China

United States Hosts Chinese Premier Hu Jintao

Hu Jintao, China’s President and General Secretary of the Communist Party, concluded a three-day visit to America this past Friday.  Because Hu divided his time between Washington, DC and Chicago, his visit had broad ramifications not only for American foreign policy and national-level economic interests but also for primarily Midwestern issues.  President Barack Obama had [...]

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Governor Doyle Signs Trade Agreement with Chinese Province

State media outlets were abuzz last weekend with reports of the recent trade agreement between the state of Wisconsin and the Shaanxi province of central China. Shaanxi, which includes portions of the Loess Plateau, the Yellow River, and the Qinling Mountains, is primarily a rural area and a base of Chinese agriculture and manufacturing. In [...]

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China-Japan Crisis Reminds Asia of Need for U.S. Power

The recent arrest of a Chinese trawler captain by Japan became a major international incident between the two Asian powers.  The situation appeared to come to an end when Japan released Captain Zhan Qixiong, but China has now demanded a formal apology and financial compensation from Japan. In perceived retaliation against Japan, China continues to detain [...]

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The Bear and the Dragon Strengthen Economic Ties

It appears that the highly publicized stand-off between China and Japan over the detention of a Chinese boat captain is over.  Both sides are requesting what they believe to be fair financial compensation, but for the most part their spat seems to have been quelled.  A far more interesting and longer term issue is the [...]

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Nuclear Arms Summit of Questionable Import

On April 12 and 13, the United States hosted a nuclear arms summit.  In attendance were heads of state from 47 nations the world over. Leading up to the summit, there was much discussion and speculation as to the reason for and importance of sending so many heads of state to such a summit, because [...]

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