Pakistan’s Economic Woes: Opposition Parties Cashing In?
Politics,Economy,South Asia
By Tridivesh Singh Maini - 03 Jul 2019

Pakistan’s Economic Woes: Opposition Parties Cashing In?

Pakistan’s Economic Survey released in June 2019 strongly underscored the point that the country’s economy is in doldrums. Growth is estimated at 3.3 percent (GDP to fall below 4 percent for the first time), down from well over 5 percent last year.
Accountability of Hong Kong Leaders Is at Stake
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

By Alfred M. Wu - 02 Jul 2019

Accountability of Hong Kong Leaders Is at Stake

Could the US-Iran Crisis Lead to War?
Politics,Security,Hotspots

By Anita Inder Singh - 01 Jul 2019

Could the US-Iran Crisis Lead to War?

Why the Middle East Does Not Want a War
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Why the Middle East Does Not Want a War

Between all the warnings and threats, none of America’s Middle East allies would want a war, even as they would like to see Iran weakened. Trump also wants to avoid war, embarking on the path of even harsher sanctions and building up a coalition to guard the Strait of Hormuz.
UK-China Relations: Will Economics Trump Security Concerns?
Politics,Economy,China

UK-China Relations: Will Economics Trump Security Concerns?

The UK may not be China’s first priority in terms of economic engagement, it has however become important as a consequence of China’s ties souring with not just the US but also with Australia.
Technology is the Currency of Power in Trump’s Trade War
Politics,Economy,China

Technology is the Currency of Power in Trump’s Trade War

The punitive American tariffs aim more at checking Beijing’s technological ambitions and less at reducing the US trade deficit. Washington’s long-term fear is that China seeks to dislodge the US from its global primacy.
India’s Iran Dilemma
Politics,Economy,South Asia

India’s Iran Dilemma

The importance of Iran for India cannot be overstated. India is Iran’s second largest crude importer, after China. Tensions over Iran’s nuclear and missile program this time around, and the re-imposition of sanctions by the US, have created another round of problems for India.
A New Social Movement Against Hong Kong’s Extradition Bill
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

A New Social Movement Against Hong Kong’s Extradition Bill

Although there were regular mass demonstrations, the Occupy Central campaign, and later on the Umbrella Movement, many people did not expect that around two million Hong Kong people would take to the streets to protest the controversial extradition bill.
By Hak Yin Li - 21 Jun 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Implications of Islamic State’s Expansion in South Asia
Politics,Security,South Asia

Implications of Islamic State’s Expansion in South Asia

Following territorial losses in Syria, the Islamic State declared Wilayahs in India and Pakistan on May 10 and 15, 2019, respectively. In a recent statement, IS also threatened a fresh wave of attacks in India and Bangladesh.
By Abdul Basit - 19 Jun 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Russia’s 5G Deal and the Tech Chess Game
Politics,Economy,China

Russia’s 5G Deal and the Tech Chess Game

Russia is moving ahead with the Chinese Huawei 5G system co-development. Some consider the partnership between Russia and China in 5G systems to be a form of informal techno alliance. Some call it the new techno “iron curtain” or even an electronic “Cold War”.
By Tai Wei Lim - 18 Jun 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
The 21st Century Will Begin in 2020 and in China
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The 21st Century Will Begin in 2020 and in China

The 21st century will arrive only with the arrival of 5G standard in mobile communications which, though already working as a pilot project in various countries, will only be rolled out on a large scale in the year 2020.
US-China Trade War: A Decline of American Soft Power?
Politics,Economy,China

US-China Trade War: A Decline of American Soft Power?

Since July 6, 2018, China and the United States have been engaged in a trade war. No matter who wins the trade battle at the end, the US is in danger of becoming a big power with a damaged prestige sustaining a shaky liberal world order.
By Yu Fu - 14 Jun 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
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