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Russo-Kazakh cooperation to grow

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kazakhstan’s new president discussed boosting political and military cooperation as the two leaders met after the shock resignation of former President Nursultan…

Taiwan gets an American boost

Taiwan is set to purchase fourth-generation F-16V fighters from the US, while China continues its incursions into American-allied countries in opposition to US Indo-Pacific policy. The island nation…

China major factor in Indonesia’s elections

President Widodo is likely to be assailed by other presidential candidates over perceived softness on China, making China a key factor in domestic electoral considerations. The Republic of Indonesia…

Chinese jets enter Taiwan strait line

Taiwan has protested what it called a “reckless” and “provocative” flight by two Chinese fighter jets across the so-called median line of the Taiwan Strait, the country said. The relationship between…

Merkel enters Brexit fray

Angela Merkel is expected to fly to Ireland to discuss with PM Varadkar about preparations should a no-deal Brexit occur. Chancellor Merkel’s support is critical to PM May’s plans should she seek…

Anti-Bashir protests intensify

Sudanese women are taking the lead in protests against President Omar Bashir. There is a significant backlash against the decades-old morality laws as people take to the streets. Omar al-Bashir is a…

Secrecy surrounds North Korean embassy attack

An attack on a North Korean embassy in Madrid has brought the activities of a fringe activist group to the forefront, although the participation of US intelligence agencies cannot be ruled out.…

US-China trade war winner: Mexico

Mexico has seen big gains in shipments to the U.S. in categories where competing Chinese goods were hit with tariffs, everything from poster board to air conditioner parts. In all, U.S. imports of…

Saudi Arabia pursues nuclear technology

The US secretly approves preliminary measures to share nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia, despite domestic and international concerns. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the most powerful…

European leaders meet China’s Xi

French, German and European Commission leaders met President Xi amidst tensions over trade and security. Sino–European relations were established in 1975. According to the European External Action…

China thanks Kazakhstan over de-radicalization scheme

The Chinese government’s top diplomat has thanked Kazakhstan for its support for a controversial de-radicalisation programme in China’s far western region of Xinjiang and said others should follow…

Trump ratifies Israel’s Golan control

President Trump issues US recognition for Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights in a move that provides Prime Minister Netanyahu an electoral boost, and Israel a strategic and legal advantage.…

Sino-Russian South China Sea energy partnership

Russia and China to explore the viability of gas hydrates, a potential energy market disrupter, in the contentious South China Sea. Clathrate hydrates or gas hydrates are water-based crystalline…

Yellow vest protests continue

France's "yellow vests" are expected to stage further anti-government protests on March 23 despite the authorities vowing a "zero tolerance" approach after major riots in Paris last week. The yellow…

Sri Lanka takes on more Chinese loans

Sri Lanka signs on to a US$989 million loan from a Chinese state-controlled bank, further entrenching China in the Indian Ocean island. Bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and China are friendly,…

Germany-Turkey rift grows

Berlin wants to sever the financial and institutional ties between local Muslim communities and the Turkish government as part of a bold campaign to help German Muslims develop a homegrown version of…

Danish PM fears protectionism in Europe

The EU must resist French efforts to “politicise” the single market or “copy and paste the Chinese model” of state intervention, Denmark’s prime minister said in a defence of Europe’s liberal economy…

US increases pressure on North Korea

The US sanctioned Chinese companies trading with North Korea in order to pressure the beleaguered nation, while simultaneously sending a message about the seriousness of its sanction regime.…

EU approves Brexit delay

More than 2 million people have signed an online petition urging the government to cancel Brexit, with support rocketing in the wake of Prime Minister Theresa May’s statement. On June 23rd, 2016,…

US warns Venezuela

The United States warned of consequences against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro security services if they continue with a crackdown against opposition leader Juan Guaido and his aides. Juan…