April 2018

Pre-suasion: How the PRC Controls the Message on a Sino-US Trade War

By Matt Schrader

As trade tensions have escalated, images such as this have become a common motif in PRC media outlets
During the past fortnight, a long-simmering trade dispute between the United States and China has burst into open recrimination, with the two sides threatening each other with $250 billion worth of reciprocal tariffs (China Daily, April 7). As of this writing, the situation remains fluid and fast moving.

Washington shouldn’t neglect Taiwan and Hong Kong

By Jamie Fly

President Trump’s National Security Strategy bluntly states that China is challenging “American power, influence, and interests, attempting to erode American security and prosperity.” And while much attention has been focused on Beijing’s expanding military presence in the South China Sea, its effort to expand its influence across Asia and Europe through its “one belt, one road” projects, and unfair trade practices, China’s challenge to the administration’s vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region is increasingly taking place in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The EU Remains Unprepared for the Next Migration Crisis

By removing internal border controls, countries party to the Schengen Agreement effectively abandoned a core element of state sovereignty in favor of freedom of movement. But they embarked on this federal project without building the necessary legal and institutional foundation and without setting up crucial common arrangements to secure their external borders and manage migration and asylum. And just as Europe’s 2008 financial crisis exposed the design flaws of the monetary union, the 2015–2016 refugee crisis revealed the brittleness of the Schengen system. However, this is where the similarity ends; the political dynamics of the two crises played out much differently.

Brussels and Berlin promise to keep gas transit via Ukraine after Nord Stream 2 is built

Brussels and Berlin promise to guarantee the transit of gas via Ukraine after the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is constructed.

German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier and European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič made the corresponding statement after the talks in Berlin on Monday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

The routes of the gas carriers were reoriented

By Arthur Dunn

As you know, Lithuania is the only Baltic country that directly buys LNG, since it has a floating Independence terminal, which costs 60 million euros a year for the country. To be able to qualify for EU financial assistance for the purchase of a gas storage vessel from the Norwegian company Hoegh LNG, Lithuania attempted to obtain recognition of Klaipeda Independence terminal as regional. However, it was not possible to reach an agreement with the other two Baltic countries on this issue, therefore the entire financial burden of the terminal's maintenance and servicing lies with Lithuania.