While countries are dealing with populism internally, the world as a whole is witnessing great changes in geopolitics. Geopolitical clashes in the Middle East, between the two Koreas, and in the South China Sea, and humanitarian issues like the European migrant crisis, have made the world an unsafe place.
Economic policies beg for a major update from the implementation of the Doi Moi reforms in 1986. To ensure full integration into the global economy, including fulfilling expectations of the TPP, Vietnam need to do some serious adjustments.
The results of South Korea’s legislative elections on April 13 took many by surprise, as the ruling party was roundly defeated by two opposition parties. President Park’s government will be greatly challenged by the legislature on both domestic and foreign policy fronts.
In the 1980s, Xi Jinping was placed as one of the candidates for the future generation of leaders. It is believed that he had already formulated his vision of China when he took over power from Hu Jintao.
On June 12, 2017, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif flew to Jeddah to meet with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. He was reportedly bluntly asked by King Salman: “Are you with us or with Qatar?”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 3 years in office has repeatedly urged the Indian states to contribute to the country’s growth story, and to also play their rightful role in strengthening ties with the outside world.
Dai Li served under Chiang Kai-shek as the spymaster of the Republic of China. Had Dai not died in a plane crash in March 1946, would he be able to assist Chiang to defeat the Communist Party of China in the Chinese civil war?
Sino-Japanese relations have been deteriorating since the outbreak of the territorial dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in September 2012. Today, although the worst seems to be over, the bilateral relationship remains deadlocked.
Government officials in Beijing are skeptical of Donald Trump. But they feel they can negotiate with him and need to resolve some economic disputes that have festered too long. They like him and, more importantly, they like his party better than Hillary Clinton and her party.