Ely Ratner

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China’s Middle East Tightrope

Beijing is walking a fine line between Saudi Arabia and Iran. But, in this region, even a big checkbook can't buy friends in both places.

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Making Bank

Why China’s new infrastructure bank represents a challenge to the global order.

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China Has Russia Over a Barrel

When Putin arrives in Shanghai to try and ink a new multibillion-dollar energy deal, it'll be the Chinese -- not the Russians -- who will be laughing all the way to the bank.

ChinaFile

Just How Worrying Is China’s Standoff With Vietnam?

A conversation about China's brewing dispute with Vietnam in the contested South China Sea.

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The False Cry of the Pivot Deniers

The rebalancing to Asia is real and the president isn’t there right now to salvage a phantom policy.

ChinaFile

Pivot to Asia: ‘Why Keep up the Charade?’

A conversation on President Obama's trip to Tokyo.

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Roiling the Waters

Why the United States needs to stop playing peacemaker and start making China feel uncomfortable.

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Economic Experiments and the Battle for East Asia

Why the race for dominance in East Asia is about economic strength, not military power.

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About Ely Ratner

Ely Ratner is the Maurice R. Greenberg senior fellow in China studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He was deputy national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden from 2015 to 2017 and previously served in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs at the State Department and as a professional staff member on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His current work focuses on U.S.-China relations, regional security in East Asia, and U.S. national security policy in Asia.

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