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Biden’s Team Heralds New American Era in Asia

In contrast to its populist predecessor’s faux pas, the new Democratic administration will primarily rely on veteran policy-makers and tried-and-tested experts to project American leadership in strategic regions such as Asia. The familiar background of his top appointees will likely facilitate their quick bipartisan approval in the Democratic-majority Congress.

Read Here | Asia Times

Angela Merkel Endured As Others Came And Went. Now World’s Crisis Manager Steps Down

It’s a lesson many politicians — mostly male — have learned the hard way over the past 15 years: never underestimate Angela Merkel. The German Chancellor is preparing to step down later this year, having long ago cemented her position as one of the world’s most successful political leaders. In her time in office, she has dealt with five UK prime ministers, four French presidents and seven Italian prime ministers.

Read Here | CNN

What Could Biden’s Divided United States Mean For China?

Beijing can expect American social divisions to play into the next US administration’s policies on China, diplomatic observers said as Chinese state media kept up its portrayal of the United States as “messed up” and “torn apart” society.

Read Here | South China Morning Post

Putting The Twenty-First Century Back On Track

The sense of optimism with which the West rang in the new century 20 years ago has long since been replaced by the shock of terrorist attacks, financial crashes, pandemics, and other crises. But if we broaden our perspective, we will see that none of the challenges facing us is insurmountable.

Read Here | Project Syndicate

In 2020, Putin Raised The Stakes At Home And Abroad

Russia started the year with political uncertainty, then cemented Putin’s future, and ended the year by poisoning the main opposition figure—and future relations with the Biden administration.

Read Here | Foreign Policy

How The U.S. Misread China’s Xi: Hoping For A Globalist, It Got An Autocrat

Mr. Xi’s swift reversal of more than three decades of apparent movement toward collective leadership and a less intrusive party has surprised both U.S. officials and much of the Chinese elite. In hindsight, though, the roots of his approach are visible in key episodes of his life.

Read Here | The Wall Street Journal

How 2020 Shaped U.S.-China Relations

U.S.-China relations sharply deteriorated in 2020, after three years of steadily declining under the Donald J. Trump administration. Beijing and Washington traded blame over the coronavirus pandemic, remained locked in a trade war, competed over 5G networks and other technologies, and clashed over rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, among other issues.

Read Here | Council On Foreign Relations

Tibet Bill Passes Congress After Being Added To US Spending Bill

The act directs the US government to issue economic and visa sanctions against any Chinese official who interferes with the Dalai Lama’s succession. The bill also prohibits China from establishing any new consulates in the US until Washington is granted its own diplomatic outpost in Tibet.

Read Here | South China Morning Post

Can Joe Biden Take America Back To The Future?

For all Biden’s promises to restore American leadership—a decorous word for predominance—the era of liberal interventionism is likely over. Trump tried to bury it; Biden may sign the death certificate.

Read Here | The National Interest

Xi Jinping’s Chinese Communist Party

Nearly eight years into his tenure as General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Xi Jinping continues to defy easy categorisation. Often likened to the unpredictable and volatile Mao Zedong, Xi sees iron-clad domestic stability and political discipline as paramount. 

Read Here | East Asia Forum

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