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Whither the trade war?

After years of unqualified success, Beijing may have met its match in Donald Trump’s trade war – weakening China’s aspirations on other fronts, including its signature Belt and Road ambitions.

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More than talkfests

Summits are often dismissed as mere talk shops, but they can also be significant events that create opportunities for a safer and better world.

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Time for East Asia

AS an indication of how out of touch some international pundits of Asia are, they still call North-East Asia (China, Japan and Korea) “East Asia.”

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Heeding the realities

The international marketplace can be an unforgiving arena, if the hard economic realities of global markets are replaced by sentimentality or nostalgia.

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Non-Western Eurasia rises

Where US policymakers are not at war with themselves in Washington they threaten trade wars against allies and rivals – leaving much of the world to the fallout.

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Art of the Korean deal

The much-publicised Trump-Kim summit has run into some expected roadblocks on an already rough road, but remains a common destination potholes and all.

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The storm continues

Changes in Malaysia in the last few days have been shocking, requiring a post-mortem with hard-headed diagnosis, especially with the continous aftershocks.

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Fumbling and stumbling

THE Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has a term for operations that backfire: blowback.

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Skies darken over Syria

AS if on schedule, US missiles backed by British and French forces attacked Syria yesterday, one year and a week after similar Cruise missiles hit targets in Syria.

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Misunderstanding Asean

When even Asean leaders fail to understand its history, purpose and character, something must be seriously wrong.

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Four eyes over Korea

Suddenly, and most unexpectedly, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have agreed to sit down to talk with each other, sending everyone else speculating over everything.

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Trapped by history

From the colonial era to the Cold War period to the present, some old, outdated attitudes that are divisive, harmful and regressive still linger.

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