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The long view: Asia’s dangerous new geopolitics

The first week of July is not normally one that brings great events in world politics. Around that time, the northern hemisphere normally shifts into summer holiday mode. Recently, this has become less true. Coups in Egypt, Turkey, and a terror attack in France have bucked the trend. Asia’s early…


Chinese military build-up continues in South China Sea

Three of Beijing’s outposts in the South China Sea reefs appear to be ready for the deployment of mobile missile launchers, a US think tank has claimed. Releasing satellite photographs, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) said Beijing’s Fiery Cross Reef base in the Spratly Islands now had 12 hardened…







Trump and Duterte: A not-so-surprising political friendship

US President Donald Trump’s recent friendly phone conversation with Rodrigo Duterte, during which he invited the Philippine president to the White House, raised questions about his penchant for closeness with strongmen. Even though Duterte was noncommittal, saying he might be too busy to stop by anytime soon, this didn’t stop…


I’m very busy: Duterte says he may refuse invitation to the White House

President Duterte has said he may turn down Donald Trump’s invitation to the White House, as he welcomed three Chinese warships to Davao. Duterte, who has distanced himself from his country’s long-standing alliance with the US while strengthening ties with China and Russia, said he could not commit to the…