Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

China demands India pulls back troops in border dispute

China demands India pulls back troops in border dispute

Jul 24, 2017

China has demanded that India pull back its troops from a contested region high in the Himalayas, warning New Delhi not “to push your luck” amid a festering border dispute. According to Indian officials, about 300 soldiers from either side face each other about 150 metres apart on the Doklam plateau, an area also claimed...

Nobel laureate and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo dies at 61

Nobel laureate and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo dies at 61

Jul 13, 2017

BEIJING — Liu Xiaobo, the famed Chinese dissident who won the Nobel Peace Prize while jailed for his pro-democracy writings, has died in a hospital in northeastern China at the age of 61. The Chinese judicial bureau said Liu died Thursday of multiple organ failure. Liu had terminal liver cancer and had been granted parole...

China to open first overseas military base in Djibouti

China to open first overseas military base in Djibouti

Jul 12, 2017

Ships carrying personnel for China’s first overseas military base have set sail to begin setting up the facility in Djibouti, as the country’s rapidly modernising military extends its global reach. The warships departed Zhanjiang in southern China to set up a “support base” in the Horn of Africa nation, state media reported late on...

Finally, Nuclear Weapons Are Outlawed

Finally, Nuclear Weapons Are Outlawed

Jul 12, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jayantha Dhanapala* KANDY, Sri Lanka (IDN) – On July 7 2017, seventy two years after the most inhumanely destructive weapon was invented and used on hapless Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a Conference of the majority of member states in the United Nations decided – by a vote of 122 for; one...

Xi Jinping and China’s Traditionalist Restoration

Xi Jinping and China’s Traditionalist Restoration

Jul 8, 2017

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation By: Zi Yang In 1934, confronted with rising pro-communist sentiments in his country, Chiang Kai-shek, leader of China’s Nationalist Party, launched the neotraditionalist New Life Movement (新生活运动) as part of a comprehensive anti-communist program that sought to use traditional values as a counterweight against...

China, Russia Commit to “Dual Track” Approach Toward Korean Peninsula Issues

China, Russia Commit to “Dual Track” Approach Toward Korean Peninsula Issues

Jul 7, 2017

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation By: Peter Wood On July 4, North Korea launched a multi-stage Hwasong-14 ballistic missile. During the flight test, the missile reached an altitude of 2,300 km and a lateral distance of 900 km (People’s Daily, July 4). Though the test followed a “lobbed” trajectory (higher altitude over a shorter distance than in...

Trump has Cards Up his Sleeves to Avoid Impeachment

Trump has Cards Up his Sleeves to Avoid Impeachment

Jun 15, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Viewpoint by Jonathan Power* LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – “The best lack all conviction”, wrote the Irish poet, William Yeats, “while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” Is this not true of America today? Some of the “best” are working to bring down President Donald Trump, yet are...

Rethinking the Next China

Rethinking the Next China

May 29, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Stephen S. Roach NEW HAVEN – For the past seven years, I have taught a popular class at Yale, called “The Next China.” From the start, the focus has been on the transitional imperatives of the modern Chinese economy – namely, the shift from a long-successful producer model to one driven increasingly by household consumption....

Towards Peace by Pursuing Live and Let Live Policies

Towards Peace by Pursuing Live and Let Live Policies

May 23, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Somar Wijayadasa* NEW YORK (IDN) – Foreign policies – an integral part of any national strategy – command the highest priority of all nations. Since World War II, several foreign policies of super powers did not yield expected results even though all policies and concomitant...

At UN, Rex Tillerson, Top US Diplomat, Delivers Stark Warnings to North Korea

At UN, Rex Tillerson, Top US Diplomat, Delivers Stark Warnings to North Korea

Apr 30, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Barbara Crossette   Rex Tillerson, US secretary of state, right, who presided over the UN Security Council session on North Korea’s nuclear threats, with Yun UNITED NATIONS, Apr 29 2017 (IPS) – Speaking to the United Nations Security Council at a meeting on North Korea held at the...