Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen is heading for visits with two of the island’s 18 remaining official, formal allies with diplomatic relations (Paraguay and Belize), with all-important symbolic stopovers in the United States. I discussed the issue on Monocle radio.
With Beijing successfully pressuring foreign airlines to stop referring to Taiwan as a separate region, and instead show the implication that it is a part of China, the issue of the island’s status is again in the news. I discussed the issue on Monocle radio 24.
Here’s a piece I wrote for News-Decoder , a site that aims to help young people explore the news. By David Schlesinger Is it China’s century? Or is China a sclerotic, debt-laden behemoth on the verge of collapse? Is China an engine for world prosperity, first manufacturing goods for the globe, and then, with new wealth,..
Russia’s Putin flies to meet China’s Xi in Qingdao just as a fractured G7 shows its divisions in Canada. That the big two nations show their bromance — meeting more than 25 times already — on the eve of the US/North Korea summit shows that geopolitics is not a game for the faint hearted. I..
Taiwan is conducting its “war game” simulation just weeks after China did its own – all this in a key period of Asia diplomatic maneuverings. On June 12, the US will open its revamped quasi-embassy in Taipei, the very same day that President Trump is due to meet North Korea’s Kim Jun Un. Monocle Radio..
Donald Trump tweets about China’s tech company ZTE and suddenly the door to corporate death-row is thrown open. What’s going on? And how does it fit with the looming Sino-US trade talks and the situation on the Korean peninsula? I discussed these issues with Monocle radio’s The Globalist program. The whole program is available here..
China’s air force is again flying encirclement runs around Taiwan, giving stark evidence that the issues of the island and its sovereignty, autonomy or independence could easily become a serious world flashpoint – particularly as the US administration of Donald Trump seems to want to play a “Taiwan card” to tweak China’s dragon tail. Monocle..
China has been steadfast in arguing that the Iran Nuclear agreement must be upheld, saying that only the International Atomic Energy Agency — not the U.S. or Israel or any other party — can judge compliance. In an interview with Monocle Radio’s “The Globalist” program, I argue that China’s stance is rooted in three key concepts:..
Making a huge statement about wanting to project military might, China is beginning sea trials of its first home built aircraft carrier, the same week it conducted exercises with its first carrier, a rebuilt Soviet ship bought from Ukraine. The country began a massive modernization program for its military in the 1990s. One catalyst was..