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China, Grappling With Trump, Turns To ‘Old Friend’ Kissinger

As he’s done for decades, Henry Kissinger is again shuttling between the U.S. and China to defuse tensions, this time as President Xi Jinping tries to figure out how much of President-elect Donald Trump’s China-bashing will follow him to the White House.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Merkel Must Change To Meet Germany’s Challenges

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced her intention to run for a fourth term. But it is unclear whether she is the right leader to confront the immense challenges facing the country. No less than liberal democracy is at stake.

Read Here – Der Spiegel

China’s Approach To The Middle East Looks Familiar

Over the past few decades of China’s rise, Beijing’s soft power pitch to the developing east has been an indictment of Ugly Americanism. China had fallen victim to Western and Japanese imperialism, and as a result pledged to act not as a patron but a partner in decolonialism and development.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Trump’s Wolves Of Wall Street

The idea that being a banker is an alluring characteristic for a member of the Trump Administration is a startling change. For months, Trump criticised Hillary Clinton for giving paid speeches to banks like Goldman Sachs.

Read Here – The New Yorker

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Thailand Has A New King

The Kingdom has a new King after His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn accepted an invitation to ascend the throne from the National Legislative Assembly president. The new King was formally named His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, according to the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary.

Read Here – Bangkok Post

Castro’s Legacy: How The Revolutionary Inspired And Appalled The World

932042-fidel-castroNo street bears his name and there is not a single statue in his honour but Fidel Castro did not want or need that type of recognition. From tip to tip, he made Cuba his living, breathing creation.

Read Here – The Guardian

Pakistan Gets A New Army Chief

After weeks of intense speculation and rumours, a career infantry officer belonging to the Baloch Regiment, Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has been appointed as the new Chief of Army Staff while Lt Gen Zubair Hayat has been appointed the Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee.

Read Here – Dawn

Also read: Challenges for the new army chief

Is Terrorism On The Rise? Here’s What The Data Tells Us

Produced annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) analyses and studies the direct and indirect impact of terrorism on 163 countries. This year’s results present a juxtaposition of the dynamics of terrorism in modern society. On one hand, they show a 10% fall (since last year) in the number of deaths attributed to terrorist incidents – the first decline since 2010. On the other hand, the overall score on this year’s index has deteriorated by 6%, due to many countries experiencing record levels of terrorism.

Read Here – World Economic Forum

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America’s Berlusconi

What Trump has achieved, Berlusconi pioneered. Like Trump, Berlusconi is a businessman who made his first fortune in real estate. When he entered politics in 1994, he was an outsider, albeit one who, also like Trump, had long been close to plenty of insiders.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

Why China Thinks It Can Build A Utopian World Order

Beijing believes that its superior civilization provides the leadership with the necessary skills to lead mankind in the process of building a utopian world order, known by Chinese since ancient times as Tianxia.

Read Here – The National Interest

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