Geopolitics

China's Belt and Road tempts states

China's massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) building push may create debt risks but is also responding to major infrastructure gaps in Asia and could boost global trade, World Bank officials say.

16 October 2018
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Seeds of next global financial crisis being sown

Rising United States (US) interest rates, tanking emerging market currencies and a bitter US-China trade spat could push the world towards its next financial crisis but there is still time to avert disaster, global finance chiefs have said.

15 October 2018
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Malaysia's Anwar returns to politics

Anwar Ibrahim won an overwhelming mandate in a parliamentary by-election Saturday, setting the stage for his return to frontline Malaysian politics and sealing the once-jailed opposition figure's remarkable resurrection.

14 October 2018
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Nepotism in Hun Sen’s Cambodia

Political science recognises a phenomenon known as family dictatorship in which – as its name suggests - political power passes within the dictator’s family.

12 October 2018
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Is ASEAN close to abolishing the death penalty?

On 10 October, also known as World Day Against the Death Penalty, Malaysia’s minister in charge of law in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong announced that the cabinet has agreed to abolish the death penalty.

11 October 2018
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A false democracy: So, what?

The European Union (EU) recently told Cambodia that the Kingdom will lose its special access to the world's largest trading bloc, saying that it was ready to punish human rights abuses in the country.

11 October 2018
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IMF chief: Leaders need to fix economic models

World leaders need to fix global trading systems instead of trying to tear them down, International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde said Wednesday, in a rebuke to nationalist politicians pushing tariffs and protectionism.

11 October 2018
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Is the BRI a corruption magnet?

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was intended to empower developing countries with improved infrastructure and trade relations.

10 October 2018
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Thailand’s Chinese tourist dilemma

With its sandy beaches, megamalls and local culture and cuisine, it’s no wonder that tourism contributes a significant amount to Thailand’s gross domestic product (GDP).

9 October 2018
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BRI debt trap: An unintended consequence?

China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) celebrates its fifth anniversary this month. The euphoria that initially followed Chinese President Xi Jinping’s announcement in Kazakhstan and Indonesia has somewhat faded.

9 October 2018
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China blazes quiet path to power

Criticized by the White House for alleged interference in United States (US) politics, China has quietly blazed a path at the United Nations (UN) where it is, little by little, becoming one of the most influential members.

7 October 2018
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