Three years after the failed military coup in Myanmar, there is genuine hope within the country for democratic resistance. By the end of 2023 and into the beginning of 2024, Myanmar reached a turning point, with significant successes achieved by the revolutionary movement, particularly on the battlefield. For the first time since the coup, there is a growing possibility that the resistance movement may prevail against the military dictatorship.
- Most people in Taiwan support maintaining the status quo in the island’s political dispute with mainland China for now (28.6 percent) or indefinitely (32.1 percent). Less than 8 percent support either unification with the PRC as soon as possible or maintaining the status quo while moving toward unification. Nearly 63 percent of the population feels “Taiwanese” and an even larger majority (84.3 percent) opposes a “one country, two systems” model, especially after Beijing’s crackdown on Hong Kong. Given these data, and that the PRC views the island as a “rogue” province and has vowed to eventually bring it back under control – not excluding military intervention – it is no surprise that mainland affairs and the relations with China are absolutely key to Taiwan’s upcoming elections.
- China’s foreign policy faces complexity due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It seeks access to resources and markets for its development and aims to challenge the dominance of the US, EU, and NATO. China cannot support Russia nor back NATO’s leadership. It seeks stability through diplomacy and maintains strict political control. However, Putin’s invasion and NATO’s response create strategic headaches for China, affecting its carefully promoted multipolar world order. China’s stability seems more secure than Russia’s, but uncertainties remain amid the changing global landscape.
- Armenia struggles with its international standing as its increased isolation may mean that it will not be in a position to negotiate with its neighbor Azerbaijan over any future conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
- Chess pursues the elimination of pieces; Go the encirclement of territory. Against US containment policy, China is expanding where there is space to expand.
- How can the relationship between the State and civil society be undestood in a Chinese perspective? Runya Qiaoan gives her assessment in this video-interview shot on the margins of Reset DOC’s 2022 Venice Seminars, “Between State and Civil Society: Who Protects Individual Liberties and Human Dignity?”
- Despite its size and demographic weight, India has never managed to become the geopolitical giant it hoped to be in recent decades. It’s fast-paced economic and demographic growth however will soon permit it to surpass it’s historical colonizer making it the subject of courtship in a newly repolarized world.
- Following last August’s report published by the office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet on the state of China’s persecution against the Uyghur population in Xinjiang province, an interview with Dolkun Isa, the president of the World Uyghur Congress highlights that still more needs to be done by the international community.