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UK-China relations imploded in 2020—and things could get worse

Annabelle Timsit, Quartz – 23 December 2020 Since the Brexit referendum in 2016, senior members of the UK government have made a great deal of effort in stressing the significance of a UK-China relationship in forging new, independent and more favourable ties with the rest of the world post-Brexit. The establishment of many more Confucius…

Amid daunting security environment, Seoul should tighten alliance with US

The Korea Herald – 6 January 2021 South Korea’s alliance with the U.S. is one of the most significant in the world, with both friends sharing the same democratic values and being important trading partners for one-another. However their relations have recently encountered problems, particularly since Trump’s inauguration four years ago, with geopolitics and a…

DisUnited States

New Straits Times – 5 January 2021 Relations between Malaysia and the U.S. have been somewhat complex over the years: the two nations cooperate closely on security and are significant trading partners, however Malaysian perceptions of America have been damaged since Trump’s election and his following’s Islamophobic rhetoric. This article by New Straits Times presents…

Heartbreak, humiliation and tragedy for the United States

The Japan Times – 7 January 2021 This unforgiving headline was seen in The Japan Times’ article on the shocking events that unfolded at The Capitol building in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. Japan’s reaction to the riots are a mirror of many states around the world, particularly that of close allies of the U.S.. Relations…

A landmark night in US history: Capitol riots nation’s Waterloo, destroy global image

Double-standard Washington politicians ‘deserve chaos, violence’ GT staff reporters, Global Times – 7 January 2021 Given the tense relations between China and the U.S. as the result of a Trump presidency’s harsh and unforgiving rhetoric towards the country, it is hardly unsurprising to find that the Chinese reaction to the Capitol riots is one of…

HOW DOES ASIA VIEW THE US ELECTIONS? IS ‘DEMOCRACY AT WORK’ ATTRACTIVE?

Chairman and Founder of the Asia Scotland Institute, Roddy Gow OBE, has recently had the following article published in the Scotsman. As we have watched the drama play out on television and in the press that has been the US Presidential Election of 2020, how is this seen by others? Even in Scotland where we…

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The Japan Shinzo Abe Has Left Behind

By BILL EMMOTT originally published in Project Syndicate This article by Bill Emmott considers Japan with the departure of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. By leaving office now, as modern Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe will set the terms of his departure instead of allowing dagger-wielding rivals to do it for him. He will leave…