Author: Joshua Robinson

Italy To Join China’s Belt And Road Initiative

In a deal that has surprised many, Italy has signed on to become a part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). President Xi Jinping met recently with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and the two leaders reached an agreement, signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to allow for: greater cooperation

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Hanoi Summit Failure: Learning The Lessons Of The Past

The relationship between North Korea and its neighbours has always been tenuous, and its present relationship with the United States even more so. The recent Hanoi Summit collapse is not the first time that talks with North Korea have fallen apart as a result of an unwillingness to denuclearize. The

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Okinawans Vote On Henoko US Base Relocation

On Sunday, Okinawans will vote in a non-binding referendum on the fate of the Futenma airbase relocation. The government has recently expressed plans to move the air-base that has existed since 1945 50km away from Okinawa to a more remote coastal landfill called Henoko. Around 1.15 million people are eligible

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Improving The West’s Relationship With Africa: Lessons From Africa-China Relations?

In the wake of turbulent trade agreements and international controversy, China continues to focus on its relationship with Africa. During the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held in Beijing in September last year, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed the continuing investment into the continent from China.

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French Police Use Tear Gas As Protests Escalate

During the latest round of rallies, police have utilized tear gas against protesters throughout Central France. As many as 125,000 demonstrators, belonging to the “Yellow Vest” movement, came out to march across the country, with 10,000 taking to the streets of Paris. In response, notable landmarks such as the Eiffel

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Taiwan President Quits As Party Leader Following Local Election

In a recent announcement, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has announced that she will be stepping down as the leader of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The resignation follows the recent defeat of the DPP in the Local Elections on Saturday, which saw the victory instead of the Kuomintang (KMT) party

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Taiwanese Anti-China Sentiment: Growing Resentment With Maintaining The Status Quo

Earlier this year, Taiwanese Anti-China Sentiment has dramatically increased following China’s claims for reunification with the island nation. This sentiment has materialized into protests organized by those who are against possible reunification of Taiwan with Beijing. Thousands gathered outside of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) office in Taipei, the capital city of

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The Health Risk Of Indonesia’s Rising Death Toll

Health warnings were issued in Indonesia following the rising death toll in the wake of the recent natural disaster. The warnings were issued to the individuals trapped within the afflicted zones of Petobo and Balaroa following the recent mudslides in the region. The message warns of the potential contamination that

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United States Ambassador Summoned Over China Military Sanctions

The United States Ambassador was summoned to China for the purpose of negotiating recent military sanctions. The move comes after China’s decision to purchase S-400 Surface-to-Air Missiles and Sukhoi SU-35 Jets from Russia as part of a trade deal to increase its military arsenal. This transaction was viewed by the

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Yemen-Geneva Peace Talks Stall After Houthi Absence

The most recent talks between Yemen and the rebel Houthi group have recently fallen through in Geneva. The UN-sponsored talks between the Yemen ambassador and the rebel delegates was left unable to commence due to logistics issues stalling the Houthi representatives from attending the talks. The inability of the United

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The Rohingya Crisis: One Year On

The Rohingya crisis is one that has been ongoing for decades, seeing countless waves of violence and annexes from within their own nation by Myanmar military forces, and has recently escalated. On August 25th, 2017, a group of Rohingya were forced to flee into Bangladesh after the state begun a

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Death Toll Rises as Floods Ravage Myanmar

The death toll of Myanmar’s latest radical weather has risen to twelve in the wake of the monsoon season that is ravaging South-East Asia. The monsoon rains and flooding has displaced up to 148,386 people in Myanmar, who are presently taking shelter within 327 temporary camps set up to aid

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The Troubling Trend Of Escalation And Cease-Fire In Gaza

On Saturday, 21 July, a deal was reached between Hamas and Israel bringing with it another reprieve for the troubled Gaza Strip. The deal was brokered by Egyptian and United Nations officials after an Israeli Soldiers fired live ammunition and tear gas towards Palestinian protesters on Friday. Over 120 people were

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Ceasefire Called Between Rebels And Syrian Government At Deraa

With the taking of the Nasib Crossing, a ceasefire agreement between Syrian government and rebel forces has finally been declared. The ceasefire was heralded by the approach of armoured cars heading toward the Nasib-Jaber border that bore flags from both Syrian and Russian forces. Hours earlier, Rebel fighters reached an

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Rival Leaders Set To Meet In South Sudanese Capital

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has agreed to conduct talks with his rival, and former vice president, Riek Machar. The talks will take place on Monday in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, and will follow talks on Wednesday and Thursday in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Abada. The talks will

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