What does the new security law mean for Hong Kong and for the China-West relations?

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India vs China: Towards a bigger conflict?

At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese forces in Ladakh, Indian officials say. From your perspective, what is behind this eruption of violence? Any concerns that it might escalate into a bigger India vs China conflict? Read few comments.
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US-China relations will certainly be a major issue in the American presidential campaign

It seems that the US-China relations might be a big topic of the US presidential campaign. For better or worse neither Donald Trump nor Joe Biden probably cannot afford to go too soft on China. I might be wrong but I would say the US, but also broadly the West, is probably entering the phase of some very tense relations with China. (Limited) military conflict is most probably not a real scenario, but from your perspective, how far could this escalate? Or am I perhaps simply too negative and relations with China are not that bad? Read few comments.

President Donald Trump with President Xi Jinping. Credit: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

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Should Taiwan have (at least limited) seat in the WHO?

We are witnessing some support for Taiwan to participate as an observer at the World Heath Assembly. While it is unlikely that Taiwan well be part of it, what’s your view on this, do you think that Taiwan should participate in some limited capacity, or not, and why? Read few comments.

Taipei 101. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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COVID-19: Amid call for investigation what’s next for the West-China relations?

What do you think about the idea of holding China somehow accountable  for the COVID-19 pandemic? I might be wrong but I think the international law offers very limited tools how to do this, but maybe there could be other ways, perhaps some economic sanctions. But for sure it would increase a global tensions. So from your perspective would it be a right way forward for the West-China relations? Read few comments.

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping: Credit: http://english.gov.cn/

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When China sneezes, the global economy catches a cold?

Amid coronavirus crisis this is the first time China has seen its economy shrink in the first three months of the year since it started recording quarterly figures in 1992. I know that the prediction are hard, but in some general terms what does it mean for China domestically and what doe it mean for the global economy? Read few comments.

President Xi Jinping: Credit: http://english.gov.cn/

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Coronavirus communication: What does China want to achieve?

While I can understand that China might be not happy about some rhetoric coming from the White House re COVID-19, why do you think that Beijing is pretty aggressively trying to spread a conspiracy theory about American origins of the new coronavirus? Is it first of all for domestic purposes to shift some blame from the regime for originally probably a slow response regarding outbreak in Wuhan? Or China hopes that with that tactics the regime can achieve also something internationally, and what it would be? Read few comments.

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping: Credit: http://english.gov.cn/

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Wuhan coronavirus: Chinese regime is not delivering on its side of the social contract

Death of Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang sparks outpouring of anger. Is this somehow a serious political problem for the Chinese government, and why, or you expect regime will be able to quickly bury this? Read few comments.


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China’s (political) reaction on Wuhan coronavirus is better than on SARS but…

How do you assess China’s reaction on Wuhan coronavirus? Some observers are talking about Beijing being slow and covering things up. Read few comments.
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Taiwan’s presidential election: Incumbent Tsai Ing-wen is poised to win and what it means

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Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen. Credit: https://english.president.gov.tw/

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