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China’s Head-Spinning Defence White Paper

Readers of the white paper China’s National Defence in the New Era can be forgiven for their headaches as they move from one conflicting statement to another in Beijing’s latest effort to help “the international community better understand China’s national defence”. This best of times/worst of times approach illustrates the difference between China’s own perspective of its environment and actions and how much of the world interprets the same conditions and events.

Read Here – The Interpreter

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The G-Minus-2 Threat

The US-dominated G1 world is long gone, and the G2 system in which America and China shared hegemonic responsibilities is now fading into memory. In today’s G-minus-2 world, US and Chinese policies threaten to have devastating consequences for the global economy.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

Why A Warmer US-Pakistan Relationship Is A Win For China

On the whole, Beijing benefits from better relations between Islamabad and Washington. Chinese officials have regularly counselled their Pakistani counterparts to preserve ties with the US, even in the aftermath of the Osama bin Laden raid, which humiliated Pakistan. Deep mutual trust underpins the China-Pakistan relationship, so renewed communication between Islamabad and Washington is unlikely to make Beijing anxious – although China’s hand has been strengthened by their strained relations in the past.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

China’s Chump: Why America Can’t Trust Pakistan

Photo courtesy: White House/Flickr

As the United States prepares to cut-and-run from Afghanistan, Trump and his allies may believe that now is the time to reset relations with Pakistan. They are wrong. Under Imran Khan, Pakistan has continued its move to become an instrument of Chinese strategic policies. Successive Pakistani leaders have fallen victim to China’s debt trap. Thus, even if Khan wished to chart an independent course, it would have been impossible for him to do so.

Read Here – The National Interest

Why Would Trump Want A Trade War With India?

 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the President of United States of America Donald Trump, on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit, in Osaka. Photo/PIB

Will the Modi government, grappling with a slowing Indian economy and keen to attract investment to revive it, take what some have called the Trump administration’s “bait” on trade and investment in return for opening up the huge Indian market to American goods?

Read Here – World Political Review

Trump Sets Foot In North Korea, Agrees With Kim To Resume Stalled Nuclear Talks

Photo/White House Flickr

U.S. President Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to set foot in North Korea on Sunday when he met its leader, Kim Jong Un, in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas and agreed to resume stalled nuclear talks.

Read Here – Reuters

G-20: Donald Trump Just Saved Huawei (But the Trade War Isn’t Over)

U.S. President Donald Trump at the G20 summit in Osaka. Photo/White House

The trade war is doing permanent damage to the Chinese economy every month since once production networks have been relocated to lower-cost countries in Southeast Asia, they are unlikely to return to China. The United States faces no such economic pressure.

Read Here – The National Interest

Trump Announces Trade Negotiations With China Are ‘Back On Track’

President Donald Trump said negotiations with China are “right back on track” after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday in Japan. “We had a really good meeting,” Trump told reporters before talks with the Turkish president. “Perhaps better than expected.” The president did not specify whether he would pause his plan to impose additional tariffs on China, but Chinese state-run television was reporting that the U.S. would not impose any new duties on Chinese goods.

Read Here – Politico

Also Read: Xi, Trump Agree To Restart China-U.S. Trade Consultations

This Isn’t About Iran. It’s About China

Geography tells a more important story in the Gulf region: The current tensions are less about Iran and the Persian Gulf than about China and the Indian Ocean. Whether the Trump administration realizes it or not, what is occurring in the American-Iranian standoff is about something much vaster.

Read Here – The New York Times

The Global Data War Heats Up

World leaders who gather in Osaka, Japan, for the G20 summit this week will begin a conversation on worldwide data governance—and though they are deeply divided on the question of who should control data, some nations could seek to devise a system that excludes China.

Read Here – The Atlantic

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