Shifting Tides: The Future of Globalization in an Era of Rising Populism

Adam Church Vol. 38 Associate Editor Over the past year, there have been numerous events indicating that populism is on the rise in the Western world. Though the particular forms of these individual events may vary, a common thread linking them together is a desire to retreat from globalization to the perceived safety of protectionism. […]

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The Curious Case of Disappearing Booksellers: A Conflict of Sovereignty between China and Hong Kong

The Curious Case of Disappearing Booksellers: A Conflict of Sovereignty between China and Hong Kong

Angela Ni Vol. 37 Associate Editor Vol. 38 Managing Note Editor Free speech and separation of political spheres in China have always been tenuous. Publishing houses and bookshops in Hong Kong have spent years churning out books banned on the Chinese mainland, often focusing on poorly sourced secrets and rumors about the top echelons of […]

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China’s Military Drills Over Okinawa

China’s Military Drills Over Okinawa

Virginia Koeppl Vol. 37 Associate Editor Vol. 38 Article Editor On December 26, 2015, China sent three armed vessels, one of them designed to carry four cannons, into Japan’s territorial waters surrounding the Senkaku Islands in the southern part of the East China Sea.[1] This is the first time that the People’s Republic of China has […]

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Steel Antidumping Tariffs: The Issue of Surrogate Countries

Steel Antidumping Tariffs: The Issue of Surrogate Countries

Sung “Chris” Lee Vol. 37 Associate Editor Vol. 38 Online Content Editor Low steel prices have been driven by Chinese steel glut: China is dumping steel globally to get rid of the massive excess supply. As China shifts away from growth driven by the manufacturing industry, it is flooding the worldwide steel market with its […]

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Under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, Can China Adversely Possess and Militarize Islands of the South China Sea?

Lauren Richards, Vol. 37 Associate Editor China’s militarization of islands in the South China Sea threatens the right of innocent passage by States and, therefore, may pose a threat to international law.[1] The U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) establishes a 200-mile continental shelf beyond the coastal State.[2] This entitles the coastal […]

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Lack of a legal framework regarding island building in the South China Sea

Daniel Mooney, Vol. 37 Associate Editor Over the past few years the Chinese government has rapidly undertaken widespread land reclamation and construction in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. In general, the island building consists of converting formerly submerged reefs into artificial islands and increasing their size in order to suit specific needs. […]

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The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the New Balance of Power

David Angel, Vol. 36 Associate Editor Introduction This year has brought fresh examples of how the balance of the world’s economic power is shifting, promising to realign the relationships between major powers and their allies. A recent example of this is Australia’s decision to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) over the objection […]

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Legal Uncertainty Remains in International Arbitration for Chinese-Foreign Disputes

Zhouyuan Diana Duan Vol. 37 Executive Editor Vol. 36 Associate Editor Introduction The question of whether a foreign arbitral institution can administer an arbitration seated in Mainland China has been discussed for many decades and still remains unresolved till this day. Until 2009, two leading cases established two different perspectives on this issue. In 2006, […]

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Economic Shifts in Michigan and China Dictate Need for Socially Responsible Businesses

Amy K. Bergstraesser, Vol. 36 Associate Editor Introduction The experience of large economic shifts often sparks the need for more than some governments can or are willing to deal with. Social welfare systems deteriorate and the gap between the rich and the poor grows, causing concern and strife. Recently, businesses have been called on to […]

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The Long Arm of Justice: America’s Place in China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign

Derek Turnbull, Vol. 36 Associate Editor As President Xi Jinping’s burgeoning anti-corruption campaign takes root in China, forcing government officials at the top of diverse ministries from the energy sector to the military to sit up and take notice, China’s anticorruption officials have set their sights on a new area: the United States.  Increasingly, China’s […]

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South China or West Philippine Sea? United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and International Arbitration

Sam Fitzpatrick, Vol. 36 Associate Editor On January 23, 2013, the Republic of the Philippines initiated binding arbitration in the Permanent Court of Arbitration after exhausting diplomatic and political remedies to resolve its dispute with China over the South China Sea.[1]  The Philippine’s memorial requested that the Permanent Court of Arbitration, in accordance with Annex […]

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Chinese Regulation of Agricultural Biotechnology: Overview and Impact on Global Agro Trade

Evan Nichols Vol. 37 Production Editor Vol. 36 Associate Editor Chinese regulators hold the keys to a market populated by nearly 1.4 billion people, 400 million of which are expected to be mainstream consumers by 2020.[1] This economic weight grants the power to shape the future of emerging industries. Agricultural Biotechnology (Ag-Biotech) is one such industry […]

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