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Bullied by Beijing, America’s Closest Allies Regret Saying ‘Yes’ To China

The era of cooperation with China may be over soon. Australia, Britain, Canada, and New Zealand are beginning to regret saying “yes” to China’s strategic overtures. The leaders, once eager to assert a little independence from their often-overbearing superpower ally, now find themselves aligning with the United States…

Read Here – Foreign Policy

Facebook’s Vulnerabilities Highlighted During A Terrible Week

Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has had a very bad week, even in the context of a very bad year. The week of bad news actually started March 8 with a proposal from U.S. senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren to break up the company. Then there was the longest-ever outage of Facebook’s social network and services, which almost overshadowed news of a criminal investigation into its data-agreements with other companies…But the ultimate blow came on Friday with the massacre of 50 people in New Zealand, live streamed on Facebook.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Also read: Why Tech Didn’t Stop The New Zealand Attack From Going Viral

Feisty, Protectionist Populism? New Zealand Tried That

What would you think of a Western democratic leader who was populist, obsessed with the balance of trade, especially effective on television, feisty and combative with the press, and able to take over his country’s right-wing party and swing it in a more interventionist direction?

Read Here – Bloomberg

TPP Trade Deal: Who Stands To Gain, Suffer In Asia-Pacific

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the biggest trade agreement in history, reducing tariffs and other forms of protectionism in a dozen countries making up about 40 percent of the global economy with economic output of almost $30 trillion. The White House estimates it will eliminate 18,000 tariffs on U.S.-manufactured goods, while giving everyone from Vietnamese shrimpers to New Zealand dairy farmers cheaper access to markets across the Pacific.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Pacific-Rim Nations Led By U.S. Agree to Historic Trade Deal

A dozen Pacific-rim nations agreed to an historic pact that would cut trade barriers on items ranging from cars to rice, setting up a potentially contentious ratification vote before a skeptical U.S. Congress. After a week of final talks in Atlanta, an agreement was announced on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a pact more than five years in the making designed to boost commerce among nations that produce 40 percent of global economic output.

Read More – Bloomberg

War On Internet Security

The Five Eyes alliance — the secret services of Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States — pursue a clear goal: removing the encryption of others on the Internet wherever possible. In 2013, the NSA had a budget of more than $10 billion. According to the US intelligence budget for 2013, the money allocated for the NSA department called Cryptanalysis and Exploitation Services (CES) alone was $34.3 million.

Read Here – Der Spiegel

China’s Forex Route

The roadmap for China’s foreign exchange reforms has now come into focus, following the recent conclusion of the landmark Third Plenum, which outlined the blueprint that is set to shape the direction of economic reforms in the world’s second-largest economy for the next decade.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Australia’s Defence Policy Needs Help

Australia’s new government must make tough decisions in defence policy. Australia’s broad national interests and the challenging strategic environment in Indo-Pacific Asia make it essential to modernise the Australian Defence Force. The nation’s defence capabilities remain underfunded and its strategic edge in the region is eroding. The gap between the nation’s interests and capabilities is widening, and it is getting harder to meet the demands of the US alliance.

Read Here – Lowy Institute

Mapping China’s Population

There are as many people in the PRC as there are in North and South America — and Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand — combined.

Somebody’s forgetting India!

Read Here – The Atlantic

Commonwealth Takes Over

Men from the Commonwealth – and they are men – are taking over the British establishment’s positions of power.

Read Here – The Spectator

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