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South Korea’s Green Path to Recovery

South Korea’s Green Path to Recovery

18/12/2020 The crisis sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic turned out to be an inspiring one when considering green policies and sustainability. Many countries have welcomed recovery plans in response to the economic crisis emanating from the pandemic, prioritising economic reform and a more sustainable growth model. South Korea is certainly one of them. Immediately after

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The 14th Five-Year Plan: a high-speed roadmap for China

The 14th Five-Year Plan: a high-speed roadmap for China

17/12/2020 While the media spotlights were set on the 2020 US elections, the fifth Plenum of the 19th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was held in Beijing from 26 to 29 October 2020. This event has a tremendous significance not only in Chinese domestic policy, but also for its resonance with the

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Japan and Africa: Development Aid or Equal Partners?

Japan and Africa: Development Aid or Equal Partners?

17/11/2020 China’s investment in Africa has become a quite well-known phenomenon over the past few years, especially as part of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Yet, it should not be forgotten that Japan has also been playing a significant role on the African stage. After the Cold War, European investment in African countries had

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Czech Republic-China relations: An Eventful Decade

Czech Republic-China relations: An Eventful Decade

  10/11/2020 Relations between the Czech Republic and China continue to persevere despite a turbulent decade in their bilateral relationship. Since 2013, the Czech Republic, under the leadership of President Miloš Zeman, had originally sought close economic and thus political ties to China. However, Zeman underestimated the deep polarisation evident in the Czech political culture

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Risk Diversification: Germany Joins the Indo-Pacific Policy Arena

Risk Diversification: Germany Joins the Indo-Pacific Policy Arena

  10/11/2020 Following suit after France’s security strategy in the Indo-Pacific region, Germany is the second country in the EU to present its official vision on the region. On 1 September 2020, the German Federal Foreign Office unveiled its 70-page policy guidelines on the Indo-Pacific region, aiming at constructing multifaceted multilateral partnerships. The Indo-Pacific, to

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Requiem for a River: The Troubled Waters of the Mekong

Requiem for a River: The Troubled Waters of the Mekong

10/11/2020 As Southeast Asia’s longest river, the Mekong embodies both the region’s heart and lifeblood. Despite offering countless benefits to its population for thousands of years, the river is now increasingly facing a plethora of challenges – particularly in relation to hydropower development – which are putting its very existence in jeopardy. In a strategic

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The Myanmar 2020 Election – A Way Out or a Democratic Disillusionment?

The Myanmar 2020 Election – A Way Out or a Democratic Disillusionment?

  30/10/2020 On 8 November 2020, general elections will be held in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. For the second time since the 2011 democratic transition, citizens will be asked to cast their vote. Despite observers and academics entrusting the National League for Democracy (NLD) victory, the nascent democratic system will surely be

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