When, in 1972, Nixon pointed out to Mao Zedong that "the Chinese President changed the world", Mao just answered "no, only something on the outskirts of Beijing." In the mind of the Chinese President, a Taoist poet, that was the sense of the natural centrality of the "Middle Empire" compared to the First World (the United States and the USSR, namely "the barbarians of the North"), to the Second World (namely the  servants of either power) and to the Third World, the region that was bound to be represented and dominated by China.

Published in East Asia

China and Madagascar have a very long-term relationship. Their connection finds its way back in history. A silky road has already tied the two countries centuries ago. Indeed, from the 13th and 14th centuries, in the Yuan dynasty, China already had three routes to Africa, one of them includes Madagascar.

Published in East Asia

Highlights:  1. Chinese President Xi Jinping described a two-stage plan for China's "socialist modernisation" by 2050, which would see it become more "prosperous and beautiful" through environmental and economic reforms;

Published in East Asia

As Japanese voters have given him a fresh endorsement he sought badly, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has swept to a comfortable victory in a snap election on October 22 Sunday, handing him a mandate to harden his already hawkish stance on North Korea and re-energies the world's number-three economy (after USA and China) .

Published in East Asia

True, every turn and twist in Chinese politics has been accompanied by the compulsive projection of foreign policy in terms of principled constancy and shifts that followed. Nowadays, it is a commonplace to argue how many fundamental changes have occurred in post-Deng China since 1997.

Published in East Asia

The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) has emerged as the new destination for the global peace and development (GPDP) and bound to create a new space wedded to the idea of global sovereign equality (GSE) enshrined in Article 4 of the UN Charter.

Published in Economy

To say that the Middle East is a region of instability would be an understatement. The ongoing violence in Syria & Iraq receives heavy international news coverage. Now though, it seems it's perpetuated up through to the highest levels of diplomacy.

Published in Middle East

With Australia positioned uniquely in Asia but with its roots in the west, the government’s civil service – the Australian Public Service (APS) – seems uniquely vulnerable to foreign infiltration and the government does remarkably little about it. 

Published in Australia
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