Yun Sun

Senior Fellow and Co-Director

China, East Asia

Yun Sun is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the China Program at the Stimson Center. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations and China’s relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes.

From 2011 to early 2014, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, jointly appointed by the Foreign Policy Program and the Global Development Program, where she focused on Chinese national security decision-making processes and China-Africa relations. From 2008 to 2011, Yun was the China Analyst for the International Crisis Group based in Beijing, specializing on China’s foreign policy towards conflict countries and the developing world. Prior to ICG, she worked on U.S.-Asia relations in Washington, DC for five years. Yun earned her master’s degree in international policy and practice from George Washington University, as well as an MA in Asia Pacific studies and a BA in international relations from Foreign Affairs College in Beijing.

 

Projects

Policy solutions and in-depth analysis of the complex relationship between mainland China and Taiwan

Deepening understanding of China’s foreign policy behaviors and their motivations and impact

Deepening understanding of China’s participation in international conflict mediation and its impact

Research & Writing
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Op-Ed
China’s plans if Biden wins US election

This article was originally published in Asia Times.

Op-Ed
Doubling Down on Arctic Diplomacy

This article was originally published in High North News.

Op-Ed
The Ladakh Clash: China’s India Dilemma

This article was originally published in Global Asia.

Op-Ed
Myanmar’s Peace Process: The China Factor

This article was originally published in The Diplomat Magazine, October 2020 (Iss. 71)

Op-Ed
Confrontation in the Himalayas: China’s growing risk tolerance

This article was originally published by Observer Research Foundation.

Issue Brief
China and South Asia Crisis Management in the Era of Great Power Competition

China’s interest in South Asian crisis prevention meets new challenges posed by great power competition and shifting strategic balances

Op-Ed
What You May Not Know About Sino-Russian Cooperation in the Arctic and Why it Matters

This article was originally published in The Diplomat.

Video
U.S-China Strategic Competition and the Korean Peninsula

This video was originally posted by the National Committee on North Korea.

Op-Ed
China-Iran pact won’t be trouble-free for either side

This article was originally published in Asia Times.

Op-Ed
Why China’s Interests in the Arctic are Constrained

This article was originally published in The Wire China.

Op-Ed
Examining the myth of ‘private Chinese investment’ in Kayin State

This article was originally published in Frontier Myanmar.

Op-Ed
China’s Strategic Assessment of the Clash in Ladakh

The article was originally published in War on the Rocks.

Commentary
Discussing China’s Dams on the Mekong

Ed note — This discussion between Yun Sun, Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the China Program, and Brian Eyler, Director of the Southeast Asia Program, references the April, 2020 feature story, How China Turned Off the Tap on the M…

Issue Brief
On the Yunnan-Rakhine Corridor

This article was originally published by TOAEP.

Op-Ed
China’s debt relief for Africa: Emerging deliberations

This article was originally published in Brookings.

Op-Ed
China’s Strategic Assessment of Afghanistan

Originally published in War on the Rocks.

Op-Ed
China and Africa’s debt: Yes to relief, no to blanket forgiveness

This article was originally published in Brookings.

Op-Ed
Defining the Chinese Threat in the Arctic

Originally published in the Arctic Institute Center for circumpolar Security Studies.

Op-Ed
China’s Strategic Assessment of India

This Op-Ed was originally published in War on the Rocks on March 25, 2020.

Op-Ed
China, the Arakan Army, and a Myanmar Solution

This article was originally published in Frontier Myanmar on March 23, 2020.

Commentary
Understanding China’s Response to COVID-19

China enjoys advantages unique to its political system in a public health crisis like COVID-19 but it also suffers critical deficiencies due to the disadvantages and vulnerabilities of the same system.

Op-Ed
Aung San Suu Kyi Comes Out on Top in ICJ Rohingya Ruling

Originally published in Nikkei Asian Review

Op-Ed
A new era for China and Myanmar, but old constraints still hold

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Op-Ed
Will China Benefit from the US’s Conflict With Iran?

This article was originally posted in Brink.

Policy Memo
Managing the Fallout of the US-China Trade War

While President Trump’s team may still believe that a trade deal is well within reach in the near future, that perception is not at all shared by the Chinese government. The U.S. and China have entered a war of attrition. The U.S. policy­ makers need to prepare for a long game in the trade tension and the eventual de-coupling of the two economies, regardless of whether that was the original intention.

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Yun Sun cited in an article about how a woman’s death got tangled in Hong Kong politics

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Around Valentine’s Day last year, the decomposing body of a pregnant Hong Kong woman, 21-year-old Poon Hiu-wing, turned up in the tall grass near a riverside spot in a suburban area of Taipei, Taiwan’s capital. Her boyfriend, also…

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“China Also Has to Win”: A Discussion with Yun Sun on One Belt, One Road in Africa

China’s One Belt One Road strategy (OBOR, commonly known as the Belt and Road Initiative) is a global undertaking, encompassing over 1,700 projects in 65 countries. Forty-four African countries—along with the African Union—have signed OBOR ag…

Commentary
Peace through development: China’s experiment in Myanmar

When viewing the domestic conflicts of a sovereign nation, China sees development and stability as two mutually reinforcing concepts. Instead of focusing on the fair and just distribution of political and economic rights, China prioritises making the e…

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Peace through development: China’s experiment in Myanmar by Yun Sun

Recurring conflict and military stalemate in northern Myanmar have prompted China to embark on a bold experiment – one with implications that Nay Pyi Taw might not yet even comprehend. WHEN VIEWING the domestic conflicts of a sovereign nation, China se…

Commentary
China walks political tightrope in Myanmar

Since 2016, when Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy came to power in Myanmar, China’s relations with the Southeast Asian state have been surprisingly smooth considering Beijing’s close ties with its former military regimes. Previously wid…

Commentary
Why China is sceptical about the peace process

Since Myanmar’s current peace process began eight years ago, ethnic reconciliation has become a benchmark in evaluating progress of the Myanmar nation and state, alongside civil-military relations and economic development. China is undeniably a ma…

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Why China is skeptical about the peace process by Yun Sun

In the first of a two-part series, contributor Yun Sun examines the different approaches China has taken to mediating in Myanmar’s armed conflicts, and why it has begun to adopt a more limited – yet still important – role.  SINCE Myanmar’s cu…

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Slower, smaller, cheaper: the reality of the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor by Yun Sun

Despite perceptions that it will bring a rush of Chinese financing for massive infrastructure projects, implementation of the China Myanmar Economic Corridor has so far been relatively cautious.   MUCH HAS been said and written about the China-Mya…

Commentary
Slower, smaller, cheaper: the reality of the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor

Much has been said and written about the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor since it was formally proposed by China in November 2017 as part of its global Belt and Road Initiative. Despite gaining significant international attention – and generating…

Policy Paper
Recalibration and Adaptation: China’s Relations with her Key Neighbors during the Trump Era

After becoming the leader of China in late 2012 Xi Jinping rapidly launched his signature foreign-policy campaign—the Belt and Road Initiative—to project China’s economic and geopolitical influence. Whether the BRI has improved China’s external environ…

Commentary
The ‘loose end’ of the peace process

WITH FIGHTING in Rakhine State since January and escalating bloodshed in northern Shan State, Myanmar is enduring a level of conflict unprecedented in recent years. This state of affairs has further diminished the already gloomy prospect for any progre…

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The ‘loose end’ of the peace process by Yun Sun

WITH FIGHTING in Rakhine State since January and escalating bloodshed in northern Shan State, Myanmar is enduring a level of conflict unprecedented in recent years. This state of affairs has further diminished the already gloomy prospect for any progre…

Commentary
The Future of India-China Competition in South Asia

The strategic competition between India and China in South Asia, especially in the Indian Ocean due to the Chinese “string of pearls” strategy, has been a key element underlining the narrative of bilateral relations in recent years. There are debates i…

Research Pages
China’s Emerging Role in Conflict Mediation

Stimson’s China program is conducting an ongoing research and dialogue project that examines China’s emerging role in conflict mediation globally. The project explores China’s foray into conflict mediation during a period of evolution in China’s multid…

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Yun Sun cited in an article about the world powers scrambling to claim a piece of the resource rich arctic as it is revealed by climate change-caused melting

Late on a gray November afternoon Marvin Atqittuq, a newly elected patrol commander in the Arctic community of Gjoa Haven, stood on the frozen sea outside town and called his troops in for a meeting. A frigid wind flicked snow in from the south, a…

Commentary
Taiwan Arms Sales: Chinese Sanctions on US Firms

With the much-expected announcement on the latest US arms sales package to Taiwan, China retaliated with a vow to sanction US companies participating in the sales. This is not the first time that China threatened to do so. The extent to which Chinese v…

Policy Paper
China and the Korean Peninsula after the Hanoi Summit

The Hanoi summit between President Trump and North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un had been expected to deliver concrete results on the nuclear negotiations and/or US-North Korea bilateral relations. Widely speculated outcomes had included partial de…

Commentary
The Real Agenda of Xi Jinping’s First Trip to North Korea

After many years of speculation about a visit to the DPRK by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the suspense finally came to an end last week with the Chinese leader’s two-day state visit to Pyongyang. The timing is curious. The trip happened at the peak of…

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Yun Sun quoted in article about China urging Beijing to find common ground with Washington

China’s doves urge Beijing to find common ground with Washington Amid mounting tensions with Washington, the doves among China’s communist elite are growing increasingly vocal in their urging for Beijing to take a more cautious approach. The trade disp…

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Yun Sun quoted in article about China’s scientists on the Arctic

CHINA’S SCIENTISTS ARE THE NEW KIDS ON THE ARCTIC BLOCK FOR NEARLY A century, the Arctic has been a scientific playground for American, Canadian, and European researchers studying everything from magnetic fields to krill popula…

Policy Paper
The Chinese Perception of the U.S.-China-ROK Triangle

Since being applied to U.S.-Soviet-China trilateral relations after the Sino-American rapprochement in the early 1970s, the notion/theory of “strategic triangles” has been widely used to examine many trilateral relations. The model of “U.S.-China plus…

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Yun Sun quoted in SCMP article about Belt and Road Initiative

Chinese President Xi Jinping tries to stem rising chorus of doubts over Belt and Road Initiative President Xi Jinping sought to allay mounting scepticism and fears over his global infrastructure and trade plans on Friday, promising to prevent debt risk…

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Yun Sun quoted in article about China’s New Silk Road

Dominance or development? What’s at the end of China’s New Silk Road? By the entrance of the main office in Cambodia’s Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone is a crimson message from the country’s prime minister, Hun Sen. Written in flowing Khmer and Man…

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Yun Sun comments on China’s escalating pressure on Taiwan and how it may impact US opinion

Small U.S. Marine presence in Taiwan could ruffle Chinese feathers With a new de facto American Embassy in Taiwan nearly completed, a spokesperson announcing the opening of the 161,000-square-foot, privately run compound said last week that U.S. Marine…

Report
China and the Arctic

These monographs by the China Program explore China’s growing interests and involvement in the Arctic and the corresponding speculation and concern from other countries about the potential and ambitions of China’s Arctic footprint.

Commentary
The Second Trump-Kim Summit: Where Is China?

On the eve of the second summit between the top leaders of the US and North Korea in Hanoi, most attention is focused on what might be the concrete substance/steps of North Korea’s denuclearization and the reciprocal measures that the US will offer in…

Commentary
Whose Side Is Time on? China’s Perceptions/Misperceptions of Cross-Strait Relations

On Jan. 2, 2019, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a major policy speech to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Message to Compatriots in Taiwan. The speech is widely interpreted as Xi’s policy platform for cross-strait relations for year…

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Yun Sun interviewed on Beijing’s Concerns about Trump Kim Summit

As Trump and Kim meet, one of Beijing’s chief concerns is the US-South Korea alliance China supports the reunification of North and South Korea, but Beijing is deeply worried about Seoul’s security alliance with the U…

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Yun Sun quoted in the New York Times about Kim’s Journey to the Summit

Traveling to Meet Trump, Kim Jong-un Takes the Long Route BEIJING — The young leader of North Korea likes to present himself as a modern man projecting his isolated country onto the world stage. But for his meeting with President Trump in Vietnam this…

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Yun Sun quoted in article about China’s push for Taiwan’s unification and Taiwan’s surging support

Xi’s tough talk on Taiwan backfires, as Tsai support surges TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping sought to push Taiwanese closer to unification with a new year speech mixing carrots and sticks. That hasn’t panned out. Instead, his indepen…

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Yun Sun quoted in article about North Korea’s Nuclear Program

North Korea’s Nuclear Program Quietly Advances, Pressuring Trump Kim Jong Un told the world this month that North Korea took steps to stop making nuclear weapons in 2018, a shift from his earlier public statements. The evidence shows production has con…

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Yun Sun Quoted in article about Kim Jong-Un’s Visit to China

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left Beijing after talking and dining with Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to South Korean media, in a show of unity as they engage in delicate negotiations with President Donald Trump’s administration. Kim spent…

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Yun Sun Quoted about Taiwanese Unification with China

BEIJING — China’s president, Xi Jinping, warned Taiwan that unification must be the ultimate goal of any talks over its future and that efforts to assert full independence could be met by armed force, laying out an unyielding position on Wednesday in h…

Report
The Northern Sea Route

Stimson’s East Asia Program is proud to announce the publication of Yun Sun’s second monograph on China and the Arctic, The Northern Sea Route: The Myth of Sino-Russian Cooperation.  Since 2017, a series of events have raised optimism about the po…

Commentary
Djibouti: China’s approach to military expansion

China opened its first overseas military base in Djibouti last year. Now, after a year of operation, many details have surfaced to provide a better idea of Beijing’s reason for the base, and its wider global calculations predicated on the facility. Bei…

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Do Axed Infrastructure Projects in Malaysia Spell Trouble for China’s ‘Belt and Road’?

Q: What are the political, economic and budgetary factors that led Mahathir to halt government contracts on three major China-linked infrastructure projects? A: The projects that were canceled during Mahathir’s China trip are the East Coast R…

Commentary
The State of Play in Sino-DPRK Relations

Sino-DPRK relations have undergone major changes since the beginning of 2018. Not only did North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visit China in March for the first time since taking power, he visited two more times in a short period of three months. Although…

Policy Paper
The Intricacy of China’s Arctic Policy

In January 2018, China published its first ever Arctic White Paper, detailing China’s national interests, priorities, approaches, and policies toward the Arctic. The Arctic White Paper is a response to the culmination of China’s growing interests and i…

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Yun Sun Quoted on China’s Interest in Trump-Kim Summit

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Yun Sun Quoted on North Korea’s Attitude Towards Summit

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Yun Sun Quoted on North Korean Officials visit to New York

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Yun Sun Quoted on Behavior of North Korea, China, U.S.

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Yun Sun Quoted on North Korea Tactics

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Yun Sun Quoted on China’s Propoganda

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Yun Sun Quoted on Effects of Trump’s Trade Policy in East Asia

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Yun Sun Quoted on North Korea Proposed Promise from U.S.

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Yun Sun Quoted on China’s Economy

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Yun Sun Quoted on Taiwan-U.S. Relations

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Yun Sun Op-Ed on Competition Between India and China

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Yun Sun Quoted on China’s Criteria for Offering Aid

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Yun Sun Quoted on China’s National Interests

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Yun Sun Quoted on Xi’s Visit to North Korea

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Yun Sun Quoted on DPRK Dependency on China

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Yun Sun Quoted on DPRK’s Desire to Retain Nuclear Weapons

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Yun Sun Quoted on Taiwan Response to Chinese Naval Drills

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Yun Sun Quoted on China’s Strategy in DPRK-US Deal

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Yun Sun Quoted on Korean Reunification

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Yun Sun Quoted on Chinese Asylum Seekers in the U.S.

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Yun Sun Quoted on Chinese Naval Exercises

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Yun Sun Quoted on Trump Tone towards Kim

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Yun Sun Quoted on Chinese Naval Drills

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Yun Sun Quoted on Trump Abe Meeting

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Yun Sun Quoted on U.S-Taiwan Arms Trade

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Yun Sun Quoted on American Naval Exercises in Taiwan Strait

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Testimony
China’s Contingency Planning on North Korea

On April 12, 2018, Senior Fellow Yun Sun gave testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC), outlining China’s contingency plans on North Korea, its desired endgame, and the role great power competition betwee…

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Yun Sun Quoted on Chinese Ambassador’s Trump Relationship

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Yun Sun Quoted on Trump-Kim Summit

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Jenny Town and Yun Sun Quoted on U.S.-China Trade War and U.S-DPRK Relations

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Jenny Town and Yun Sun Quoted on U.S.-China Trade War and U.S-DPRK Relations

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Yun Sun Quoted on Chinese Official’s Visit to Moscow

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Commentary
The US-DPRK Summit: Assessing Chinese Anxieties

The visit by the mysterious North Korean visitor on Monday raises wide speculation about what China and North Korea are jointly planning ahead of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s summits with South Korean President Moon in April and with US President…

Commentary
Kim Jong Un Goes to China: Mending A Weathered Alliance

More than six years after his ascension to power, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid his first visit to China on March 25 to meet with President Xi Jinping. The trip came at a time when the world was still recovering from the shocking announcement of…

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Yun Sun Op-Ed on the Sino-DPRK Alliance

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Yun Sun Quoted on China’s Role in North Korean Peace Talks

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Yun Sun Quoted on China’s Global Strategy

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Yun Sun Quoted on Kim’s Visit to China

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Yun Sun Quoted on the Impact of Kim’s China Visit on US-DPRK Relations

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Yun Sun Quoted on China’s Taiwan Strategy

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Yun Sun Quoted on Kim Trip to China

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Yun Sun Quoted on Kim Visit to South Korea

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Yun Sun Quoted on Kim-Xi Relationship

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Yun Sun Quoted on US-North Korea Nuclear Talks

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Yun Sun Op-Ed on US-DPRK Summit

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Yun Sun Quoted on North Korean Denuclearization

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Yun Sun Quoted on Kim Visit to China

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Yun Sun Quoted on Kim Visit to China

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Yun Sun Quoted on the Possibility of a Kim Visit to China

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Yun Sun Quoted on Trump’s Role in Kim Visit to Beijing

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Yun Sun Quoted on Chinese and Japanese Investment in Africa

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Yun Sun quoted on US-Taiwan Diplomatic Relations

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Commentary
China finds opportunity in Myanmar crisis

The Rohingya refugee crisis emanating from Myanmar’s western Rakhine state has presented an acute challenge to State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government. It has also provided a unique opportunity for China to regain lost momentum in the st…

Commentary
China in the Arctic: An Identity Struggle

The release of China’s Arctic White Paper in late January brought broad attention to China’s somewhat nascent but rapidly expanding role and interests in the Arctic region. China’s perception of the Arctic has been increasingly strategic in the past de…

Commentary
Xi is no longer ‘the first among equals’ in China; just the first

On Sunday, the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party formally introduced the proposal to revise the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China. Submitted to the National People’s Congress, the proposal will remove the term limitations on…

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Yun Sun Quoted on North Korean Denuclearization

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Yun Sun Quoted on Cultural Barriers to Female Political Participation in China

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Yun Sun Quoted on Chinese Anti-Corruption Campaign

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Yun Sun Quoted on Chinese Autonomous Ships

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Press Release
Yun Sun and Yuki Tatsumi Appointed Co-Directors of East Asia Program

For Immediate Release March 7, 2018 Contact: Audel Shokohzadeh, [email protected], 202.478.3419 The Stimson Center announced today that Yuki Tatsumi and Yun Sun have been appointed Co-Directors of the East Asia program. Tatsumi and Sun join Alan D…

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Yun Sun Op-Ed on China’s Proposal to Revise Constitution

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Yun Sun Op-Ed on China in the Arctic

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Yun Sun Quoted on Korea’s Relationship with Chinese Investments

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Yun Sun Quoted Interviewed China Lifting Presidential Term Limits

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Yun Sun Op-Ed on China and the Myanmar Crisis

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Yun Sun Quoted on Trump’s Threats to North Korea

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Yun Sun Quoted on Transforming Risks on the Korean Peninsula

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Yun Sun Quoted on Peaceful Resolution to North Korean Nuclear Crisis

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Yun Sun Quoted on North Korean ‘Kyrptonite’

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Fun Sun Quoted on North Korea Nuclear Power

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Book
Investigating Crises: South Asia’s Lessons, Evolving Dynamics, and Trajectories

South Asia remains one of the most crisis-prone regions in the world with some of the highest levels of contested borders, militarized interstate disputes, and terrorist attacks. India and Pakistan’s continued expansion of their fissile material stockp…

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The Heat: China-Republic of Korea Relations

CGTN’s The Heat interviewed Yun Sun on December 14, 2017 on relations between China and South Korea, as President Moon Jae-in visits President Xi Jinping in Beijing. Watch the interview here.

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China’s Belt and Road in Myanmar

More than four years have passed since China formally introduced the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI), President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy project, in September 2013. In the past few years, China has dedicated significant political and econ…

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Yun Sun Quoted on Chinese Satellite Launches in Disputed South China Sea

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Yun Sun Quoted on Trump Engaging in Kim Jong Un’s Nuclear Threats

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Yun Sun Quoted on North Korean Threat to Winter Olympics

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Yun Sun Op-Ed on China’s Belt and Road in Myanmar

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Yun Sun Quoted on Rohingya Muslims Fleeing Myanmar

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Yun Sun quoted on North Korean Regime Collapse

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Yun Sun quoted on Beijing’s Goodbye to Zimbabwe Dictator Robert Mugabe

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Yun Sun Quoted on South Korea Seeking New Start With China

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Yun Sun Quoted on China Calming Asian Maritime Dispute

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Yun Sun Quoted on China and Disputed Asian Sea

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Yun Sun Quoted on North Korean Media Threat of War

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Yun Sun Quoted on avoiding war in North Korea

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Yun Sun Quoted on China Asserting Air Control over South China Sea

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Yun Sun Quoted on North Korea

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Yun Sun Quoted on North Korea

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Yun Sun Quoted on China, Myanmar, and the Rohingya Crisis

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Yun Sun Quoted on China and North Korea

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Nate Olson quoted on NAFTA renegotiation

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Yun Sun Quoted on China’a Communist Party Strategy

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Commentary
Chinese Foreign Aid: Why All the Secrecy?

For foreign observers, Chinese foreign aid is a surprisingly difficult area to study and understand. This is not just because China does not follow the traditional OECD definition of foreign aid. But more importantly, it is due to the fact that foreign…

Policy Paper
Winning Projects and Hearts? Three Cases of Chinese Mega-Infrastructure Projects in Southeast Asia

Under President Xi Jinping, Southeast Asia occupies a special place in China’s foreign policy. Politically, the consolidation of good relations with countries there is an essential component of China’s periphery diplomacy. Within the framework of China…

Commentary
The (Upcoming) Changes to China’s North Korea Policy?

Since the North Korean nuclear issue first flared up in the early 1990s, many people have called for and expected a change in China’s North Korea policy. Despite the fact that it is wishful thinking that China would adopt a North Korea policy counter t…

Commentary
Why the World Can’t Afford to Ignore the Rohingya Crisis

Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis continues to deteriorate since the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) orchestrated thirty attacks on local police stations in the Rakhine State. Nearly three hundred thousand Rohingya have fled to neighboring Banglades…

Issue Brief
Trump Just Made A Power Play Against China. That’s Bad News For North Korean Tensions.

On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump authorized the Office of the United States Trade Representative to begin a probe of China’s trade practice, with a particular focus on the alleged theft of American technologies and intellectua…

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Yun Sun Previews Trump visit to China

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Yun Sun Quoted on China and Pollution

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Op-Ed
Yun Sun Op-Ed on China’s Development Projects in Myanmar

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Yun Sun Quoted on President’s Donald Trump and Xi Jingping

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Yun Sun Op-Ed on China’s Development Projects in Southeast Asia

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Yun Sun Quoted on Technology Sharing in Disputed Seas in Asia

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Yun Sun Op-Ed on Chinese Secrecy Surrounding Foreign Aid

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Yun Sun Interviewed on China’s 19th Congress

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Yun Sun on China, North Korea, and an aboveground nuclear test

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Yun Sun Quoted on Possibility of President Carter visting North Korea

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Yun Sun Quoted on Possibility of Aboveground Nuclear Test by North Korea

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Yun Sun on Chinese Foreign Aid

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Yun Sun on Jimmy Carter and North Korea

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Yun Sun on Chinese Foreign Military Bases

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Yun Sun on US-China Cyber Security Dialogue

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Yun Sun Quoted on China International Development Contracts

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Yun Sun Quoted on Spratly Island

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Yun Sun Quoted on Environmental Concerns of China’s Global Infrastructure Initative

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Yun Sun Quoted on Philippines and Spratly Islands

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Yun Sun Quoted on Chinese Route Patrols in Disputed Seas

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Yun Sun Quoted on the Rohingya crisis and the United Nations General Assembly

“The annual talk shop of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly in New York began on Monday. Dozens of heads of government and state have descended on the city to engage in a flurry of meetings and deliver 20-minute addresses from the assembly cham…

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Yun Sun Quoted on Doklam

China’s recent standoff with India in the Himalayas ended without a shot being fired, but the confrontation has deepened mistrust between the world’s two Asian giants. Ending a more than two-month-long military standoff in the remote kingdom of Bhutan,…

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Yun Sun Quoted on China’s Infrastructure Projects in Nigeria

The government of Nigeria has announced the award of a $5.8 billion contract to build what will be the largest power plant in the country. The 3,050-megawatt Mambila hydroelectric power project in the state of Taraba will be delivered by a consortium o…

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Yun Sun Quoted on South Korea Missile Defense Test Failure

South Korea suffered an embarrassing failure of one of its indigenously developed missiles Friday, raising questions about whether it’s prepared for a conflict with nuclear-armed North Korea. In a show of force, Seoul test-launched two Hyunmo…

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Yun Sun Quoted on Refugee Policies and Attitudes in China

With the signing of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, the world put in place for the first time a system for defining refugees, setting out their rights, and granting them asylum. But in the face of the most dire refugee crisis si…

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Yun Sun Quoted on Proposal to Address North Korea Crisis

NORTH Korea continues to threaten the United States and the West sparking fears of World War 3 breaking out but as diplomatic ties reach breaking point, a former US Navy SEAL thinks he may have the solution. Read the rest of the article here. 

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Yun Sun Quoted on Proposal to Address North Korea Crisis

When Jocko Willink‏, a former US Navy SEAL who is now an author and occasional Business Insider contributor, was asked on Twitter how he would handle the North Korean crisis, he gave an unexpected answer that one expert said just might work. Read the a…

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The Heat: China’s non-intervention policy

China’s policy of non-intervention has made it reluctant to vote for sanctions as a member of the United Nations Security Council. But recently, China has supported increasing economic pressure on North Korea. CCTV’s “The Heat” interviewed Yun Sun on C…

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Create a Channel for a U.S.-China Dialogue on South Asia

Introduction The real danger of an explosive conflict and potential nuclear war lingers in South Asia. Relations between India and Pakistan remain distrustful, confrontational, and highly volatile as the result of decades-long hostility. War plans are…

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Yun Sun Quoted on U.S.-China Trade Sanction Implications on North Korea Tensions

BEIJING — In a diplomatic gamble, President Trump is seeking to enlist China as a peacemaker in the bristling nuclear-edged dispute with North Korea at the very moment he plans to ratchet up conflict with Beijing over trade issues that have animated hi…

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You Don’t Want to Know What’ll Happen If the U.S. Strikes North Korea First

President Trump’s “fire and fury” comment has solicited an even stronger verbal retaliation from North Korea. A few hours after the president issued his warning, North Korea reacted with a threat of a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Gua…

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Yun Sun Interviewd on China’s View of U.S.-North Korea Tensions

NPR’s Audie Cornish talks to Yun Sun, senior associate with the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C., about China’s reaction to the rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. Click here to read the full piece.

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Yun Sun Quoted in The New York Times on China’s Reaction to North Korea Tensions

With America’s Asian allies unnerved by President Trump’s threat to bring “fire and fury” to North Korea, China sees a chance to capitalize on the fear and confusion and emerge as the sober-minded power in the region, according to analysts who stu…

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Yun Sun’s Op-ed in Fortune on Nuclear War with North Korea

President Trump’s “fire and fury” comment has solicited an even stronger verbal retaliation from North Korea. A few hours after the president issued his warning, North Korea reacted with a threat of a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Gua…

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Yun Sun Quoted in Business Insider on the Purpose of North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons

The Korean War of the 1950s never really officially ended. -snip- “The North Koreans’s development of nuclear weapons is eventually aimed at the eventual reunification of the Korean peninsula,” said Yun Sun, a senior associate at the Stimson Center who…

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How Long Can China and India Avoid War in the Himalayas?

A remote corner of the Himalayas has become the unlikely scene of a major power standoff between China and India. Now entering its seventh week, the standoff centers on the tri-junction border shared by China, India, and Bhutan referred to as Doklam in…

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Sameer Lalwani, Yun Sun, and Liv Dowling’s Op-ed in Foreign Policy on the India-China Standoff

A remote corner of the Himalayas has become the unlikely scene of a major power standoff between China and India. Now entering its seventh week, the standoff centers on the tri-junction border shared by China, India, and Bhutan referred to as Doklam in…

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Yun Sun Quoted in The Straits Times on US-China Trade

Top Chinese economic and trade officials will meet their US counterparts in Washington today in the wake of US$5 billion (S$6.8 billion) worth of deals to import American beef and soya bean, and a strong signal from President Xi Jinping on further open…

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Yun Sun quoted in Business Insider on Trump’s options for North Korea

After North Korea’s groundbreaking test of a missile purpose-built to hold US cities at risk of nuclear attack, President Donald Trump now has to face a brand new question in the decades-long standoff between the West and North Korea: What now? -snip-…

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The Heat: China-Russia relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow only a day before North Korea test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile. CCTV’s “The Heat” interviewed Yun Sun about China’s approach to North Korea after the…

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North Korea Missile Threat: Old problems, new solutions?

Following North Korea’s announcement that it has test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, experts weigh in on various approaches to dealing with North Korea. France 24 interviews Yun Sun about the danger of a nuclear stand-off with North Ko…

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Yun Sun quoted in Forbes on renewed tensions in South China Sea

U.S. President Donald Trump gave China a break in April on its tightening of control over Asia’s most hotly disputed sea. -snip- “The South China Sea will be an issue high on the agenda, or at least from the U.S. perspective,” says Yun Sun, senior asso…

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China Edging North Korea Closer to Arms Talks with U.S., South Korea

U.S. policymakers seeking an end to North Korea’s nuclear program often point to Beijing’s leverage over Pyongyang as the key to securing a binding disarmament agreement and peace on the Korean peninsula. However, China’s key interests are maintaining…

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Yun Sun’s Op-ed in The Cipher Brief on China – North Korea Relations

U.S. policymakers seeking an end to North Korea’s nuclear program often point to Beijing’s leverage over Pyongyang as the key to securing a binding disarmament agreement and peace on the Korean peninsula. However, China’s key interests are maintaining…

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The Heat: China’s growing role in Africa

China has financed and built a multi-billion dollar railway between Nairobi and Mombasa. CCTV’s “The Heat” interviewed Yun Sun on the railway project and China’s investment in Africa. Click here to watch CCTV’s interview with Yun Sun on June 7, 2017.

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Yun Sun Interviewed on CGTN on China’s Investments in African Infrastructure

Kenya has celebrated a historic first in its partnership with China. With the launch of the multi-billion dollar Mombasa railway project, Kenya has linked its capital, Nairobi, to its largest port city, Mombasa. The infrastructure project was financed…

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Yun Sun Quoted in Voice of America on South China Sea

TAIPEI — On paper, all of the world’s seven richest nations warned last month against militarization of the contested South China Sea, where Beijing is building up small islets for combat aircraft and radar systems. -snip- “The Japanese prime mini…

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China’s Potential Actions in a North Korean Nuclear Contingency

Although information on the exact technical specifications of the North Korea nuclear programs remains scarce, insufficient and in-definitive, the prevailing perception is that many, if not most of these programs are located close to the Chinese border…

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The Changing Tides of U.S.-China Relations?

Four months into his administration, the single-minded China strategy outlined by United States President Donald Trump in the campaign rhetoric of a heated presidential election cycle has given way to the vagaries of complex diplomatic reality. De…

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China and the Asia Pacific Stability Initiative

Earlier this month, the Pentagon endorsed a plan to invest 7.5 billion USD to strengthen U.S. presence in the Asia-Pacific region over the next five years. The plan, namely the Asia Pacific Stability Initiative, was first proposed by Senator John McCai…

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Yun Sun quoted in Business Insider on recent North Korean missile tests

North Korea’s latest round of missile tests has shocked even the more bullish experts on the Kim regime’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, who place it a few months from testing a weapon that could put a nuclear warhead on Washington….

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Yun Sun quoted in Voice of America on China-Vietnam Relations

Historic rivals China and Vietnam are working on substantive agreements that could cover trade, investment and maritime resource sharing despite a bitter sovereignty dispute that had snarled relations less than a year ago. -snip- “President Quang is in…

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Yun Sun quoted in Japan Times on South Korea and China

Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated new South Korean leader Moon Jae-in on Wednesday amid soaring tensions on the Korean Peninsula, saying Beijing is willing to work with Seoul to “properly handle differences.” -snip- “China certainly sees Moon’…

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Yun Sun quoted in Newsweek on North Korea Relations with China and Russia

Russia has strategically grown closer to North Korea as the reclusive, militarized state feuds with its greatest ally, China, over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program, a recent analysis has found. But the economic and political importance of China to N…

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Yun Sun quoted in Forbes on Sino-Laos Relations

Laos typically welcomes help from China. About 23% of the landlocked Southeast Asian country’s 6.8 million people live in poverty. Rural infrastructure lags behind most of its neighbors. So the Lao government supports growing investment from China…

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US-China Rapprochement Under President Trump?

The conventional wisdom on U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s China policy is that his preferred transactional approach, aimed at making deals with China, will not work. The reason behind this judgment is that the fundamental differences between the Unit…

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Yun Sun quoted in Business Insider on Trump’s Willingness to Talk to North Korea

President Donald Trump told Bloomberg on Monday that he’d be “honored” to talk to Kim Jong Un, and while it’s not the first time he’s signaled a willingness to meet with one of the world’s most brutal dictators, it may provide an im…

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The Myth of China’s Coal Imports from North Korea

On February 18, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced the suspension of coal imports for the remainder of this year. In a daily press briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said: “According to our statistics, Ch…

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Yun Sun quoted in Business Insider on U.S. Approach to North Korea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled on Friday that the Trump administration may have finally accepted the one course of action that could stop North Korea’s nuclear threat to the world: direct talks. -snip- “Denuclearization is probably a nonstar…

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Yun Sun quoted in Voice of America on China’s Role in U.S.-North Korea Standoff

WASHINGTON — Although Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi last month described the U.S. and North Korea as two accelerating trains that are set for a “head-on collision,” as of Wednesday, there are no indications that a U.S. military strike against P…

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Yun Sun quoted in The Daily Beast on Trump’s Plans for North Korea

It’s not a sonic boom or bunker buster Pyongyang should most fear from the Trump administration. It’s the sound of cash registers falling silent, and doors to the outside world shutting, as the U.S. works to convince China and other allies to…

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Yun Sun quoted in Vocativ on China’s Role in the North Korean Crisis

North Korea represents an almost perfect international crisis. It is a closed state with a leadership hell-bent on maintaining power, at any cost. Its nuclear program, which has been in development since the 1990s, is seen as the ultimate guarantor of…

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Yun Sun quoted in Foxtrot Alpha on North Korean War

Much of the discussion around North Korea has focused on a nuclear or conventional war between Pyongyang and Washington, but little has been mentioned about one crucial topic: if the Kim regime fails and the country collapses, it will result…

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Yun Sun quoted in Foreign Policy on China’s Role in Myanmar

KACHIN STATE, Myanmar — In early March, Myanmar’s government sat down with a coalition of ethnic rebel groups, including the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), trying to jump-start peace negotiations that had sputtered out after months of escalating fight…

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Yun Sun quoted in The Diplomat on Human Rights in Vietnam

Nguyen Chi Tuyen, a 43-year-old from Hanoi, was driving home after dropping his son off at school when he was attacked by thugs.  -snip- Yun Sun, a senior associate with the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center think tank in Washington D.C., sa…

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Yun Sun quoted in Business Insider on Chinese Troops in North Korea

As tensions climb to historic highsbetween the US and its allies and North Korea, rumors of massive movements of Chinese troops near North Korea’s border keep surfacing. -snip- But Chinese troops are always stationed in the northeast nea…

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Yun Sun quoted in Voice of America on China-Philippines Relations

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Relations between China and the Philippines appear to be stabilizing after the Manila government backed away from a plan to militarize the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. -snip- “My impression is that the Chinese…

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Yun Sun quoted in The Korea Times on North Korean Nuclear Tests

Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se ruled out the possibility of the United States carrying out a unilateral strike against North Korea as concern is growing that Pyongyang might conduct another nuclear test this weekend. -snip- Speculation has been rising t…

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Yun Sun quoted in The Los Angeles Times on China and North Korea

President Trump is willing to make concessions on his signature issue of trade in return for Chinese help reining in North Korea, he told reporters on Wednesday. -snip- “There is widespread concern in Beijing about a U.S. preemptive strike on Nort…

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Yun Sun quoted in The Korea Herald on Military Action in Korea

With a US aircraft carrier group making its way to South Korean waters, rumors are surfacing in South Korea that a war is imminent.  -snip- Yun Sun, an expert with the Washington-based Stimson Center, also said that a US pre-emptive attack on Nort…

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Yun Sun quoted in The World Post on Chinese-North Korean Relations

China ordered ships laden with North Korean coal, the isolated nation’s most important export, to return home full this month after promising in February to suspend imports of the fuel for the rest of the year. -snip- “Unless C…

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Nate Olson, William Reinsch, and Yun Sun quoted in U.S. News & World Report on Trump and China

Senior government delegations led by U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping were initially tight-lipped about the results of their two-day meeting last week at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. -snip- “To my understanding, as…

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Yun Sun quoted in The New York Times on Chinese Media on Trump’s Syria Strikes

BEIJING — With President Xi Jinping safely out of the United States and no longer President Trump’s guest, China’s state-run media on Saturday was free to denounce the missile strike on Syria, which the American president told Mr. X…

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Yun Sun quoted in Cosumnes Connection on Trump’s Approach to North Korea

New threats and the erratic behavior of the country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, are being taken seriously. Decades after the end of the Korean War and the partition of Korea, the conflict on the Korean Peninsula remains one of the most unsafe and intracta…

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Yun Sun quoted in Voice of America on Trump and Xi Meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump is set to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week for talks expected to focus on trade and North Korea. -snip- Yun Sun is with the Stimson Center policy institute in Washington, D.C. She told VOA she belie…

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Yun Sun quoted in Voice of America on Trump and Xi’s Meeting

WHITE HOUSE — President Donald Trump is to host Chinese President Xi Jinping beginning Thursday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in the southern United States. But the atmosphere may not turn out to be as warm as the Florida weather. -snip- “I foresee tha…

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Yun Sun quoted in The New York Times on the Myitsone Dam

AUNG MYIN THA, Myanmar — For six years, Daw Kaw Bu has waited to return to the village she was forced to leave to make way for a dam that has yet to be built. -snip- “If she is the leader she claims to be, I think she should cancel” the dam, said …

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Yun Sun quoted in Los Angeles Times on Chinese Economic Pressure on Taiwan

Wang Hao thrived during her semester as an exchange student in Taiwan. As a native of mainland China, she found it exotic to hang out with Taiwanese students, sitting under a thicket of banyan trees and listening to local bands. -snip- Sun Yun, East As…

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Yun Sun quoted in South China Morning Post on China’s Middle East Role

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman begins his first official visit to Beijing on Wednesday, placing China’s increasingly active role in the Middle East in the spotlight once again. -snip- Sun noted that six of the 11 vetoes cast by China at the UN Security Cou…

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Yun Sun quoted in Reuters on Chinese Relief Camps

Within earshot of mortar fire echoing from beyond a ring of hills, a sprawling relief camp in Southwestern China is swelling steadily after fighting erupted last week between a rebel ethnic army in Myanmar and government troops just across the border….

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Is China the Key to Instability in Afghanistan? Not So Fast

Different from the earlier narrative that China was free-riding from U.S. war efforts in Afghanistan, more recent developments have focused on China’s expanding political involvement, deepening security ties, and economic investments in Afghanistan. Ho…

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Yun Sun quoted in Voice of America on the South China Sea

China is expanding its presence in the South China Sea with plans to build an underwater observation system and to send tourists to the disputed areas. -snip- “I think the military element is part of it, but the civilian part of it is not negligib…

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Yun Sun quoted in Voice of America on Planned Chinese Observation Network in the South China Sea

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — An underwater observation network planned as the first project of its kind in the South China Sea will reassert Beijing’s sovereignty over the disputed body of water while offering the country information valuable for oil explorat…

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Yun Sun quoted in ABC-CBN News on Chinese Foreign Aid

For developing economies like the Philippines, development aid and investment flows from China are an attractive proposition that could energize a range of productive sectors. -snip- “China frequently provides low-interest loans to nations who rely on…

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Yun Sun Interviewed on Chinese Presidential Term Limits

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Aung San Suu Kyi and the peace process

If things happen as planned, Myanmar will hold the second 21st Century Panglong Conference by mid-March. Also known as the Union Peace Conference, it is modeled on the 1947 meeting between ethnic leaders and independence hero General Aung San, father o…

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Uncertain Futures: China, Trump and the Two Koreas

At the beginning of the Trump administration, the situation on the Korean peninsula is highly uncertain and potentially volatile. During a late January research trip to Beijing, “uncertainty” and “concerns” were the keywords that best characterized how…

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Yun Sun quoted in Yonhap News on China Sanctions

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) — U.S. “secondary sanctions” on Chinese firms doing business with North Korea would more likely to backfire rather than achieve the goal of inducing Beijing to render greater cooperation in efforts to rein in Pyongyang, an…

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Yun Sun quoted in Straits Times on China-US Relations

China has reacted positively to US President Donald Trump’s letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping, saying the American President’s Chinese New Year greeting was “highly appreciated”. -snip- Meanwhile, Ms Yun Sun, a fellow at the Stimson Centre in Wash…

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The Heat: Exploring China

China rings in the Year of the Rooster with a big Spring Festival Celebration. But Spring Festival isn’t the only big story in China right now – President Xi Jinping just wrapped up a visit to Europe, the economy has been declared the world’s fast…

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Yun Sun quoted in The Diplomat on

China’s recent decision to exclude the Nu River in China (also known as the Upper Salween) from their dam-building program highlights Beijing’s contradictory support for dam projects downstream in the ethnic states of Myanmar. -snip- Sun Yun, a Senior…

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Yun Sun quoted in Voice of America on US and China on South China Sea

Many thought trade would be the first area in which the administration of President Donald Trump could see tensions rising with China. On the campaign trail, Trump talked constantly about China and jobs, and pledged to label Beijing a currency manipula…

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Yun Sun quoted in Voice of America on Technology in the South China Sea

China has taken a wide technological lead to help bolster its control over much of Asia’s most contested tract of sea, an advantage that analysts say will help keep less equipped countries away from Beijing’s massive maritime claims. -snip- “China can…

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Sino-Russia Strategic Alignment and Potential Impact of a Trump Presidency

Rarely has any issue been more polarising than the assessment of Sino-Russia relations in recent years. Analysts and observers are either convinced of another emerging Sino-Russia alliance against the West, or dismissive of any meaningful, sustainable…

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Yun Sun quoted in Straits Times on China and Trade

The Affordable Care Act has resulted in  an estimated 20 million people gaining health insurance coverage between 2010, when it was passed, and early 2016 – what the US Department of Health and Human Services calls a “historic reduction…

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Yun Sun quoted in Forbes on Park Geun-hye

South Korea’s National Assembly voted today to impeach the nation’s first female president Park Geun-hye over the bizarre influence-peddling scandal involving her close advisor Choi Soon-sil that prompted weeks of mass protests. The nation’s…

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Yun Sun quoted in IRIN News on China potentially increasing humanitarian support

China’s latest “white paper” is another sign of the country’s decision to play a larger role in global affairs. It comes after statements from US president-elect Donald Trump that suggest he will lead his country in retreat from internationalism. Can C…

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Yun Sun quoted in South China Morning Post on Chinese immigrants and Myanmar

Huang Yanling’s grandparents had thought they could never return home to China when they sought asylum in Myanmar almost six decades ago. The pair from Tengchong, in Yunnan ( 雲南 ) province, were driven out of the country along with count…

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Yun Sun quoted in The Straits Times on Trump’s Taiwan call

United States President-elect Donald Trump is “well aware” of what the US stance has been on Taiwan and is “not trying to make policy or make waves”, his adviser Kellyanne Conway said after he broke with decades of American foreign policy to speak with…

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Yun Sun quoted in USA Today on South Korean politics affecting US relations

The pro-U.S. foreign policy of South Korean President Park Geun Hye is at risk now that she appears to be on her way out over a growing corruption scandal. Park, whose approval ratings are an abysmal 4%, faces possible impeachment by South Korea’s…

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China’s Calculated Moves in Syria

More than five years have passed since the beginning of the Syrian civil war. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost. Millions have been forced to leave their homes and become refugees. While the U.S. and Russia have often been on the frontline…

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Yun Sun op-ed in China Focus on China’s calculated moves in Syria

More than five years have passed since the beginning of the Syrian civil war. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost. Millions have been forced to leave their homes and become refugees. While the U.S. and Russia have often been on the frontline…

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China Revels In Philippines’ About-Face, But Will It Last?

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of a “separation” from its long time ally the United States and his observation that America has “lost” the battle for influence in the Pacific reveals a deeply embedded, complex p…

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Yun Sun op-ed in Breaking Defense on China’s reaction to Philippines’ “separation” from the US

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of a “separation” from its long time ally the United States and his observation that America has “lost” the battle for influence in the Pacific reveals a deeply embedded, complex p…

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Yun Sun quoted in Voice of America on China’s use of ecological protection in disputed waters

TAIPEI — China’s public order to keep away from a rare, environmentally unique ocean sinkhole in the Paracel Islands signals a new effort to tighten its grip on a tract of water disputed with Vietnam and monitored by the United States. The Chinese…

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Yun Sun interviewed for CCTV-America on the role of China in BRICS

Amid a sluggish global economy and growing threat of terrorism, leaders of BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – met to discuss how to tackle the challenges they face. CCTV’s Shweta Bajaj attended the summit in Goa, India and…

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Yun Sun quoted in Newsweek on US presidential nominees and China

Joy Zhuang is well placed to judge how Chinese people might react to the next US president. She has been following the election campaign and writes a weekly column about Hillary Clinton for Globus, an international news project under Caixin Media. The…

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Yun Sun quoted in Forbes on an unfilled sinkhole in the South China Sea

China has reclaimed between 2,900 and 3,200 acres (1,294 hectares) of land in a widely disputed sea off its south coast, outraging neighbors. Anger crested in Vietnam in 2014 with deadly anti-Beijing protests as the Philippines was asking theworld arbi…

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Yun Sun cited in Consumnes Connection on North Korea rocket tests

While North Korea is interested in launching geostationary satellites, South Korean military spokesman Jeon Ha-gyu said North Korea was likely testing essential technology for a long-range missile, Reuters reports. -snip-…

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Yun Sun quoted in Japan Times on Chinese warplanes flying through Okinawa strait

The Air Self-Defense Force scrambled aircraft on Sunday as at least eight Chinese fighters and bombers — and possibly more than 40 — passed through a critical international entryway into the Western Pacific. They used a legal but politically sensitive…

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Yun Sun cited in CNBC on North Korea nuclear test

North Korea’s nuclear test this month was its fifth in only 10 years, but technological advances by the isolated communist state have former diplomats concerned that the latest blast is anything but more of the same. -snip- Part of the challenge w…

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A Fourth Option for Myitsone: China’s View

Discussion about a fourth option for the Myitsone dam project has generated great interest in Myanmar and China since late June. The fourth option – outlined in a commentary by Mr Joern Kristensen in the June 30 issue of Frontier – calls…

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s Visit to Beijing: Recalibrating Myanmar’s China Policy

Aung San Suu Kyi and her NLD government faced a tough situation with China at the time of their inauguration in March. But, as she visits Beijing this week, hopes are high again in China that a redirection of Myanmar’s foreign policy could be underway…

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Rising Sino-Japanese Competition in Africa

On August 27 and 28, the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) was held in Nairobi, Kenya—the first time the TICAD has been hosted in Africa since its inception in 1993. During the forum, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo…

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Yun Sun cited in Radio Free Asia on Russia-China Relationship

Nearly three decades ago, I traveled as a reporter with a delegation from the Soviet Union seeking trade and assistance from China. -snip- Sun Yun, senior associate at the Washington-based Stimson Center and a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Instit…

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Yun Sun quoted in Frontier Myanmar on China officials meeting with Myanmar ethnic armed groups

YANGON — Special Envoy Sun Guoxiang and other senior Chinese officials met with two of Myanmar’s strongest ethnic armed groups on August 24, two days after Daw Aung San Suu Kyi returned from her first visit to China as head of Myanmar’s government…

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Yun Sun cited in People’s Daily on the Hangzhou G20 Summit

Group of Twenty (G20) summit to be held in Hangzhou, the guests will usher in leaders of Egypt, Senegal, Chad, Laos, Thailand and other participants, will present the interests of developing countries, developing countries issued a prominent feature of…

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Yun Sun cited in The Daily Caller on China-US Relations

While flash points in Asia with the potential to trigger a conflict between the U.S. and China are growing, a few foreign policy experts argue that the U.S. and China are actually moving farther from war. -snip- Senior Associate Yun Sun, a scholar…

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Yun Sun quoted in ASEAN Today on Aung San Suu Kyi and China

When China’s foreign minister became the first foreign dignitary to visit Myanmar after Aung San Suu Kyi was elected, the $3.6 billion Chinese-financed Myitsone Dam project did not sit high on the agenda. Four months later, when Suu Kyi made her f…

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Yun Sun quoted in Voice of America on Aung San Suu Kyi

WASHINGTON – Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday, ending a five-day visit to China, during which she met with a number of Chinese leaders to discuss the Myanmar peace process, bilateral economic and trade relations and other issues involving…

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Yun Sun quoted in Radio Free Asia on Myanmar and China

Myanmar State Counselor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi agreed with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday to work together find a solution to the issue of the stalled Myitsone Dam project, though she did not commit to allowing the project to res…

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Yun Sun op-ed in Transnational Institute on Aung San Suu Kyi’s Visit to Beijing

Aung San Suu Kyi and her NLD government faced a tough situation with China at the time of their inauguration in March. But, as she visits Beijing this week, hopes are high again in China that a redirection of Myanmar’s foreign policy could be underway…

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Yun Sun op-ed in Asia and the Pacific Policy Society on the South China Sea

Contrary to wide-spread speculation, tensions in the South China Sea did not peak after the July 12 ruling by the arbitral tribunal: so far, China has not announced the creation of a South China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone, nor has it…

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Yun Sun op-ed in The Irrawaddy on the UWSA and the peace process

It is looking increasingly likely that the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the National Democratic Alliance Army—or “Mongla Group”—will participate in and support the 21st Century Panglong peace conference scheduled for late August. Recently, senior de…

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The UWSA and the Peace Process

It is looking increasingly likely that the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the National Democratic Alliance Army—or “Mongla Group”—will participate in and support the 21st Century Panglong peace conference scheduled for late August. Recently, senior de…

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The sword of Damocles still hangs over the South China Sea

Contrary to wide-spread speculation, tensions in the South China Sea did not peak after the July 12 ruling by the arbitral tribunal: so far, China has not announced the creation of a South China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone, nor has it…

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Yun Sun op-ed in The Cipher Brief on China and the U.S. election

As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump enter the final stage of the presidential campaign, China watches their foreign policy statements closely for indications of their future positions on China. Such a keen interest is well-justified, since a new admini…

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China and the U.S. Election

As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump enter the final stage of the presidential campaign, China watches their foreign policy statements closely for indications of their future positions on China. Such a keen interest is well-justified, since a new admini…

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Yun Sun quoted in The Straits Times on Possible Maritime Dispute after ASEAN Meeting

Asean foreign ministers begin annual discussions in Laos today under intense scrutiny amid rising acrimony over the South China Sea. A key concern is whether the territorial dispute will further splinter the 10-nation bloc and undermine its relevance….

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Yun Sun Interviewd by Voice of America Burmese on Suu Kyi visit to China

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Yun Sun quoted in United Press International on ASEAN Meeting and the South China Sea

ASEAN foreign ministers are beginning their annual negotiations in Laos amid intensive and growing frustration over the gridlock created by China’s stance on territorial ownership of islands in the South China Sea. The diplomats will decide whether to…

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Yun Sun quoted in Myanmar Times on Myanmar and South China Sea

Myanmar is not a claimant in the dispute, but during its turn as ASEAN chair in 2014 it oversaw a tougher line on China than under the previous, more subservient chair Cambodia. During a foreign ministers’ meeting in 2014, ASEAN issued a statement…

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Yun Sun quoted in Myanmar Times on China-Myanmar Relations

In what seems likely to be a concerted and protracted charm offensive, China has been inviting hundreds of Myanmar opinion-formers to “improve understanding” on their part of China’s intentions. China is telling Myanmar that it knows Myanmar has c…

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The Heat: Putin in China

On the heels of the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin to Beijing Saturday. The two leaders signed more than 30 deals including bilateral investments in energy, agricu…

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Yun Sun quoted in Washington Times on China Joining in U.S. Navy-led Excercise

A contingent of five Chinese warships is set to sail alongside U.S. and allied vessels when the world’s biggest maritime naval exercises kick off Thursday — despite rising tensions and occasional standoffs between Chinese and U.S. forces in the increas…

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Yun Sun quoted in The Manila Times on US-China naval exercises

In a rare move that analysts say could ease soaring tensions between Washington and Beijing, five warships from China’s navy have taken part in training exercises with US vessels while en route from the western Pacific to Hawaii for the biennial R…

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Yun Sun quoted in Japan Times on China Joining U.S.-Led Naval Exercises

In a rare move that analysts say could ease soaring tensions between Washington and Beijing, five warships from China’s navy have taken part in training exercises with U.S. vessels while en route from the western Pacific to Hawaii for the biennial Rim…

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Yun Sun interviewed by CCTV on Putin’s Visit to China

On the heels of the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin to Beijing Saturday. To watch the video click here. 

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Yun Sun quoted in Nikkei Asian Review on Myistone Hydropower Project and China

Since its suspension five years ago, the $3.6 billion Myitsone hydropower project has come to symbolize the bad old days in Myanmar. -snip- Yun Sun, a fellow at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC, said it all amounted to an attempt to regain influenc…

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Yun Sun quoted in Gosport Times on ASEAN and South China Sea

The case before The Hague tribunal, filed by the Philippines, centers on the applicability of China’s vaguely drawn “nine-dash line” boundary claim in the South China Sea under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. It’s unclear why preci…

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Yun Sun quoted in the Associated Press on the South China Sea

BEIJING (AP) — Even before a ruling, China may have lost by refusing to cooperate with a U.N. arbitration tribunal over its South China Sea claims. Yet Beijing seems prepared to absorb the cost to its reputation, confident that in terms of territory a…

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Chinese Perspectives Towards the Korean Peninsula

Despite the seeming ambiguities and contradictions of China’s policy toward the North and South Koreas, especially under the Xi Jinping administration and in light of Pyongyang’s latest nuclear developments, China’s cost-benefit analysis on the Korean…

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China’s Perspectives Towards the Korean Peninsula

By Yun Sun: After two decades of efforts to engage China on the North Korea nuclear issue, Western observers are finally coming to terms with the fact that China’s policy towards the Korean Peninsula has its own logic and rationality is fundamentally d…

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Yun Sun quoted in Wall Street Journal on China-Myanmar Relations

Dong Yunfei, manager of a Chinese state-run copper mine here in the heat-baked center of Myanmar, says his company owes its success to an unlikely ally: Aung San Suu Kyi, the former dissident who is now the country’s de facto leader. The mine, a symbol…

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Yun Sun quoted in Boxun News on Cam Ranh Bay

越南军方领导人日前再次邀请中国军舰访问越南的重要国际港口金兰湾 (Cam Ranh Bay),而美军能否进入金兰湾也是美越关系的关键话题。有分析称,金兰湾是越南用来制衡中国的重要筹码,越南借此将与中国在南中国海的争议国际化,但是也有人说,越南对包括中国和美国的所有国家开放金兰湾,显示越南并不想激怒中国,这是越南在改善对美关系的同时也向中国示好。 -snip- 华盛顿智库史汀生中心(Stimson Center)的高级研究员孙韵解释说:“中国说,越南要把金兰湾用到极致,它的意思是说,越南在国际关系中一…

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Yun Sun interviewed in CCTV on US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

High level officials from China and the United States met in Beijing to discuss a number of economic and geopolitical issues. It was 2009 when Chinese President Hu Jintao and U.S. President Barack Obama established what has now become the annual, high-…

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Yun Sun quoted in 多维新闻网 on US-China-Vietnam relations

6月7日的头条关注希拉里锁定提名,该报道称,希拉里(Hillary Clinton)周二在新泽西州初选中获胜,随后发表讲话,宣布自己获得民主党总统候选人提名。她对桑德斯表示了赞扬,呼吁他的支持者加入到对抗特朗普的阵营中。 -snip- 美国之音6月7日报道称,华盛顿智库史汀生中心(Stimson Center)的高级研究员孙韵认为越南现在的心态就是“亲美亡党, 亲华亡国。”她解释说,如果要是和美国太接近的话,越南共产党的执政地位就会有问题;如果和中国太接近,那么国家独立和主权完整也会受到一定的威胁。…

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Yun Sun quoted in Voice of America on US-China-Vietnam relations

越南軍方領導人日前再次邀請中國軍艦訪問越南的重要國際港口金蘭灣。有分析稱,金蘭灣是越南用來製衡中國的重要籌碼,越南藉此將與中國在南中國海的爭議國際化,但是也有人說,越南對包括中國和美國的所有國家開放金蘭灣,顯示越南並不想激怒中國,這是越南在改善對美關係的同時也向中國示好。 -snip- 華盛頓智庫史汀生中心(Stimson Center)的高級研究員孫韻解釋說:“中國說,越南要把金蘭灣用到極致,它的意思是說,越南在國際關係中一貫把金蘭灣作為籌碼,去拉攏與俄國和美國的關係,現在又把中國拉進來,實際上是…

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Yun Sun op-ed in Pacific Forum CSIS on China’s perspective on US-Vietnam rapproachement

President Barack Obama’s trip to Vietnam last month and the lifting of the arms embargo is an important and historical turning point in US relations with Vietnam. While media and observers have generally interpreted the rapprochement as targeting China…

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Yun Sun quoted in Voice of America Burmese on China-Myanmar Relations

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Yun Sun quoted in Radio Free Asia

앵커: 중국의 시진핑 국가주석이 북한의 리수용 노동당 중앙위원회 부위원장을 만난 것은 중국이 대북 영향력을 복원해 북핵 협상 재개를 도모하기 위한 것이란 분석이 나왔습니다. 양성원 기자가 전해드립니다. To read the full article click here.

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Yun Sun cited in KBS World Radio on North Korea-China Relations

The Voice of America(VOA) on Friday reported expert opinions that rapid progress in North Korea-China relations is unlikely despite a recent visit to China by a top North Korean official.   -snip- According to the U.S. international broadcaster, Y…

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Yun Sun quoted in Voice of America

시진핑 중국 국가주석이 북한 노동당 대표단을 만난 것은 북-중 관계 정상화 의지와 더불어 양국 관계가 그리 나쁘지 않다는 것을 외부에 보내려는 신호라고 미 전문가들이 분석했습니다. 하지만 당장 북-중 관계가 급진전되거나 김정은 노동장 위원장의 방중이 성사될 가능성은 매우 적다는 게 전문가들의 전망입니다. 김영권 기자가 전문가들의 견해를 들어봤습니다. To read the full article click here. 

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Yun Sun quoted in Korea Times on Chinese President Xi Jinping

When Xi Jinping became the Chinese Communist Party chief, many South Korean observers expected that he would be tough on North Korea. As an increasingly confident superpower, China wouldn’t tolerate the wanton behavior of its smaller neighbor, especial…

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Yun Sun interviewed in Voice of America on China-Myanmar Relations

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Yun Sun quoted in Bangkok Post on Asean naval exercise with China

China is stepping up its efforts in resolving the disputes in the South China Sea by calling for a joint military exercise with all Southeast Asian nations.  -snip- Yun Sun, of the Washington-based Henry L Stimson Centre, said China wanted to rall…

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Yun sun quoted in China Times on Shangri-La Security Summit

菲律賓提出的南海主權仲裁案裁決結果即將出爐,而美國總統歐巴馬最近在亞洲行中,宣佈徹底解除河內武器禁運,與聲索國之一的越南加強軍事合作。另一方面,日本在「七大工業國集團」(G7)峰會期間,在北京沒有代表與會的情況下,也和歐巴馬等與會國領袖就南海情勢發表了聯合聲明,令北京極度不快,要G7致力處理好集團內部的事,不要對其他國家和不該管的事情指手畫腳。 To read the full article click here.

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Yun Sun quoted in Myanmar Times on relations between Russia and Myanmar

Just weeks after parliament approved closer Myanmar-Russia military relations – with some MPs saying it would help to “upgrade” the Tatmadaw – President U Htin Kyaw shook hands with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at the Russia-ASEAN summit in Sochi….

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China’s Unbecoming Ally

North Korea held its Seventh Workers’ Party Congress last week. The primary focus of the Congress was to consolidate Kim Jong-un’s domestic power base and clarify the policy direction for the country’s future development.  Based on the statements…

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Yun Sun quoted in the Cipher Brief on North Korea

The 7th North Korean Workers’ Party (WPK) Congress –the first event of its kind in 36 years– began and ended with the flair for the dramatic we have come to expect from the reclusive communist state. Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un dialed up the part…

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The Heat: The Impact of Donald Trump on US Foreign Policy

Donald Trump delivered his foreign policy address – covering everything from the Middle East to China and Russia to NATO’s influence. His “America first” philosophy is shorthand for what Trump’s vision for the role of the United States in the world. Do…

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Yun Sun interviewed in CCTV America on Donald Trump and US foreign policy

To discuss Donald Trump’s foreign policy proposals: Yun Sun is with the East Asia program at the Stimson Center. Alexander Nekrassov is a former adviser to the Russian government. Holger Stark is the Washington correspondent for Der Spiegel….

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Yun Sun quoted in The National on Chinese regulations

-snip- “Foreign companies feel they are vulnerable towards potential scrutiny and even attacks by Chinese authorities,” Yun Sun, a senior associate with the East Asia programme at the Washington think tank Stimson Center, toldThe National tod…

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Yun Sun quoted in Voice of America on Letpadaung Mine

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Yun Sun quoted in BBC on Sino-US Relations

不过,在里根入住白宫才一年多后,他的政府就放弃了向台湾出售战机的计划,而美国与台湾的关系自断交后就再也没有恢复。1982年,中美两国在签署的《公报》中指出,美国“无意侵犯中国的主权和领土完整,无意干涉中国的内政,也无意执行‘两个中国’或‘一中一台’政策。” Read the full article here.

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The Heat: China-Myanmar Relations

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi traveled to Myanmar two weeks ago pledging friendship and cooperation between the two countries. Wang met with his Myanmar counterpart, Aung San Suu Kyi, the first visit he’s made since Myanmar’s president was sworn int…

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Yun Sun quoted in Ifeng Weekly

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Yun Sun’s Op-ed in The Bangkok Post on China’s Peace Process

Five days after the inauguration of the National League of Democracy (NLD) government, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Myanmar at the invitation of party head Aung San Suu Kyi.  Read the full article here.

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Yun Sun quoted in Toutiao

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Yun Sun quoted in Myanmar Times on Chinese Foreign Minister’s Visit to Myanmar

-snip- Yun Sun, an analyst at the Stimson Center, a Washington think-tank, described Mr Wang’s visit as “really quite a show of friendliness”. Read more here.

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China to enhance its role in Myanmar’s peace process

Five days after the inauguration of the National League of Democracy (NLD) government, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Myanmar at the invitation of party head Aung San Suu Kyi.  Knowing that the peace process will be a top priority for th…

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Yun Sun quoted in Agence France-Presse on China’s Role in Myanmar’s Peace Process

-snip- Yun Sun from the Stimson Center’s East Asia Program said discussions were likely to focus on China’s role in Myanmar’s peace process as well as in its economic development.  Read more here.

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Yun Sun quoted in Voice of America on Chinese Foreign Minister Visiting Myanmar

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Yun Sun interviewed in Voice of America China

世界核安全峰会星期五晚间结束,会后发表的联合公报强调核武器落入恐怖主义手中的危险以及防止核不扩散原则的重要性,东道主奥巴马总统还在记者会上列举了过去六年核安全峰会在加强核安全问题上的成果。但国际舆论似乎比以往更加担心核扩散以及核战争的危险。 Watch the full interview here.

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Yun Sun quoted in Voice of America on NLD and China

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Yun Sun cited in Foreign Policy Association

-snip- China’s willingness to meddle in Myanmar’s internal affairs extends to its involvement in ethnic conflicts in the northern Kachin and Kokang regions bordering the country’s southwestern Yunnan Province, and includes arming ethnic rebel groups an…

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Yun Sun quoted in Le Monde on the South China Sea

-snip- Pékin considère que son agressivité paie, soutient la chercheuse sino-américaine Yun Sun, du Stimson Center, à Washington. Grâce à la construction d’îles artificielles, « la Chine a affirmé sa présence sur un périmètre plus large qu’au…

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Yun Sun quoted in The Cipher Brief on China and alliance relationships

-snip- While Russia and China need each other on the international scene, their cooperation is far from an alliance. Yun Sun, a Senior Associate at the Stimson Center, told The Cipher Brief, “China has no intention to rebuild the kind of alliance relat…

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A Calculated Relationship

The Western perceptions of China-Russia relations tend to be polarized. In the aftermath of the Ukraine crisis, the pessimists see another Sino-Russia alliance emerging with strategic and political ambitions in Eurasia against the democratic free world…

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Yun Sun quoted in The Korea Times on China and peace

-snip- “China has always argued that ‘peace’ is important,” Yun Sun, a senior associate with the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C., told The Korea Times. “By that, they mean a peace treaty between the U.S. and North Korea. They identify that the lack…

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Yun Sun’s Op-ed in Irrawaddy on Myanmar’s first big test

As the inauguration date of the new Myanmar government draws close, one of the most urgent questions that the incoming National League for Democracy (NLD) administration will have to answer concerns the fate of the suspended Myitsone dam project in Kac…

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Myitsone: The Incoming NLD Govt’s First Big Test

As the inauguration date of the new Myanmar government draws close, one of the most urgent questions that the incoming National League for Democracy (NLD) administration will have to answer concerns the fate of the suspended Myitsone dam project in Kac…

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Yun Sun quoted in The Wall Street Journal on Kyaukphyu

-snip- “After suffering so much loss in Myanmar, Kyaukphyu has become a symbol, a must-have, a demonstration of China’s continued presence and influence in the country,” said Yun Sun, an expert on Myanmar-China relations at the Washington, D.C.-based S…

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Yun Sun quoted in BBC on Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

華盛頓智庫史汀生中心(Stimson Center)的外交與安全政策專家孫韻對BBC中文網表示,「中國在軍事化一詞上玩文字遊戲。」 Read the full article here.

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Yun Sun quoted in Radio Free Asia on North Korea’s trade relation to China

President Barack Obama imposed tough new unilateral U.S. sanctions against North Korea to press the country tostop its nuclear weapons program, signing into law a bill that enjoyed near unanimous support in Congress following nuclear and missile tests…

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Chinese missile crisis? Escalation over disputed China Sea islands

Reports have emerged that China has set up a missile launch base on Woody Island, part of an archipelago disputed with Taiwan and Vietnam. This comes just as the US President was wrapping up an ASEAN summit to strengthen ties after the recent Trans-Pac…

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Yun Sun quoted in Myanmar Times on ASEAN’s growth

On the second day of the US-ASEAN summit, leaders at the Sunnylands resort in California put their heads together to formulate a common stance on the conflicting claims laid onislands in the South China Sea. The topic, which pits China and the Phi…

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Yun Sun interviewed in France 24 on South China Sea Tensions

Reports have emerged that China has set up a missile launch base on Woody Island, part of an archipelago disputed with Taiwan and Vietnam. This comes just as the US President was wrapping up an ASEAN summit to strengthen ties after the recent Trans-Pac…

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Yun Sun quoted in International Business Times on U.S. engagement with ASEAN

-snip- “Both U.S. and China respect the ‘ASEAN centrality’ in regional affairs,” Yun Sun, who covers East Asia in the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, said in an email to IBT, adding U.S. engagement with ASEAN isn’t aimed at China. “I would not a…

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Yun Sun quoted in Wall Street Journal on China’s ties in Southeast Asia

HELLFIRE PASS, Thailand—Seventy years after the end of World War II, plans are again being laid to build a railway through the thick jungle separating Thailand from what was then Burma. -snip- “The world is likely to see a new but somewhat different su…

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Yun Sun Quoted In Sputnik International On China’s Economic Growth

MOSCOW (Sputnik), Alexander Mosesov – According to data provided by the National Bureau of Statistics of China, the country’s annual growth rate in 2015 was the worst in 25 years, at 6.9 percent of GDP compared to 7.3 the previous year. -snip- Yun Sun,…

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Yun Sun quoted in Voice of America on North Korea and Beijing

While the U.S. Congress is pushing ahead on legislation that seeks to increase sanctions on North Korea for its purported nuclear test last week, experts say strong economic sanctions are key to the effort. -snip- Yun Sun, a senior associate with the S…

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Analysis Of State Of The Union Address

Following last night’s State of the Union address — the last of Barack Obama’s presidency — experts from the nonpartisan Stimson Center analyze and provide context on the president’s remarks: Johan Bergenas, Director, Partnerships in Security…

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Yun Sun interviewed in Voice of America on Chinese reactions to North Korea

중국은 북한의 4차 핵 실험에 크게 동요하지 않고 있으며 북한 정권의 생존을 위협하는 제재에 여전히 소극적이라는 관측이 나왔습니다. 윤 선 미국 스팀슨연구소 선임 연구원은 8일 ‘VOA’와의 인터뷰에서 북한 핵 실험 당시 베이징에 머물며 접한 중국 조야의 반응을 이렇게 묘사했습니다. 중국 출신으로 브루킹스 연구소 객원 연구원을 역임한 윤 선 연구원은 중국 현지에서 본 북-중 관계의 현주소와 미국의 대북제재 압박에 대한 중국 당국의 입장을 전했는데요…

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Yun Sun quoted in Straits Times on ASEAN and China

Avoiding conflict in the disputed South China Sea – where China has in recent days conducted three test flights on a newly built airstrip on a reef it reinforced recently – is becoming an increasingly acute diplomatic challenge, analysts say. -snip- Ms…

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Turning the tide in the South China Sea

By China’s standards, 2015 was a year of success in the festering South China Sea debate China’s activities in the South China Sea have created a new status quo in the region, writes Yun Sun. It was an eventful year for the South China Sea in 2015. Reg…

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Yun Sun quoted in Straits Times on the South China Sea

There is this desert fable about a wealthy Arab who bequeaths 17 camels to his three sons, with instructions that the eldest be given half the lot, the middle son a third, while the youngest is to get a ninth as his share. -snip- To an extent, let’s fa…

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Yun Sun’s Article in Policy Forum on the South China Sea

It was an eventful year for the South China Sea in 2015. Regardless of how outside observers might judge China’s land reclamation in the area, from a Chinese perspective the campaign achieved its goals: China has asserted its newly-enlarged presence in…

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China-Myanmar Relations Under the NLD

The National League for Democracy (NLD), the party of Aung San Suu Kyi, won a landslide electoral victory in Myanmar’s general elections. How will China approach relations with Myanmar under its first democratically elected government, and what approac…

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Yun Sun Interviewed In The Diplomat On China-Myanmar Relations

The National League for Democracy (NLD), the party of Aung San Suu Kyi, won a landslide electoral victory in Myanmar’s general elections. How will China approach relations with Myanmar under its first democratically elected government, and what approac…

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Yun Sun Quoted In Deutsche Welle US Arms Sales To Taiwan

For the first time in four years, the White House has approved a major arms sale to Taiwan. The arms deal comes during a period of historic reconciliation between China and Taiwan, with elections just around the corner. -snip-   “If the US announc…

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Yun Sun Quoted In UCANews On China’s Economic Development

In a little noticed global summit ending Dec. 16, a grouping of among the world’s most authoritarian nations presented a cheery, united front after talks ended in Wuzhen, China. -snip-     “China’s theory is that with economic developmen…

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Yun Sun Quoted In The Myanmar Times On NLD’s Decision With China

For both sides the pendulum hinges on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and whether she will sacrifice a site of great environmental and cultural significance, or choose instead to risk alienating China. Either way, she doesn’t have much time. When her National Le…

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Yun Sun Quoted In Taipei Times On Cross-Strait Relations

US attention to Taiwan is “weak” and is likely to remain that way even if Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) is elected president next month, a leading academic in Washington said this week. -snip-   Yun Sun, a senio…

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Yun Sun’s Op-Ed In Asia Times On China’s Relations With Myanmar

With the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) landslide victory in the general elections in November, China expects a new page in Myanmar’s domestic politics and foreign policy under the new government to be inaugurated at the end of March 2016. The N…

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Yun Sun Cited In Focus Taiwan On U.S. Policy Towards Taiwan

Washington, Dec. 8 (CNA) Even with a change of administration in Taiwan after the 2016 presidential election, “the current conditions seem insufficient to change existing patterns of cautious U.S. policies to Taiwan,” said Professor Robert Sutter of Ge…

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China’s relations with Myanmar: Does an NLD government mark a new era?

With the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) landslide victory in the general elections in November, China expects a new page in Myanmar’s domestic politics and foreign policy under the new government to be inaugurated at the end of March 2016. The N…

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Yun Sun Quoted In Bloomberg On China And The G-20

As China takes the reins of the Group of 20 for the coming year, the first indications are emerging of its agenda. -snip- “We have seen China grasping every multilateral occasion to enhance its image and leadership role, be it regionally or globally,”…

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Xi and the 6th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation: Major commitments, but with questions

On December 4 and 5, South Africa hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping in Johannesburg for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). Notably, going above and beyond its tradition of doubling financing commitment to Africa at each FOCAC meeting, Chi…

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Yun Sun quoted in The Myanmar Times on Myanmar-China relations

The National League for Democracy leader was also quoted as saying in an interview with China’s state-run agency after her election triumph that Myanmar welcomed foreign investment, including from China. But she stressed it was imperative that inv…

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Yun Sun quoted in Deutsche Welle on U.S.- China tensions

After months of observation, the United States made its move. The USS Lassen, a guided-missile destroyer, passed within 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers) of an artificial island built by Beijing in the South China Sea. “We are asserting the p…

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Yun Sun quoted in The Straits Times on UK-China relations

In the weeks leading up to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the United States last month, Washington was talking openly about the possibility of imposing sanctions on Chinese entities responsible for launching cyber attacks – a sign…

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China aims to forge ties as elections loom

Recognising the problems in its previous policy toward Myanmar under its military government, over the past three years China has enhanced its public diplomacy efforts in Myanmar, improved the behaviours and local outreach of its companies and diversif…

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Yun Sun’s Op-ed in Bangkok Post on China- Myanmar relations

Since the beginning of Myanmar’s reforms in 2011, China has encountered new realities and challenges in the country. As a result of intensive policy introspection, China adopted a series of policy adjustments toward Myanmar.  Recognising the…

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Sino-Myanmar Relations in Myanmar’s Election Year

Yun Sun, Senior Associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center, explains that “While China is generally confident that no president of Myanmar will pursue a hostile policy toward China or completely ignore China’s preferences, it also recognizes that his/her…

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The domestic controversy over China’s foreign aid and the implications for Africa

During his visit to the United Nations just last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping made major pledges in foreign aid. This included $2 billion to the new South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund, debt forgiveness for least-developed countries, an…

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China-Russia relations: alignment without alliance

Western assessments of the China-Russia relationship generally reach one of two conclusions: hyperventilation about a Beijing-Moscow alliance that aims to upend the existing international order or a blithe dismissal of a temporary meeting of minds and…

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Yun Sun’s Op-ed in Pacific Forum CSIS on China-Russia relations

Western assessments of the China-Russia relationship generally reach one of two conclusions: hyperventilation about a Beijing-Moscow alliance that aims to upend the existing international order or a blithe dismissal of a temporary meeting of minds and…

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China-Africa Think Tanks Forum: China broadens soft power campaigns in Africa

Early last month, more than a hundred Chinese and African think tank scholars and government officials participated in the Fourth China-Africa Think Tanks Forum, hosted this year by the South African government in Pretoria. The forum’s theme…

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Yun Sun Quoted In Straits Times On Xi Jinping’s Pledges

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged money and troops to the United Nations development and peacekeeping efforts as he used his maiden appearance at the UN General Assembly to present China as a benevolent global force. -snip- Senior associate with the…

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Yun Sun’s Academic Paper In KINU On Chinese Attitudes Toward Korean Unification

Although China officially supports unification of the Korean Peninsula, it essentially maintains a two Koreas policy. Beijing sustains this approach because even as the burdens and dangers of the status quo on the peninsula increase, it judges that the…

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China’s Preferred World Order: What Does China Want?

As the US and China prepare for President Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the United States, the world awaits the two leaders’ answers to long-standing issues in the bilateral relationship. In particular, there is great anticipation surrounding China…

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China’s 3 Desires: More Influence, More Respect, and More Space

As the U.S. and China prepare for President Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the United States, the world awaits the two leaders’ answers to long-standing issues in the bilateral relationship. In particular, there is great anticipation surrounding Chi…

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Yun Sun’s Op-ed in The National Interest regarding China

As the U.S. and China prepare for President Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the United States, the world awaits the two leaders’ answers to long-standing issues in the bilateral relationship. In particular, there is great anticipation surrounding Chi…

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Yun Sun’s Op-ed in Pacific Forum CSIS on China

As the US and China prepare for President Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the United States, the world awaits the two leaders’ answers to long-standing issues in the bilateral relationship. In particular, there is great anticipation surrounding China…

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Yun Sun quoted in The Straits Times on cyber issues in China

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are homing in on US tech giants during their visits to the United States this month. -snip- By organising the Seattle visit, “China wishes to demonstrate that, contrary to the US…

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Chinese Attitudes Toward Korean Unification

Below is an excerpt from “Chinese Attitudes toward Korean Unification,” written by Bonnie S. Glaser and Yun Sun, from the International Journal of Korean Unification Studies 24:2 (2015).  A core component of South Korean President Park Geun-h…

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How the International Community Changed China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

The AIIB today is very different from the AIIB China envisioned before March 2015. On June 29, China and 49 countries signed the Articles of Agreement (AOA) of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The event signifies the successful establis…

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Op-ed by Yun Sun in The Diplomat on China’s AIIB

On June 29, China and 49 countries signed the Articles of Agreement (AOA) of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The event signifies the successful establishment of the bank, moving the institution one step closer to the launch of operatio…

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China and the Changing Asian Infrastructure Bank

On June 29, China and 49 countries signed the Articles of Agreement (AOA) of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The event signifies the successful establishment of the bank, moving the institution one step closer to the launch of operatio…

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The Dangers of Chinese Interference in Illegal Logging Case

On Wednesday, the news that Burma had sentenced 153 illegal loggers from China to life imprisonment was splashed across Chinese media. The Chinese Embassy in Rangoon verified on the same day that the actual sentence was 20 years in prison, but launched…

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Op-ed by Yun Sun in The Irrawaddy on Chinese interference in Burma illegal logging case

On Wednesday, the news that Burma had sentenced 153 illegal loggers from China to life imprisonment was splashed across Chinese media. The Chinese Embassy in Rangoon verified on the same day that the actual sentence was 20 years in prison, but launched…

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Yun Sun quoted in China Daily USA on China’s role in the AIIB

The “father” of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank said he was motivated by three factors in bringing the concept to reality. -snip- Sun Yun, a Chinese foreign policy expert, said that the AIIB has evolved in response to international i…

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Yun Sun quoted in VOA China on Chinese non-interference in internal affairs (Chinese)

华盛顿-西方观察人士指出,为了保护中国海外投资和侨民的迅速增加,北京正在改变”不干涉内政”的原则。 -snip- 孙韵说:”从中国来讲,已所不欲,勿施于人,尤其是你开了以人权或政治理由来干涉其他国家内政,或者是武力干预这样的先河,中国最后可能会变成受害者。” To read the full article click here. 

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Yun Sun quoted in Eurasia Review on China’s response to the Kokang Conflict in Myanmar

On 9 February 2015 the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) led by Peng Jiasheng (also known as Phone Kyar Shin or Pheung Kya-shin) suddenly returned to Laukkai, the Kokang capital with an attack on government security forces there. Seriou…

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China’s foreign aid reform and implications for Africa

Over the past several years, an increasingly strong voice has risen in China calling for the reform of its foreign aid policies and systems. In response to this voice, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) initiated a campaign in 2014 to “comprehensively d…

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Yun Sun quoted in Asia One on US-China bilateral relations

THE high-level US-China meetings ended on Wednesday in much the same way they began: with leaders hailing the strong bilateral relationship while also taking jabs at each other on issues like maritime and cyber security. -snip- Said Stimson Centre seni…

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Yun Sun quoted in The Straits Times on US-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue

THE high-level US-China meetings ended on Wednesday in much the same way they began: with leaders hailing the strong bilateral relationship while also taking jabs at each other on issues like maritime and cyber security. -snip- Said Stimson Centre seni…

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Yun Sun quoted in L’Express on China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (French)

Avec la future BAII, créée pour investir dans des projets de développement asiatiques, Pékin remet en question le système financier issu de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Un geste qui, demain, marquera peut-être l’acte de naissance du XXIe siècle, celui d…

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Yun Sun quoted in The South China Morning Post on South China Sea island dispute

Senior officials from the world’s two biggest economies – China and the United States – are expected to have tough discussions about the mainland’s deployment plans for its artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea at this week’s bilatera…

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Yun Sun quoted in The Wall Street Journal on China-Myanmar foreign policy

The visit of Aung San Suu Kyi to Beijing this week illustrates a new willingness among Chinese leaders to engage with opposition figures in other countries, part of a new and more nuanced foreign policy to better protect China’s interests abroad. -snip…

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Yun Sun quoted in Le monde on Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to China (French)

L’opposante birmane et prix Nobel de la Paix Aung San Suu Kyi est arrivée mercredi 10 juin à Pékin pour sa première visite en Chine, qui s’achèvera dimanche. Sa visite était attendue, son parti, la Ligue nationale pour la démocratie (LND) ayant envoyé…

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Yun Sun quoted in The Financial Times on China-Myanmar relations

Aung San Suu Kyi’s first trip to Beijing is not quite a historic piece of Nixon-to-China diplomacy. But it is a fresh sign of the former political prisoner’s pragmatic preparations for power – and a symbol of the interests she shares with the Middle Ki…

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Yun Sun quoted in Middle East Institute on Chinese soft power

The Confucius Institute of the University of Dubai is housed in a building named Masaood, a tall structure found off a dusty roundabout about two miles west of the airport. On the day I visit, the UAE is observing National Day, and near the building’s…

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Yun Sun quoted in The Strait Times on China’s White Paper

BEIJING’S new policy paper outlining plans to boost China’s military presence in Asia landed with a thud in Washington, with administration officials and analysts taking turns to either criticise the document for its messages of expansive powers, dismi…

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Other perceptions of China: Views from Africa, Latin America, and Europe

China’s Asia-Pacific neighbors perceive its rise with a certain level of anxiety, stemming from China’s ambiguous strategic ambitions. Especially among some Asian countries and the United States, political and strategic concerns drive perceptions of Ch…

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Yun Sun op-ed in BBC China on China and the United States Presidential Campaign

在大选期间“敲打中国”(China Bashing) 似乎已经成为美国总统竞选的惯例。其敲打的内容从中国操纵汇率到中国的军事崛起,乃至中国对外贸易中不正当竞争,不一而足。敲打中国是候选人证明自己爱国的方式,也是赢取民众支持率的方式。虽然真正老辣的政客和清醒的顾问都了解简单地对华强硬并不能解决美国外交内政中的问题,但是这并不妨碍他们在国内竞选中把中国列为反面典型敲打。 Read the full article here. 

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Despite Objections, China’s Land Reclamation Difficult to Deter

Last week, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) issued one of its strongest statements yet on China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea, saying Beijing’s actions had “eroded trust and confidence and may undermine peace, se…

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Yun Sun Quoted In Myanmar Times On The Wa Summit In Myanmar

The United Wa State Army, the most powerful of Myanmar’s armed ethnic groups, today launches a week-long summit of selected factions to discuss the draft nationwide ceasefire agreement reached with the government on March 31.   -snip-   Yun S…

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Yun Sun Quoted In Deutsche Welle On Rebel Casualties In Myanmar

Myanmars umstrittene Minderheitenpolitik führt seit Jahrzehnten immer wieder zu Kämpfen zwischen verschiedenen ethnischen Milizen und den Regierungstruppen. Es geht um das Maß an Autonomie, das die Zentralregierung zugesteht und die Minderheiten forder…

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The Limits of U.S.-China Cooperation in Africa

For the past few years, calls for the U.S. and China to cooperate on security and development issues in Africa have been increasingly popular. American and Chinese think tanks have been keen on identifying common ground and issue areas in Africa in whi…

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Yun Sun quoted in New America on Xi’s Strategy in the South China Sea

In the South China Sea, a small part of the ocean is causing a big international dispute. The region is situated in the middle of vital shipping routs, and some estimates say that there are more oil reserves than all of Saudi Arabia, giving China the a…

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The UK signs on to AIIB

On 12 March 2015, the United Kingdom submitted its application to become a prospective founding member of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The application created a major diplomatic spat between the UK and the US. A spokesman…

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After Border Bombing, What’s Next for Burma and China?

On Mar. 13, a Myanmar warplane reportedly dropped a bomb in the Lincang county of Yunnan Province, killing four Chinese civilians. This might mark the worst day of Sino-Burmese relations since June 1967, when Chinese embassy in Rangoon was attacked and…

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China’s AIIB challenges

Since Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the establishment of an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) during his Southeast Asia trip in October 2013, China has dedicated significant political, economic, and diplomatic effort to ensuring a suc…

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Inserting Africa into China’s One Belt, One Road strategy: A new opportunity for jobs and infrastructure?

Since the introduction of One Belt, One Road as a national development strategy in 2013, China has been mobilizing its political, economic, and diplomatic resources to foster the positive reception of the strategy by the region. “One Belt, One Roa…

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The Kokang Conflict: How Will China Respond?

One week before the Chinese New Year, the former leader of the ethnic Kokang National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Peng Jiasheng, launched ferocious attacks on the government military in Kokang. Peng was driven out of power during the Kokang Incid…

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The Conflict in Northern Myanmar: Another American Anti-China Conspiracy?

Myanmar has been a hot topic among Chinese media, general public, and policy experts recently. The arrest of 155 Chinese illegal loggers, together with the resumed conflict in the Kachin State last month and in Kokang this month, pushed Myanmar higher…

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Illegal Logging in Myanmar and China’s Complicity

The recent escalation of tensions in northern Myanmar – resulting from the military’s crackdown on illegal logging – once again brought Myanmar to the top of China’s list of foreign policy priorities. Myanmar is the second-largest country in Southeast…

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The Guilty and the Innocent: China and Illegal Logging in Myanmar

The recent escalation of tensions in northern Myanmar as the result of the Myanmar military’s crackdown on illegal logging and timber trade once again pushed the issue of Myanmar high up on China’s foreign policy priorities. Some are worried about risi…

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China’s Approach to the Syrian Crisis: Beyond the United Nations

The war in Syria warrants a unique mention in the history of contemporary Chinese foreign policy. In the context of this crisis, never before has China exercised its UN Security Council veto power as many times as it has over Syria. Out of the ten veto…

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Yun Sun Quoted on China’s Influence in Zimbabwe

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