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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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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The killing of General Qasem Soleimani: What’s (perhaps) next for US-Iran relations?

The US said the death of General Qasem Suleimani should deter Tehran from future attacks on American assets. But Iran vows revenge over his killing. So in your opinion, what’s next? Another escalation that could perhaps lead to full scale war? Or maybe something less dramatic, and why? Read few comments.
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What should/will allies do about US President Trump and his racist remarks?

Not sure how do you assess this but I think that Trump’s tweets, statements are these days openly racist. Do you think that this is an issue also for the US allies, and do you think it requires some reaction, or not and why? I am asking this because transatlantic relations are based also on values, albeit sometimes pretty vague definition of values. Read few comments.

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Does Trump divide the world into two groups?

Europe treats us worse than China, President Donald Trump said  ahead of the G20 summit. What do you expect this time from POTUS on the international scene, especially taking into account the state of transatlantic relations?

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Trump in the UK: A special relationship?

How would you shortly assess UK-US relations in the age of President Donald Trump, what is Trump bringing with him for the visit? Read few comments.

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Could US-Iran relations erupt into a military conflict?

How much we should be worried about the continuing escalation between the US and Iran? Do you see any indications that the current situation might lead to some military action (from any side), or you perhaps see this less dramatically? Read few comments.
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US declares Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. Where could this lead?

As the U.S. labels Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a foreign terrorist organization how do you read this move? Is it justified and do you think that Iran will react somehow as it will put some additional pressure on the regime? Read few comments.
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Second Trump-Kim summit: Any kind of progress?

Assessing the period from Trump-Kim summit in Singapore until now do you expect some progress and on what topics during the upcoming summit in Vietnam, or you don’t expect much of a progress, and why? Read few comments.

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

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Pompeo in (central) Europe: What is his message?

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is visiting Europe, also Hungary, Slovakia and Polland. Read few comments. Continue reading