Zhang Dejiang, a ranking politburo member of the Chinese Communist Party, visited Hong Kong in May 2016. The highlight of his trip turned out to be gatherings with selected pro-democracy politicians from the island who espouse a more moderate position.
Today, Western democracy is trapped with its self-inflicted damage. Voting works if and only if voters understand what it is really about and the Brexit poll clearly demonstrated that the direction of fundamental policy choices could be out of the control of the people at large.
The June 23 Brexit referendum saw the UK vote to leave the European Union. The exit decision shocked the world with implications not only in the political and economic arenas of the UK and EU, but which also has far reaching repercussions beyond Europe.
China has won the title of the “world’s builder” by applying its monetary resources via aid and investments and expertise to construct roads, railroads, dams, communications facilities, pipelines, ports, economic zones and more to projects abroad. America was once the world’s “connector.’ That is no more.
While countries are dealing with populism internally, the world as a whole is witnessing great changes in geopolitics. Geopolitical clashes in the Middle East, between the two Koreas, and in the South China Sea, and humanitarian issues like the European migrant crisis, have made the world an unsafe place.
Misconceptions of China’s New Normal politics has led to suspicion and distrust from the West. Furthermore, such misperceptions and misconceptions have started to affect these countries’ policies towards China.
Economic policies beg for a major update from the implementation of the Doi Moi reforms in 1986. To ensure full integration into the global economy, including fulfilling expectations of the TPP, Vietnam need to do some serious adjustments.
The results of South Korea’s legislative elections on April 13 took many by surprise, as the ruling party was roundly defeated by two opposition parties. President Park’s government will be greatly challenged by the legislature on both domestic and foreign policy fronts.