The most striking feature of the security environment on the Korean Peninsula is the gap between assessments made by political leaders and the growing array of asymmetrical threats emanating from North Korea.
The global economy is on extended sick leave and central banks’ actions have failed to contain the contagion.
China has tried to carefully manage relations with the United States while deploying its expanded economic and military strength around the world. The coronavirus has further strained China’s ties with the United States and raised questions about Beijing’s global leadership.
The secret vote for the director post at the World Intellectual Property Organization has handed China a crushing defeat, with an official from Singapore winning by 55-28 against China’s candidate, a long-time UN civil servant in the agency.
The democratic pressure does not seem to be diminishing and could have political consequences in the elections later this year.
The coronavirus outbreak has exposed just how difficult it’s becoming for China and the United States to cooperate—even in situations when the lives of their citizens are at stake.
The coronavirus crisis has provided a live experiment of the consequences of a massive, if perhaps short-term, involuntary decoupling between China and the United States.
China is no longer the country it was at the time of the contaminated blood cases or the SARS epidemic. The whole population uses social networks, and even more so while in voluntary, or imposed, confinement.
The coronavirus has taken a devastating toll on its victims in China and elsewhere. But the epidemic has also exposed the downsides of leaning too heavily on China to power neighboring economies.
After a year of open debate on 5G risks, a lot of it centered on the case of China’s Huawei, explicit policies are coming out in Europe.