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The EU should refuse any negotiation on Huawei

COVID-19 has emerged as a catalyst of troublesome trends in international relations. It has revived the US-China rivalry and further put international institutions under stress. EU-China relations have not been unscathed. China has emerged as a necessary partner in times of need and there is space for cooperation in [...]

Trump gets the war he wanted: against China

Opinion polls draw a rather bleak picture for Donald Trump who is seeking re-election. As of 24 July, data shows that Joe Biden is ahead in the twelve swing states. This margin exceeds seven points in all of them, except for Arizona and North Carolina. In this context, a [...]

A new kid on the block? China in the security conundrum of the eastern Mediterranean

The eastern Mediterranean, a strategically important region both in terms of connectivity and geopolitics, is plagued by inherent political instability and a long history of intractable conflicts, either ongoing or frozen ones –Palestine, Cyprus, Syria and Libya readily spring to mind. And there has been quite a bit of [...]

Asia-Pacific global presence: the emerged region

The Elcano Global Presence Index includes 19 countries from the Asia-Pacific region, 99.5% of the region’s GDP and 96.7 % of its population.  By regions, Asia-Pacific ranks now third in the global presence ranking (with an index value close to that of North America), after recording an impressive growth [...]

China in Africa, a hybrid strategy

Since China began its opening to the world just over 40 years ago, the international society has witnessed the awakening of the great Asian giant, which, embracing a new slogan of “peace and development”, has burst firmly onto the global scene to transform its geopolitics and alter the balance [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega When China catches a cold, the world shudders

‘Quand la Chine s’éveillera, le monde tremblera’ (‘When China awakes, the world will tremble’), said Napoleon Bonaparte. It awoke some time ago and the rest of the world, especially the part that can no longer perhaps be referred to as the West, far from trembling, has sought to benefit [...]

Is Sri Lanka caught in China’s ‘debt trap’? A view from the ground

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Sri Lanka thanks to an invitation from the Bandarainaike Centre for International Studies, based in Colombo, and the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka. It was obviously an exercise in public diplomacy by the Chinese Government. The official aim of the exercise [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Social media in China: the regime is more concerned about what people do than what they say

The Internet is essential to a country like China, riding high on the great wave of technology. But it gives the regime the headache of control. Apart from its Great Firewall, the Chinese state runs an elaborate system of censorship and manipulation of social media. It has just proved [...]

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