In my view, every tiny change within China has an impact on the country’s behavior toward the rest of the world. Social tolerance and the public’s reaction have been increasingly taken into consideration when crafting many of China’s foreign policies in recent years. Therefore, anyone paying attention to China’s diplomacy must also keep a watchful […]

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Written by Evelyn S. Devadason.  Malaysia has a long history of balancing the opportunities derived through economic links with China, with the non-interference of China in its domestic affairs and the security threats posed by China’s disputed claims over the South China Sea. The decades-long hedging strategy with China, however, seemed to have given way […]

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Written by Katharine Adeney. The votes cast in Pakistan’s election are still being counted (or rigged, as some allege). But it is already clear that Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will be the next prime minister. The previous governing party, Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N is trailing badly and the PPP, led by Benazir Bhutto’s son […]

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Everywhere Chinese leaders go, the Belt and Road follows – in speeches, if nothing else, but also often in investment agreements and even formal diplomatic documents. That was the case last week as well, when Chinese President Xi Jinping took a four-country tour of Africa, stopping in Senegal, Rwanda, South Africa (where he also attended […]

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Air pollution has always received the brunt of public scrutiny as more people move to urban centers in China. Once a taboo subject championed by the US Embassy’s Twitter account, Beijing air quality has become a top priority for its residents, resulting in the creation of air pollution alerts and warnings in recent years. And […]

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The past year has seen an upturn in the fortunes of Syria’s government. President Bashar al-Assad and his armed forces have reduced the Islamic State threat in the east of the country and made advances in the south of the country. This month he took back control of Deraa, where the uprising first began, back […]

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The East Asian Olympic Committee (EAOC) on Tuesday rescinded the right of Taichung City, located in the central part of Taiwan, to host next year’s East Asian Youth Games, triggering escalating tensions between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan. According to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), the East Asian Youth Games replaced the previous the […]

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Having cemented a strong reputation for creative cocktails and offbeat events at his charming Beiluogu Xiang-adjacent bar Hoper, James Hao is now setting his sights on a much different challenge: opening a cocktail lounge in the spiffier Sanlitun area. First impressions of the new Hoper GT (short for Gongti) show that he’s off to a […]

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