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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Will Belgium survive COVID-19 pandemics?

Do you think think that the COVID-19 pandemic could somehow exacerbate problems that might lead to more discussions about possible disintegration of Belgium? Or you perhaps see this less dramatically, and why? Read few comments.

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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:

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Coronavirus (and Benny Gantz) lend another political life to Benjamin Netanyahu

As Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz have signed a unity government deal, how many political lives does Netanyahu still have? Read few comments.

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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.

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Is Kim Jong-un screaming I am here?

Amid reshuffling the State Affairs Commission and firing missiles from ground and air is Kim Jong-un vying for the attention of the world in the time of coronacrisis or how would you read current event in North Korea? Read few comments.

President Donald J. Trump meets with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un. Credit:

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