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Pakistan, Russia on track to develop strong relations

Muzaffar Rizvi, Khaleej Times – 5 June 2021 Experts analysing the recent visit of Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, to Islamabad say that there is strong potential for Russia and Pakistan to develop a closer political and economic relationship if they can overcome their long-standing rivalry. Read the full article here.

Opinion: Why does everyone assume that Russia and China are friends?

Isaac Stone Fish, The Washington Post – 26 May 2021 According to this article on The Washington Post, the popular supposition that China and Russia are close friends is too simple. The author mentions a frosty history between the two nations and Russian territorial interests as reasons for Moscow to build a closer relationship with…

Russia to Expand Anti-Magnitsky Sanctions Worldwide, Keep U.S. Adoption Ban

The Moscow Times, 3 June 2021 Russia is planning to expand their “anti-Magnitsky” sanctions, now only set for U.S. citizens, worldwide. The legislation, if passed into law, would ban targeted foreigners of all nationalities from entering the country, seize their assets and ban their transactions and investments. The adoption ban for U.S. citizens would not…

Asean needs to stay neutral and united amid US-China tensions: Tommy Koh

Eileen Ng, The Straits Times – 26 May 2021 Tommy Koh, Singapore’s ‘ambassador-at-large’, said in a recent webinar that what makes Asean countries the coordinator of regional operations is their neutrality and efforts to unite in the face of China-U.S. tensions. Professor Koh stated “Our strategy is to be a friend of both the US…

Will India Balance China in Asia? The U.S. Can Only Hope

Tobin Harshaw, Bloomberg – 22 May 2021 Tobin Harshaw, Bloomberg Opinion, talks with Tanvi Madan, director of the India Project at the Brookings Institution in Washington, about whether or not India can really help the U.S. to balance China in Asia. Madan states, “questions about India’s trajectory as a pluralistic democracy could affect the pace…

Pakistan’s top diplomat warns China could fill void left by US

Wajahat Khan, Nikkei Asia – 26 May 2021 In a recent interview at Pakistan’s consulate in New York, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the country’s foreign minister, answered questions on the country’s relationship with its previous ally, the U.S., and its new investor, China. Also discussed was Pakistan’s stance on Afghanistan, India and the Indo-Pacific’s Quad. Read…

South Korea’s relationships with China and the United States

Duncan Bartlett and Rory Green, China in Context Podcast – 19 May 2021 In this episode of Duncan Bartlett’s China in Context Podcast, the host talks with Rory Green, a TS Lombard economist, about the geopolitics surrounding South Korea’s complex relationship with China. The U.S. as an ally of South Korea and friendly relations between…

Playing The China Card

Ryan Hass, Noema – 20 May 2021 In this article on Noema, Ryan Hass, author of Stronger: Adapting America’s China Strategy in an Age of Competitive Interdependence and guest speaker for our next event on the 7th June, discusses why the U.S. should undertake domestic renewal for its own interests rather than using competition with…

The Drawbacks of Biden’s ‘Competition With China’ Habit

Howard W. French, World Politics Review – 26 May 2021 In this article on World Politics Review, Howard W. French explains why the U.S.’ use of China as political steam and motivation behind many of its infrastructure investments is the wrong strategy, and why the U.S. should make renewed efforts to work with China closely…