China’s electric car switch to rattle industry, drive up price of lithium

Chinese regulators recently announced that the government is setting up a timetable to end production and sales of petrol and diesel cars. China is following the example of other countries, such as Britain and France, that announced similar moves towards cleaner vehicles in the coming years. Arthur Wheaton, an automotive expert with Cornell University’s School […]

Hardship in Brazil, South Africa strengthens China’s BRICS lead

This weekend, China will be hosting the annual BRICS summit – a meeting of leaders from five developing nations including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Lourdes Casanova, academic director of Cornell University’s Emerging Markets Institute, says that political and economic instability in Brazil and South Africa has solidified China’s lead position at the […]

Trump out of his league in meeting with Xi

The heads of the world’s two largest economies are scheduled to meet this weekend to face-off on a range of issues – from trade to North Korea’s provocations. Allen Carlson, professor of government and expert in Chinese politics at Cornell University, says Trump’s glaring inconsistent approach to China coupled with his lack of vision and […]

Cornell conference tackles sustainable energy, food and urbanization

WHAT: Sustainability in Asia: collaboration for research and implementation WHEN: Friday, April 7, 8 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. WHERE: Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong MEDIA: Media members are asked to RSVP to Rebecca Valli in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-255-7701 or rv234@cornell.edu.   HONG KONG – As the world grapples […]

The ‘Taiwan card’ is bound to backfire spectacularly

Jessica Chen Weiss, professor of government and author of “Powerful Patriots: Nationalist Protest in China’s Foreign Relations” says that by hinting at Taiwan as an independent government, Trump is jeopardizing China-U.S. relations on the one topic over which Beijing is likely to retaliate.  Bio: http://government.cornell.edu/jessica-chen-weiss   Weiss says: “Playing the so-called ‘Taiwan card’ to pressure […]

Don’t hold your breath for TPP, or China-led trade deal

Lourdes Casanova, academic director of the Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell University, says that the APEC meeting this week has become more relevant in the current anti-globalization climate, but also cautions people that free trade deals will take time. Bio: https://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Faculty-And-Research/Profile/id/lc683 Casanova says: “Discussions initiated at the APEC summit in Beijing two years ago about […]

New GDP number in China, same old concerns about accuracy

Jeremy Wallace, associate professor of government and faculty member of Cornell University’s China and Asia Pacific Studies Program, says China’s recent GDP figure casts doubts on the accuracy of the country’s statistics. Wallace’s current book project, Seeking Truth and Hiding Facts: Information, Ideology, and Authoritarian Rule in China, looks at the use, accuracy, and political significance of […]

Despite yuan’s meteoric rise, dollar will dominate

ITHACA, N.Y. – The international finance community is on the brink of what Cornell economist Eswar Prasad calls “a momentous event.” On Oct. 1, the International Monetary Fund will add China’s currency, the renminbi, to its elite basket of reserve currencies. This international stamp of approval means the renminbi – and its unit, the yuan […]

China gets pass at G20 thanks to fluidity in the West

The G20 meeting – now underway in China – takes place in a world that is in an unprecedented degree of flux. Andrew Mertha, a Cornell University specialist in Chinese politics, says China is likely to get what it wants: an emphasis on economic issues. Bio: http://government.arts.cornell.edu/faculty/mertha/ Mertha says: “For the G20 Summit, China’s leaders […]

US needs to tread carefully after South China Sea ruling

A United Nations tribunal has ruled in favor of the Philippines and against China in an arbitration case involving contested territory in the South China Sea. Chinese experts at Cornell University are available for comment on today’s development. Jessica Chen Weiss, professor of government at Cornell University, says that in the aftermath of the ruling, […]