China’s “Silk Road” initiative – an excuse to impose China’s soft power across the globe or an attempt to placate discerning domestic audiences? [VIDEO]

When media around the world mention China’s new “Silk Road” initiative, it is often portrayed as a sinister strategy by the Chinese to pull various countries in Asia, Africa and Europe out of the West’s sphere of influence and under the patronage of China. Through extensive infrastructure projects and generous loans, many fear that  China is aspiring to create a proxy Empire that can rival the global hegemony of the US-led Western world order.

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China’s Ruling on the Legislative Council in Hong Kong: Implications for Hong Kong’s democracy

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Hong Kong protesters demonstrating against Chinese intervention Photo Credit http://www.rfa.org

The political fallout from the raucous oath-taking ceremony at the Hong Kong Legislative Council last October 12 is causing concern among pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong. For many, Beijing’s reaction to the event have set a worrisome precedent. Continue reading “China’s Ruling on the Legislative Council in Hong Kong: Implications for Hong Kong’s democracy”

Is North Korea the main benefactor of South Korea’s current political scandal?

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Widespread public backlash has been surging throughout South Korea since it was uncovered that Park Geun-hye, President of South Korea, had been seeking the advice of a woman named Choi Soon-sil, the daughter of an alleged shamanistic cult leader (!) Continue reading “Is North Korea the main benefactor of South Korea’s current political scandal?”

The Madman Theory of diplomacy from Nixon to Trump: shrewd brinkmanship or dangerous naivety?

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In 1968, Richard Nixon was elected US President.  He ran with a foreign policy platform promising to end the internecine war in Vietnam and allow the US to withdraw from the quagmire in South East Asia.v

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The Communist Party of Vietnam: harnessing nationalism to strengthen government legitimacy

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South China Sea. Photo credit: http://www.nytimes.com
How does a non-democratically elected government ensure that it is viewed as the rightful and legitimate ruling power in a country? Continue reading “The Communist Party of Vietnam: harnessing nationalism to strengthen government legitimacy”