China’s rise and the threat of a new cold war

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The phenomenal growth of Chinese military power is challenging the post-war hegemony in the Pacific, but it remains dependent on the US for its future economic stability, writes Adrian Budd

The Phase One Trade Deal signed by Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in January marked a cease-fire in the twoyear tariff war between the US and China, the world’s major economic powers. The US reduced tariffs on certain Chinese exports while China agreed to increase imports from the US and improve protection of US intellectual property rights. Since then US-China relations have unravelled rapidly and are at their lowest ebb since the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.

Imperialism and the new wars in the Middle East

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The decline of US imperialism in the Middle East is fuelling rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Simon Assaf looks at the region as it plunges deeper into violence and uncertainty.

In the heady days of the Arab Spring revolutions, tens of millions of people took to the streets in vast movements for change that raised the possibility of a deep transformation of the region. The retreat of these revolutions has been marked by a return of repression and the unleashing of horrific sectarianism.


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