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

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Sad commentary on the state of transatlantic relations

According to media reports President Donald Trump plans to withdraw roughly a third of the US troops stationed in Germany. How would you read this, does it has some rationale and from your perspective what does it tell us about the current state of transatlantic relations? Read few comments.

An M2A2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle is driven off the US Vehicle Carrier ENDURANCE as a part of the Exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20 taht was interrupted by COVID-19 pandemics. Credit: NATO

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Is the EU a survivor?

What do the current tragic pandemic and coronacrisis tell us about the ability of the EU to survive? Taking also into account a new tool the EC is putting on the table, means a new recovery instrument, Next Generation EU. 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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EU-Western Balkans relations in the times of coronacrisis

How much is COVID-19 pandemic changing the dynamics of the EU-WB relations, would you say it has uncovered something significant in the EU-WB relations, or basically everything is more or less the same as we also see that the EU-Western Balkans summit goes on, though in the online form? 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: 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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How serious is Trump’s administration about arms control negotiations?

As the Trump’s administration has chosen a special envoy for nuclear talks Marshall Billingslea, do you think that the Withe House is serious about negotiating arms control treaties, especially when we talk about the possible extension of the New START? Read few comments.

US President Donald Trump. Credit: White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

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Look who’s talking. Ayatollah Khamenei

How do you read a public statement of Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, why do you think he felt it was needed to lead Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time since 2012? Read few comments.

Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Credit: http://english.khamenei.ir/

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