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China’s Latest Coronavirus Outbreak Underscores Continued Threat

This article was originally published in Time and the author is Ken Moritsugu. (BEIJING) — China’s capital was bracing Monday for a resurgence of the coronavirus after more than 100 new cases were reported in recent days in a city that hadn’t seen a case of local transmission in more than a month. The United…

Facebook’s Libra 2.0: Why you might like it even if we can’t trust Facebook

This article was originally published by the Brookings Institution. Facebook’s 2019 announcement of the creation of Libra, a new digital “stablecoin,” was met with widespread criticism. Timothy Massad reexamines the proposal, which has since been significantly modified, and asks whether digital currencies can help improve access to financial services. Read more here; http://www.asiascot.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/FacebookLibra.pdf

CHINA IN CENTRAL ASIA: IS CHINA WINNING THE “NEW GREAT GAME”?

China now touches virtually every region in the world. In the latest installment of the Brookings Institute Global China project, its experts examine the effects of Beijing’s increasing involvement in Central Asia. This paper takes issue with the U.S. narrative that Chinese activities in Central Asia are, on balance, damaging to the interests of those…

Less globalization, more multilateralism

This article was originally published by Project Syndicate. With the COVID-19 catastrophe having laid bare the vulnerabilities inherent in a hyper-connected, just-in-time global economy, a retreat from globalization increasingly seems inevitable. To some extent, this may be desirable. But achieving positive outcomes will depend on deep, inclusive, and effective multilateralism. One of the most powerful…

THE POST-COVID-19 SINO-AMERICAN DUOPOLY

Dr. Arslan Chikhaoui,  Executive Chairman of the Consultancy and Studies Center, NSV The Covid-19 crisis may well bring about an era of deep change in international alliances, although these shifts will take some time. China has tried to seize the momentum since largely recovering from the epidemic, with the twofold aim of turning its weaknesses…

Coronavirus destroys jobs and worsens inequality, with or without full lockdown

The Coronavirus has plunged the world into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. But lifting lockdown measure may not rescue their economies to the degree they hope. Evidence from South Korea, which never shut private businesses, tells a cautionary tale. Taiwan and South Korea are also in midst of an economic downturn, although not as severe as…

Foreign Policy and US-China Relations – Unknowable consequences of COVID-19

Within the space of a few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed our lives and the world around us. Yet, one of the most important aspects is that we have moved into a world of far greater unknowability about the future. In the world of foreign policy, and especially in times of crisis, the best…

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