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What is Next for Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies after China’s Ban?

By: Ryan Nichols               Earlier this September, China decided to place a “comprehensive ban” on the buying and selling of bitcoin exchanges;[1]  the plan is to close the exchanges by the end of September.[2]  Bitcoin is digital currency, which causes problems for regulators because it prevents them from doing their jobs by erasing the…






Can America Bring Back Industrial Jobs Without Enforcing WTO Sanctions?

By: Mike Glasser               Introduction Declining employment and production in American industry is a topic that often finds itself at the forefront of the American political sphere.  Most recently, President Trump ran a successful presidential campaign promising to bring industry jobs back to American soil.[1]  Prior to the Trump administration, however, actions to curb…






Why the “One China” Policy Still Matters

By: Alexis McGee On December 2, 2016, a short phone call between the president-elect of the United States and the president of Taiwan took place.[1]  A call that many suspect could shatter decades’ worth of U.S. policy regarding China relations and also put the diplomatic relationship on shaky ground.[2]  The China-U.S. relationship would then turn hostile when president-elect Donald Trump…






Report: Australia Moves to Ratify Extradition Treaty with China

By: Demi Davis In 2007, Australia and China signed the Treaty on Extradition between Australia and The People’s Republic of China (“Treaty”). The purpose of the Treaty was to “make more effective the cooperation of the two countries in the suppression of crime….”  Over the years, corrupt officials in China have reportedly fled to Australia after committing crimes such as…






Why China’s Abstention May Signal Future Peace in Aleppo

By; Julianna M. Charpentier The ongoing Syrian civil war, which began with pro-democracy protests in 2011 and has erupted into a multi-front war with more than 250,000 deaths, has ignited tensions far beyond Syria’s borders.[1] The United States, supporting the pro-democracy rebels, finds itself once again butting heads with Russia, who supports the regime of Bashar al-Assad.[2]  Rather than being…