The Long Way Out: FDI in Southeast Asia

With tensions around the world so high due to China throwing its political weight around more than usual, many have speculated as to how business and industry will respond to the world “post-corona”. Nations are now debating on the future of their economic relationship with China and the possibility of decoupling its factories away from … Continue reading The Long Way Out: FDI in Southeast Asia

No Reform in Sight: China’s increasing suppression of free speech

In recent days, a Chinese academic has been removed by the Chinese government. This is because of the production of an open letter criticising the government’s handling of Covid-19 and the demand for freedom of speech. Zhang Xuezhong was arrested on Sunday night at his home in Shanghai. The letter in question was posted onto … Continue reading No Reform in Sight: China’s increasing suppression of free speech

All Quiet on the Eastern Front: The Emerging Tensions between Australia and China

The effects of COVID-19 have caused many nations to promise to investigate the origins of behind the epidemic, one of these nations being Australia. Due to such promises to pursue some form of response, Chinese officials have threatened to incur several economic consequences against Australia if it chooses to move ahead with their investigation. This … Continue reading All Quiet on the Eastern Front: The Emerging Tensions between Australia and China

The Great Risk: China and Its Relationship with Medical Supplies

Since the end of World War II, the developed (and by extension the developing world) has been entangled into a debate around globalisation and global supply chains. Such a discussion has now reached its apex and now could be forming its own realignment due to the coronavirus crisis. The start of this realignment emerged with … Continue reading The Great Risk: China and Its Relationship with Medical Supplies

Explaining the ‘China Threat’ Thesis

Note: This essay was originally written in 2018. After the end of the Cold War, the US appeared triumphant against its Soviet rival who had now ceased to exist, which redistributed the world’s polarity to the US and its western victors. While it arguably became a multipolar system, it still nevertheless made the US the … Continue reading Explaining the ‘China Threat’ Thesis

Coronavirus and Crackdowns: Hong Kong in Turmoil Again

On the 18th of April, the Hong Kong Police (HKP) arrested fifteen individuals. Among them were veteran pro-democracy politicians, barristers and even a media tycoon, resulting in the biggest police crackdown on the region’s pro-democracy movement since last year. Within the group of arrested individuals were Martin Lee (Democratic Party founder), Margaret Ng (former politician … Continue reading Coronavirus and Crackdowns: Hong Kong in Turmoil Again