. An emboldened Chinese government has gone to the lengths of installing militarized artificial islands to assert and project power across the South Pacific. The body of water is resource rich and strategically sits as one of the most vital shipping lanes in the world with an estimated 30% of global maritime trade passing through every year.

The danger actions like this pose to international security are twofold. The first rests on the risk of…


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In a spiraling concoction of events within the last weeks, the world has witnessed U.S.-China relations deviate further towards instability, eroding more of the old consensus guiding Washington policymakers for the last four decades and a thrust towards an even wider realization that China’s rise is not something to be taken lightly. Policymakers and politicians alike are now cognizant of the fact that China is not merely interested in integrating into the U.S. led economic order but are rather looking to champion their own authoritarian pseudo-capitalist model. Sentiment amongst many in China is that the liberal democratic model is declining…


On Tuesday, April 23rd, the Wall Street Journal published a report on a groundbreaking investigation that uncovered a convoluted trail of international business deals and partnerships that ultimately led to a controversial conclusion: China has been exploiting U.S. satellite technology to advance their global political aims and further crush domestic dissent in regions such as Xinjiang. In the broadest respects, through the front of “private firms”, the Chinese government has exploited U.S.-built …

Zachary Durkee

Student at UCLA pursuing a degree in Political Science with an interest in U.S.-China relations.

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