In March of this year, View from the Peak hosted a special edition Expert Series Interview with T.L. Tsim from the Project Citizen’s Foundation to discuss the future of Hong Kong politics and why it matters for the region. The interview was held at an opportune time as last weekend Hong Kong voted for a new Chief Executive, the fourth since the 1997 Handover. As expected, Ms. Carrie Lam, Beijing's favoured candidate, was elected by the Election Committee, a group of 1,163 members consisting primarily of business leaders sympathetic to the Chinese Government. The Committee which represents .03% of Hong Kong’s eligible voters cast 777 votes for Ms. Lam, 365 for former finance chief Mr. John Tsang and 21 votes for retired judge, Mr. Woo Kwok-hing. Ms. Lam enters office at a challenging time for Hong Kong with increased scrutiny from China and deep discontent from the local population on issues such as income inequality, the high cost of housing, and the perceived loss of political freedom. How she manages this environment may have an impact on what Hong Kong looks like as we approach 2047 when Hong Kong fully reverts to Chinese rule.
U.S. Trade Policy Priorities: Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative | Center for Strategic and International Studies
10:30 a.m. Registration 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks: John Hamre President and CEO, CSIS Introduction: William Brock Former United States Trade Representative Keynote Remarks: "U.S. Trade Policy Priorities" Robert Lighthizer United States Trade Representative
This week, CSIS sponsored a speech and discussion with US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer. His remarks focused on past US trade policies and current trade talks. https://www.csis…
IMF Article IV Report on China
The Peterson Institute for International Economics held a discussion of the recently released International Monetary Fund (IMF) Article IV Report on China on September 21, 2017.
The Peterson Institute sponsored an event this week with IMF senior China economist, Geoff Gottlieb, who discussed the Fund's recent release of their Article IV Report on China. He explains why his…
The new dynamics of financial globalization
Cross-border capital flows have fallen 65 percent since the financial crisis as global banks retrenched, but a more stable form of financial globalization is emerging.
McKinsey examines the changing nature of capital flows since the financial crises. Cross border capital flows have fallen 65% in the last ten years, but what has emerged is a more stable system with…
Bannon Says the U.S. Is at ‘Economic War with China.’ Is He Right?
Steve Bannon, whose controversial views on China remain hugely influential in the White House, is visiting Hong Kong this week to speak at a China investment conference. In August, before he left his White House position as chief strategist, Bannon said the U.S. is “at economic war with China.” He added, “One of us is going to be a hegemon in 25 or 30 years and it’s gonna be them if we go down this path.” Are the United States and China in a state of economic war? If not, is that a likely outcome if tensions between the two nations continue to rise?
Interesting commentary from VFTP expert Christopher Balding on the US / China economic war debate
North Korea: Witness to Transformation
Our experts assess the economic, political, and security developments in and around the Korean peninsula. Follow @nkwitness on Twitter
An interesting, albeit pedantic, piece from the Peterson Institute, exploring if President Trump has the legal authority to attack North Korea. https://piie…
Johnson Faces Backlash as MPs Seek Ouster for Brexit Article
U.K. lawmakers called for Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to be fired after he threw himself back into the Brexit debate with a newspaper article that was seen as undercutting Prime Minister Theresa May days before she is set to refresh her own strategy for the split.
Is this the percursor to a split in the Conservative Party post Brexit in 2019? Our Expert Series discussion with Jacob Kirkegaard explored this and will be published tomorrow
China Gives a Dam
The Nigerian government has announced that the China Civil Engineering Corporation will complete a huge hydropower plant in the Mambila region of Tar…
The one region where the Belt and Road Initiative could make a meaningful impact is Africa. While many of the OBOR projects could be more hype than substance, China's investment in Africa will help…
Kim Jong Un must go. It's time for a Korean democratic unification. - AEI
The Trump team must move toward a strategy of ultimate unification of the peninsula. There are many main reasons for this. First, the nuclear problem is really a regime problem. The Kim family has made its legacy synonymous with becoming a nuclear state that can ultimately unify the peninsula on its own terms. Second, it is unclear whether long-term deterrence is stable. Northeast Asia would have to become very militarized. The military postures of Japan, South Korea, and the United States would have to favor the offense to be ready to strike down missiles and to keep Kim on the defensive. And it is unclear whether Japan and South Korea would remain non-nuclear. The US should still seek to limit the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Expert Guest, Dan Blumenthal, presents his take on the North Korean situation, echoing views of other policy makers that North-South unification might be the only long-term solution. https://www.aei…
The euro crisis isn't over - AEI
As the eurozone economic recovery begins to gain traction and as the credit rating agencies start to upgrade former eurozone deadbeat countries, the conven
Expert Guest, Desmond Lachman's, recent article in U.S. News and World Report, raises the possibility that the Euro crises isn't over. http://www.aei.org/publication/the-euro-crisis-isnt-over/
Bipartisanship wins a round at the White House - AEI
Economists of all political views breathed a sigh of relief and raised a glass in celebration when Kevin Hassett was confirmed last week as chairman of the
President's Trump's new Chairman of the Council on Economic Advisers, Kevin Hassett, gets widespread support from economists and both political parties. http://www.aei…