The Last Western Empire?
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The Last Western Empire?

“Missing the forest for the trees” is an apt metaphor if we take a look at most commentary describing the past twenty years or so. This period has been remarkable in the number of genuinely tectonic changes the international system has undergone. It all began during what I think of as the “Kristallnacht of international…

The US’ Double Standards Towards the Uighurs & Kashmiris are Very Dangerous
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The US’ Double Standards Towards the Uighurs & Kashmiris are Very Dangerous

Eliot Engel, the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, epitomizes the US government’s double standards towards the Uighurs and Kashmiris by making a fake news fuss about the former while totally ignoring the wanton human rights abuses being committed against the latter. It’s nothing new that the US applies double standards towards practically every…

India Involved in China-Vietnam Dispute in the South China Sea?
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India Involved in China-Vietnam Dispute in the South China Sea?

The Hindu, one of India’s leading newspapers, reported that an unnamed Vietnamese diplomatic source briefed New Delhi about their country’s latest bilateral dispute with China in the South China Sea. The outlet has a history of publishing unconfirmed statements but is generally regarded as credible insofar as they’re not known to invent news out of…

Trump’s Actions on Iran Are Constrained by What Saudi and Israeli Leaders Are Willing to Tolerate
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Trump’s Actions on Iran Are Constrained by What Saudi and Israeli Leaders Are Willing to Tolerate

Iran’s seizure of a British-owned oil tanker transiting the Persian Gulf has let loose a fresh round of media war chatter. Yet should another Persian Gulf War actually occur, who would benefit? Not America, that’s for sure. The central theme of present-day American policy regarding Iran is deference. Nominally, US policy is made in Washington….

China Sees New Era of ‘Shared Destiny’ with US No Longer in the Driving Seat
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China Sees New Era of ‘Shared Destiny’ with US No Longer in the Driving Seat

The release of China’s white paper on defense demonstrates to the world an increasingly confident and more assertive China, actively preparing for major shifts on a predominantly US-led global chessboard. As well as the US, other crucial players on the world stage also have their eyes on China’s military posture. One such country is India….

China’s Proposed “Code of Conduct” for Antarctica
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China’s Proposed “Code of Conduct” for Antarctica

The Czech Republic hosted the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting from July 1 to 10 to discuss the future of the world’s seventh continent, during which China proposed a code of conduct for all nations’ active on the landmass, though it unfortunately didn’t make much progress among the many participants that attended the summit. That might…