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Kazakhstan Crisis

After Kazakhstan Crisis, China Will Reassess Its Influence in Central Asia

Igor Denisov: The Diplomat: 18th of January 2022 The Kazakhstan Crisis has reinforced the regional power dichotomy in Central Asia. Russia exercises security influence through its leadership in the Collective Security Treaty Organisation. China’s influence is more economically focused through its Belt and Road Initiative. Whilst CSTO troops have left, Russia’s prestige in the region…

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Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing

Semiconductors are strategic technological assets of critical importance to the global economy. Their use is ubiquitous in laptops, smartphones, cars, and defense equipment. COVID-19 semiconductor supply issues have also highlighted the lack of companies that produce semiconductors and their geographical proximity. As we can see from this graph, the small island democracy of Taiwan dominates…

US/China trade

Security not economics is likely to drive US trade engagement in Asia

Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Megan Hogan: East Asia Forum: 9th of January 2022 US trade engagement in Asia had a transitionary year in 2021. To curtail Chinese influence, the US is striving to increase its Indo-Pacific engagement. The recently announced ‘Indo pacific framework’ is how the US aims to engage with Asian states. However, the…

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Indonesia eases coal export ban after 10 days

Fransiska Nangoy and Bernadette Christina: Reuters 10th of January 2022 Indonesia has eased its Coal export ban 10 days after its imposition due to pressure from Asia’s coal Importers and domestic coal mines. The ban caused the price of Coal and futures markets to surge globally. China was particularly vulnerable as the largest importer of…

Japanese Buisness

Japan needs to navigate a pathway between the United States and China

East Asia Forum: 3rd of January 2022 Japan and its companies are increasingly finding themselves in the middle of US-China tensions. The CEO of a leading international Japanese firm, Uniqlo, has stated that he wants his business and japan to be neutral between the US and China. This position was reified when Uniqulo refused to…

Chinese Missile Development

China’s substantial defence related investments are a reliable indicator of its increasingly assertive aims. China’s President Xi Jinping has made force modernisation a national priority, looking to transform the Peoples Liberation Army (The PLA) into a ‘world-class force by 2050’. World Class force for the PLA means being able to match the operational capabilities of…