In late 2017, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress issued an Advisory Interpretation for the very first time. It arose from the intense debate about establishing joint Hong Kong and Mainland immigration facilities at the new Hong Kong High Speed Rail station.
With the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s international profile in education and research is going up. This phenomenon can be termed geo-intellect, a subset of China’s global power project.
China is developing weapons that could take out US space systems in a conflict. In response to this threat, the Trump Administration has proposed a US Space Force to protect US interests in space. The USSF received a mixed reception and faces a long road to its creation.
In response to the dissolution of the main opposition and the perceived deterioration of human rights and democracy in Cambodia, the United States and European Union have taken measures in an attempt to reverse Cambodia’s democratic backsliding.
At the second Belt and Road Forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping attempted to allay growing complaints that the BRI was a predatory debt trap and said that China would promote high financial and environmental standards to steer its projects.
In the Kuomintang, the most popular candidate Han Kuo-yu, the newly-elected Mayor of Kaohsiung, and the richest man in Taiwan and chairman of Foxconn, Terry Guo are set to fight for the party’s nomination for the 2020 presidential election.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s 2017 campaign strategy of “relentless positivity” was criticized as “naive at best, if not deluded.” All these misgivings were laid to rest when Ardern had to confront the Christchurch mosque shootings in March 2019.
Following recent battlefield losses, IS has compressed its various wilayats (provinces) in Iraq and Syria into two and moved away from the proto-state model of the Caliphate. In other words, IS has pivoted from a territorial to a spiritual Caliphate.