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Why Biden’s “democracy club” is likely to fail

The increasing tensions between China and the United States have taken Washington to revive old ideas. One example of that is the Summit of Democracies that was held virtually last December. The idea of a concert of democracies is not new and was already tried before, however unsuccessfully. Biden’s administration is now trying to carry out this concept as a way to tackle autocracies like China and Russia. But will it work this time?

President Xi Jinping State Visit to the UK

China in the Pacific: How is Beijing flexing its power in the region

The Pacific Islands and their vast expanse of ocean have never been a major source of traditional military threats. The post-World War Two security architecture of the Pacific has historically been dominated by the United States. Yet today, China’s diplomatic and economic push into the Pacific is incrementally reshaping the strategic landscape. While its presence in the region is not new, Beijing has capitalised on the dissonance between Washington and the Pacific Island nations by steadily and significantly expanding its commercial and geopolitical clout. As a result, ten of the fourteen Pacific Island nations now recognise the One China policy, which warrants considerable attention from the United States and other regional actors such as Australia.

China State Visit, 2 Dec 2015

Chinese Technology: A Political Tool of the Chinese Communist Party?

Investments in research and development are key factors for the competitiveness of one’s economy, and according to research, the correlation between a country’s technological innovation and its economic power is indeed positive. As Xi Jinping has done everything in his power to utilise Chinese technological supremacy in international politics, it is vital to examine the relationship between technological development and political power to explain how it has come to the point of China soon overtaking the US as the most powerful country in the world.