September 2017

How can RCEP benefit ASEAN? (Today Online, 25 August 2017)

How can RCEP benefit ASEAN? (Today Online, 25 August 2017) ASEAN is no stranger to trade deals, having inked its first regional trade deal with China in 2002. It has similar standalone “Plus One” free trade agreements (FTAs) with Australia, India, Japan, Republic of Korea and New Zealand, which have collectively created a “spaghetti bowl”…

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US, allies prepared to use ‘overwhelming force’ in North Korea, general says (Fox News, 30 July 2017)

US, allies prepared to use ‘overwhelming force’ in North Korea, general says (Fox News, 30 July 2017) The statement from Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander, came after the militaries of the U.S., South Korea and Japan spent 10 hours conducting bomber-jet drills over the Korean Peninsula. The training mission was a…

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Xi Jinping personally behind island-building in the South China Sea (South China Morning Post, 28 July 2017)

Xi Jinping personally behind island-building in the South China Sea (South China Morning Post, 28 July 2017) An editorial in Study Times – put out by the Central Party School, the Communist Party’s top academy – was the latest to lavish praise on Xi for his tough stance on territorial issues with the country’s Asian neighbours. “[President…

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