Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim is a research fellow with International Public Policy Pte. Ltd. (IPP), and is the author of Cambodia and the Politics of Aesthetics (Routledge 2013). He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and has taught at Pannasastra University of Cambodia and the American University of Nigeria. Prior to joining IPP, he was a research fellow with the Longus Institute for Development and Strategy.
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By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 04 Jan 2017
Asia watchers are anxiously awaiting US President-elect Donald Trump’s first actions after his inauguration, in particular whether he will carry out his threat of designating China as a currency manipulator. Such a designation will allow US to institute punitive tariffs on Chinese imports.
The pollsters’ belief that shy Trump voters did not exist turned out to be spectacularly wrong, when groups including college-educated white men and non-college-educated white women, turned out instead to be Trump supporters. Clinton’s campaign failed to recognize how intersectionality would complicate the voting behavior of different groups in the electorate.
Trump’s proposed US-Mexico border wall was inspired by Israel’s 700 km separation barrier from the Palestinian West Bank. While the Palestinians see the barrier as an “apartheid wall,” the Israelis see it as an “anti-terrorist fence,” and Trump views it as a “successful … security fence.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s elevation as core leader will facilitate his consolidation of power, which in turn will allow him to “surround himself with allies, sideline rivals and ensure his rule is less fettered.” The Chinese Communist Party’s previous core leaders include Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Jiang Zemin.
The global crisis in democracy is not just limited to Erdoğan, Duterte, and Trump. Europe “is entering an election supercycle in which four of Europe’s five largest economies have votes that will almost certainly mean serious gains for right-wing populists and nationalists.”
The Goa Declaration that was issued at the conclusion of the 8th BRICS summit “strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations” — including the “recent attacks against some BRICS countries” — and also pledged that the BRICS nations would work with the G20 to promote “robust and sustainable trade and investment to propel global growth.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Cambodia in mid-October 2016 marked Cambodia’s entry into the growing group of nations participating in China’s “Belt and Road” initiative. President Xi pledged Chinese investment for infrastructure projects including a high-speed railway and a new airport in Siem Reap.
The peace deal between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia had proposed “reforms aimed at bringing the rebels into the political system, addressing drug trafficking through crop substitution and allowing for reduced prison sentences for rebels who lay down their arms.”