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Global corridors of power get a Chinese makeover

As China continues its inexorable rise to global prominence, it is spreading its soft power throughout the global corridors of...

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China’s BRI project is environmentally harmful

Beijing is keeping its development and commercial banks, construction and engineering firms busy while exporting a lot of dirty technology...

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Virtual jihad has an enduring legacy

As a result of Trump’s widely criticised removal of the last vestiges of an American physical presence in Syria, foreign...

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China’s new world order

Xi wants to guarantee supremacy of China throughout this century and beyond.     Today China and the United States...

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A new form of war is taking shape

The emergence of weapons that will likely shape tomorrow’s wars range from cyberwarfare to drones and from AI to virtual...

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China shouldn’t have developing country status in international organisations

Even as China increases its economic presence through investment and influence, it continues to reap benefits intended to accrue to...

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China, rare earth minerals and nuclear options

Beijing argued that it had also suspended its exports of REMs to the US and Europe.   In 2010, China...

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What China’s Cybersecurity Law says about the future

As a contrast to Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, which seeks to protect individual rights and rein in the actions...

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China’s global influence is expanding

As part of Beijing’s attempt to exert influence in foreign affairs, its state-run media companies are expanding their integration with...

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US concerns over Huawei justified

Washington is wanting to place itself in a superior competitive position just as Beijing is.   The Huawei saga has...

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China, the South China Sea, and misplaced national pride

Beijing has mastered the art of playing the international system against itself. Nowhere is this better exemplified, nor is China’s...

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China races to reign supreme in Artificial Intelligence

China already has 40% of the world’s trained AI scientists and most large universities have launched AI programs, meaning that...

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The Rise of Virtual Jihad

ISIS has exploited the socio-political environment and young adults’ obsession with technology.   Cyberspace is the ideal platform for terrorists...

U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping arrive at a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

China and the folly of extreme punditry

Experts are of the opinion that China will soon either end up conquering the world or all its efforts will...

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AI-driven globalization creating massive disruptions in economies worldwide

The two countries that appear to be the best positioned to leap forward in the coming decade are China and...

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Space: The final frontier for cyberwarfare

Any satellite that can change orbit can be considered a space weapon, but military commanders, policymakers do not fully understand...

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As Trump reorders the world order

It has become clear over the first 18 months of the Trump presidency that what we are witnessing is nothing...

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Weaponised: Why space warfare is inevitable

There is increasing chatter among the world’s major military powers about how space is fast becoming the next battleground. China,...

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Peace on Korean peninsula: When common sense trumps political punditry

My prediction: Korean War will be formally ended, the peninsula will be denuclearised, and a lasting peace will be the...

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Social media and Zombie Voter Syndrome

Today’s voters appear to think less critically, demand less of the media, and are more easily manipulated.   Since the...

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Management ‘gurus’ and global risk agility

Management “gurus” have been beating some familiar drums over the past several decades, encompassing some recurring themes, such as the...

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Time to embrace a genuine middle ground in North Korea

There is a lot of posturing occurring in advance of the highly anticipated meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong...

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Trump’s tariffs and some truths about ‘free’ trade

The supposition that free trade is always a net positive or that the imposition of tariffs is always a net...

China has a distorted vision of the world

The emergence of any new global power often profoundly shifts the political and economic landscape and causes considerable discomfort among...