While the world is still dealing with the impacts of the pandemic, the Russian and Chinese militaries seem to be growing closer than ever. On December 22nd, 2020, Russian and Chinese bombers flew a joint patrol mission over an area of the Western Pacific that is dangerously close to disputed territories between China, South Korea, and Japan. This mission succeeds a first one in 2019 which had already shaken up peace in East Asia.
The political turmoil happening in Thailand has accompanied the news for the whole of 2020. But what is happening in Thailand? Understanding the sociopolitical dynamics of the Thai nation is extremely complicated, as its history is characterized by intense and frequent political shocks that have left space for confusion and little opportunity for the growth of this country. The current protests led by the Thai youth, however, seem to have the needed potential to change the future political landscape of this country.
Oil and natural gas are undergoing an important crisis, as they are running out worldwide. In this context, powers like Russia and China have chosen to detach from the reliance on Middle Eastern oil, and have been seeking to create their own regional independence to the point companies such as Gazprom and Sinopec have overtaken US and European former leaders like ExxonMobil and Shell. What does this imply for oil security in Northeast Asia? And how are these countries coping with sustainability and oil consumption?
As the American elections approach, Joe Biden could become the next President of the United States of America. In foreign policy, his experience in the Senate and as Vice President during the Obama administration could determine future strategies. How will Biden approach the rising power of China? And what role will the US continue to pursue in East Asia?
Brexit has inevitably revolutionized the position of the UK in geopolitics, and the latter has had to start over agreements with the whole world. Finding itself in such a globalised environment that demands deals to be secured rapidly, it is inevitable the UK has been wanting to prioritise agreements that would bring win-win benefits for its growth as an individual power. These, including the deal with Japan, will take time to perfection.
This Human Story treats issues concerning racial discrimination and identity. Due to the success the BLM movement has had worldwide, TNGO aims to widen this conversation to another group affected by COVID-19 discrimination: the Overseas Chinese.
In East Asia, some small cities could even be considered more powerful than big countries. This analytical report compares the political and economic structures of Hong Kong and Singapore, two leading Asian Tigers, concluding that their differences continuously unite and divide them over time, but that one cannot survive without the other.
Ping-Pong Diplomacy between Japan and China is causing tensions to rise in the East China Sea.
Is there a solution to the Sino-Chinese frictions?