China’s notion of sovereignty – 独立自主

Source (Google maps) Sovereignty is a key concept within international relations. It is commonly used in the real world – it is enshrined within the workings of international institutions and has been a contested concept within the Brexit discourse and Chinese foreign policy. Sovereignty is also very common in International Relations discipline. It is aContinue reading “China’s notion of sovereignty – 独立自主”

Can the UNFCCC and COP ever succeed?

Source: UNClimateChange Written by James Lo UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is one of the most visible treaties aimed at tackling climate change in the world. With 197 parties to the convention and 165 signatories, it ranks among one of the most signed international treaties. Under the framework, the Conference of the PartiesContinue reading “Can the UNFCCC and COP ever succeed?”

Language in International Relations

Written by James Lo This is a post on how different languages used in International Relations can explain the same phenomenon but invoke different thoughts in the reader. Today I will compare terms in English and Chinese explaining the same scenario – when power is disproportionately concentrated in one country. In English, IR theorists useContinue reading “Language in International Relations”

Why isn’t China’s Belt and Road Initiative acting through the Asian Infrastructure Bank?

Image Source (UN Photo) Written by James Lo One question that was posed in class by Prof. Alden is why the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) mainly acted through the China Export and Import Bank (Exim Bank) and China Development Bank (CBD) rather than through the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Indeed, with the BRIContinue reading “Why isn’t China’s Belt and Road Initiative acting through the Asian Infrastructure Bank?”