Protests, policy rows, volatile leaders – welcome to the Hamburg G20 summit

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Noah Barkin

 

Summits of world leaders are usually highly choreographed affairs that leave little to chance. They are held in locations that are easily shielded from demonstrators. And policy differences are papered over by envoys behind closed doors well ahead of time. But the G20 meeting in Hamburg next week will be different. Continue reading “Protests, policy rows, volatile leaders – welcome to the Hamburg G20 summit”

A year in office, Taiwan’s Tsai seeks Beijing’s goodwill to help curb anti-China sentiment

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J.R. Wu

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen is signalling she needs more give and take from China to rein in hardliners on an island China considers its own, officials say, but Beijing is unlikely to budge months before its five-yearly Communist Party Congress.

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Observations of an Expat: China at the Crossroads

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Tom Arms

China is at a political crossroads with a nuclear-tipped Mack truck driven by a suicidal North Korean juvenile threatening to plough into its side with disastrous consequences for Beijing and the rest of the world.

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Taiwan keen on bettering ties with India

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Jose Kalathil

The island country of Taiwan having a population of 23 million is keen on strengthening relations with the second largest economy in Asia, in the fields of trade, tourism, education, culture and business.

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Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Trumped in Southeast Asia

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Cynthia M. Lardner

U.S. foreign policy in Southeast Asia in light of President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration is drifting off to sea placing the U.S. in a precarious position of isolationism in a region where China and Russia have been aggressively building alliances and partnerships. Amidst shifting global relationships and allegiances this is not a time for the U.S. to adopt a foreign policy built on isolationism or non-involvement but, rather it is a time to accelerate Southeast Asia foreign policy initiatives.

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Celestial Empire

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Ricardo Swire

On Tuesday March 15th 2016 the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) and the Peoples Liberation Army of China signed a multi-million dollar military agreement. The diplomatic protocol signaled another Chinese special equipment contribution to the BDF arsenal.

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