News

Articles & Contributions from Members & Partners



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 fortifies Central Asia military clout before US Afghan exit

Dimitri Simes Jr., Nikkei Asia – 27 May 2021 Andrei Serenko, head of the Center for the Study of Modern Afghanistan, talked with Nikkei Asia about Russia’s military interests in Central Asia since the announcement of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. According to Serenko, “Russia is primarily interested in strengthening its military and…

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…

Fears that Afghanistan could slip into anarchy and civil war – Roddy Gow

Roddy Gow OBE, The Scotsman – 10 June 2021 In this short article on The Scotsman, Asia Scotland Institute Chairman, Roddy Gow OBE, reflects on the large numbers of Scottish servicemen and women killed in conflicts within Afghanistan. He also considers our recent webinar ‘The Future of Afghanistan’, in which the panellists and most of…

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…

Strengthen Asia to Weaken Beijing

Walter Russell Mead, Wall Street Journal – 10 May 2021 In this opinion article on the Wall Street Journal, Walter Russell Mead states that “as with Japan in the 1930’s, China is merely a country tempted to exploit a temporary window of opportunity to transform the region in a way it hopes could guarantee its…