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China lands bomber on South China Sea island for first time

The Chinese air force has landed long-range bombers for the first time on an airport in the South China Sea, a state newspaper said Saturday, in a move likely to further fuel concerns about Beijing’s expansive claims over the disputed region. The China Daily newspaper reported that the People’s Liberation …

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Korea: The Kim Jong Un Phenomenon

by Graham E. Fuller*  —   I may be naive but I get the feeling that something possibly profound is underway with the recent dramatic flurry of diplomatic activity surrounding the once reclusive leader Kim Jong Un; it could represent a turning point in the geopolitics of East Asia. In …

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Facebook Scandal May Impact China Overseas Surveillance Plans

China is turning artificial intelligence, face scanning, and other Big Data systems into new tools domestically to enhance the communist party’s command and control systems. The party’s methods of surveillance and increasing use of technology present an interesting contrast with the ongoing scandal concerning the scraping and manipulation of Facebook …

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WTO chief calls for calm over tariffs

The World Trade Organization chief warned on Friday that creating barriers to international trade would “jeopardise the global economy,” after Washington slapped steep tariffs on Chinese imports, heightening fears of a trade war. “Disrupting trade flows will jeopardise the global economy at a time when economic recovery, though fragile, has …

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Flexing your Intellectual Muscles: Indo-Pacific Conflict Scenarios, in Fact and Fiction!

By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD*   Attended a very interesting lecture the other day with a deceptively simple title: “The Dynamics of the Indo-Pacific Region: The Challenges and Opportunities for Japan”, by Professor Satoru Mori from the Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan. (Faculty of Law, Department of Global Politics; little …

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Lagarde warns trade wars are seldom ever won

No one emerges victorious from a trade war, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday, warning that the economic impact of US import tariffs would be serious if other countries respond with their own barriers. On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump reiterated his plan to slap big tariffs …

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Markets suffer Trump slump on trade war fears

Donald Trump’s controversial decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium imports sent world stock markets slumping on Friday as the move fuelled fresh fears of a global trade war, dealers said. Traders, already on edge over worries about rising US interest rates, followed Wall Street sharply lower after the …

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China declares intention to improve ties with Japan

China hopes to work with Japan to establish more cordial relations, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Japanese counterpart on Sunday, aiming to move on from a series of disputes, some dating back to before World War Two. China and Japan have sparred frequently about their painful history, with …

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