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Asia Pacific

Empires and Opportunism: Russia, Iran and China

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Tehran now hopes to find a more solid partner in a China that is prepared to challenge and compete with a weakened US and Russia.

ASEAN

End of the Spaghetti Bowl: RCEP Does Not Create an Asia-Pacific Trade Bloc

Thursday, November 19, 2020

While RCEP is useful and highlights the benefits of lower trade restrictions, it is not a major breakthrough.

Asia Pacific

After Trump’s Disruptions, Biden Has a Full Agenda in Asia

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The new president’s advantage, according to Mumbai-born journalist and author Salil Tripathi, is his experience and maturity.

Asia Pacific

Asia Wakes Up To An Assertive, Hectoring America

Thursday, November 5, 2020

The changing way the US wields power in the world and its tougher approach to China are forcing Asian countries to rethink their relations with Washington and Beijing.

China

What Next for Hong Kong-United States Trade?

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The decision by the United States that Hong Kong products must be labelled Made in China has sparked alarms. Here's what Hong Kong might be able to do in response.

China

Is Viral Sovereignty the Antidote to Vaccine Nationalism?

Thursday, October 15, 2020

A new dangerous kind of nationalism amalgamating underlying global challenges is on the rise: vaccine nationalism.

ASEAN

Covid-19 and ASEAN Cooperation: The State of Play and Ways Forward

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Apart from collaboration in health and medicine, ASEAN has been inconsistent – even confrontational – in matters where cooperation would be the best course of action.

China

What’s Next for the US-China Tech War

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The real challenge lies not in the clash between the two major powers but inside the US, which must tackle widening social inequality.

China

The US “Clean Network” Risks Undermining a Rules-Based Tech World

Thursday, September 24, 2020

At stake are who sets the rules for the communications, data and artificial intelligence-driven networks of the future.

China

Rebuilding Interconnections: Russia, India and the International North-South Transport Corridor

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The lesser-known International North-South Transport Corridor could prove a rival to the Belt and Road Initiative if it overcomes financing issues and ongoing conflict

China

China, Russia and the EU: Forging a Cooperative Relationship in the Eastern Partnership Region

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Moscow is receptive to the Belt and Road Initiative because it promotes a multipolar world and bolsters China’s global stance in counterbalance to American hegemony

Asia Pacific

Australia’s Loss, Britain’s Gain: How UK Universities Benefit from the Covid-19 Crisis

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

A stable relationship with China may serve the UK well, as its educational institutions could capitalize on a shift of Chinese students away from Australia.

ASEAN

The China-US Rivalry and the Pandemic: Challenges to ASEAN Neutrality

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The push-and-pull between China and the US is applying more and more pressure on ASEAN neutrality. Can ASEAN maintain its centrality?

ASEAN

China and Cambodia: Getting by with a Lot of Help from a Friend

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Is Cambodia's dependency on China profitable and sustainable?

China

Decoupling: Trump’s Challenge to the Global Order

Thursday, August 13, 2020

The Trump administration’s insistence on a geopolitical confrontation with Beijing is spooking potential allies.

China

Is Covid-19 Driving US-China Economic Decoupling?

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Instead of bringing nations together, the Covid-19 pandemic is upending global supply chains and creating further distrust of international institutions.

China

Exporting Chinese Governance: Challenges and Issues

Thursday, July 30, 2020

China’s model of governance is both powered and restricted by its apparent immunity to the attractions of democracy, and is a source of anxiety to friend and foe alike.

China

The India-China Conflict: Covid-19 and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

To preserve peace and prosperity, India, China and Pakistan need to move from confrontation in the Himalayas to cooperation around the negotiating table.