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Malaysia in China’s Belt and Road
November 23, 2020

Malaysia in China’s Belt and Road

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Chow Bing Ngeow.
United States Formally Exits Open Skies Treaty
November 23, 2020

United States Formally Exits Open Skies Treaty

By Abhijnan Rej
A report suggests that the Trump administration’s decision to label the supporting reconnaissance aircraft “excess defense articles” is meant to complicate any attempt by President-elect Biden to rejoin it.

Biden Expected to Nominate Antony Blinken as Secretary of State
November 23, 2020

Biden Expected to Nominate Antony Blinken as Secretary of State

By Associated Press
Blinken will be tasked with repairing the serious damage to American diplomacy incurred during the Trump years.

Is Biden Preparing to Tweak the Indo-Pacific Strategy?
November 20, 2020

Is Biden Preparing to Tweak the Indo-Pacific Strategy?

By Sebastian Strangio
A shift in language may signal some changes to the Trump administration’s headline Asia policy.

The US State Department China Policy Paper: Hits and Misses
November 20, 2020

The US State Department China Policy Paper: Hits and Misses

By Andy Zelleke
The document is short on prescriptions, but provides a more nuanced diagnosis of the problem than usually found in Trump administration statements.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Khan on ‘Historic’ First Visit to Afghanistan
November 20, 2020

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Khan on ‘Historic’ First Visit to Afghanistan

By Associated Press
The uneasy neighbors are trying to turn the corner from a relationship marked by suspicion and downright hostility toward a partnership for peace in the region.

Why the BRICS Grouping Is Here to Stay
November 20, 2020

Why the BRICS Grouping Is Here to Stay

By Oliver Stuenkel
Western reactions to 12th BRICS Summit are largely dismissive, but critics overlook tangible benefits for member countries.
Five Eyes Countries Issue Joint Statement on Hong Kong
November 19, 2020

Five Eyes Countries Issue Joint Statement on Hong Kong

By Abhijnan Rej
It prompted a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson to retort with a threat seemingly straight out of the Old Testament.

Contradictions Grow Amid Another BRICS Summit
November 19, 2020

Contradictions Grow Amid Another BRICS Summit

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The group has always been diverse in terms of economic, political, and security interests. Is it anything more than an ineffective talkshop?

US Justice Department’s China Focus Likely to Continue Under Biden
November 19, 2020

US Justice Department’s China Focus Likely to Continue Under Biden

By Associated Press
Despite a change in White House occupants in January, the United States Justice Department is likely to continue its wide-ranging China-related investigations.

President Trump To Attend APEC Summit, Official Says
November 19, 2020

President Trump To Attend APEC Summit, Official Says

By Sebastian Strangio
The announcement came as Chinese President Xi Jinping claimed the mantle of free trade and economic openness.
In an On-brand Move, China Issues Diktat to Australia
November 18, 2020

In an On-brand Move, China Issues Diktat to Australia

By Abhijnan Rej
The extraordinarily blunt dossier “leaked” to media outlets contains a long list of Chinese grievances when it comes to Australia.

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