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 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.
A distinctive Chinese way of thinking about the Korean peninsula and the Taiwan Strait is that they are comprehensively and integrally interconnected, and that China will take advantage of events on the Korean peninsula to seek to resolve the Taiwan “problem”.
Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari was on a nine-day state visit to China which concluded on April 30, 2019. Invited by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Bhandari also attended and addressed the Second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.
Peace talks were held between the United States and the Taliban in March 2019. There are two differences between the Afghan government and the US that compelled the Afghans to raise objections to the peace process.
Xi Jinping Thought is a product of its time. China is maturing as an economic identity and is also indigenizing and entrenching its model of development. The philosophy appears to be a response to that maturation and emergence as a major power.
The Top Ten winners of the annual Skytrax World Airport Awards have recently been announced. They beat out 550 other airports. Being the best was important to them in a hyper-competitive world at a time of shifting geopolitics and geo-economics.