Regional Outlook, Global Perspective

US President Donald Trump last week announced tariffs on another $US50 billion of Chinese goods, prompting China to retaliate by adding extra 25 per cent tariffs on 545 US products — including agricultural goods. China, as promised, officially announced new retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods on Saturday. China’s Commerce Ministry released a statement early Saturday morning insisting the country did not want a trade war,  but would nonetheless “fight back vigorously” now that the U.... Read more...

The jury is still out but the global audience has made their opinion known. In the Trump - Kim show last Tuesday, Kim scored more on the PR meter by looking cool. Crowds in Singapore and the media adopted him on the world stage of leaders. But the clear winners, however, are Russia and China. Meanwhile, the losers are the US allies, especially Japan. We don't know about the US military and diplomatic professionals. The joint exercises will be stopped, Trump says, which will not be welcomed by th... Read more...

According to Zbigniew Brzezinski, there are five major shifts that will shape the world to come, besides that worrying story of America’s fracturing. They are - in no particular order - the Russians coming of age, the European community settling in as a moderating influence, the Islamic violent awakening and the emergence of China as the next superpower. For Southeast Asia, the most direct issue is how Superpower China will evolve as the dominant influence in this part of the world. We are ... Read more...

When Jared Kushner made his address at the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, he said that this would take the peace process forward. Because now, he says, the issue of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was off the table. The major fallacy here is that every nation has a right to choose its own capital, but it should be in its own territory. Jerusalem is not universally accepted as Israeli territory because West Jerusalem was annexed by Israel in 1947 and East Jerusalem was taken by... Read more...