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Saudi Arabia seeks to ink billion dollar landmark deals with China

Saudi Arabia seeks to ink billion dollar landmark deals with China

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s month long trip to Asia kicked off with a landmark three day visit to Beijing as he, along with Chinese President Xi Jingping, signed a series of deals worth up to $65 billion. As China looks to expand its sphere of influence in the Middle East, and the Saudis...
No Confidence: Taiwan and China’s Lack of Trust for Trump

No Confidence: Taiwan and China’s Lack of Trust for Trump

On 2 December 2016, Tsai Ing-Wen, the president of Taiwan, called U.S. President Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory in the recent election. Nine days later, Trump told the Wall Street Journal that ‘everything is under negotiation… including One China,’ a direct affront to the People’s Republic of China. In Taiwan, news of...
India-Japan Nuclear Bi-Lateral Deal Shakes Up the Far East

India-Japan Nuclear Bi-Lateral Deal Shakes Up the Far East

On 11 November, after six years of negotiation, India and Japan signed a landmark nuclear deal at the India-Japan Bilateral Summit in Tokyo. The deal, which was confirmed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe while on a trip to India in 2015, will allow for Japanese export of nuclear technology and equipment to expand India’s...
The Philippines Pivot Towards China

The Philippines Pivot Towards China

After sixty-five years of military ties between the United States and the Philippines, Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has finally decided enough is enough. In a blistering speech on 7 October, Duterte stated: ‘For as long as I am [here], do not treat [the Philippines] like a doormat because you’ll be sorry for it. I will...
The Problem with Germany’s Healthcare

The Problem with Germany’s Healthcare

Despite its economic dominance in Europe, Germany, like many of its neighbours, suffers from a rapidly ageing population. It is estimated that one out of five German citizens today are aged sixty-five or older. This demographic has allowed for the rise of a lucrative healthcare sector with an economic output of 287.3 billion euros as...
The Good and The Bad: Remembering First Lady Reagan's Legacy in Foreign Policy

The Good and The Bad: Remembering First Lady Reagan’s Legacy in Foreign Policy

Nancy Reagan, the wife of late U.S. president Ronald Reagan passed away on 6 March at the age of ninety-four. Headlines around the world remembered the former First Lady as a tour de force of personal style and as a woman who deeply influenced the White House during her husband’s presidency. As First Lady, Reagan...
Tumultuous Tidings From Taiwan

Tumultuous Tidings From Taiwan

Tsai Ing-wen, the presidential candidate of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party, won 16 January a landslide victory in both the presidential and legislative elections over Eric Chu of the incumbent Kuomintang (KMT), or Nationalist Party. With her victory, Tsai promised a ‘new era of politics in Taiwan’. Such a statement carries enormous consequence due to the...