US President Joe Biden heads to a trilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (right) and Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (left) at the White House in Washington, DC, on 11 April 2024. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP)

US’s 'Typhon' missile system deployed in the Philippines: A dangerous move?

Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong notes that the deployment of the US’s "Typhon" missile launcher system in the Philippines might lead to heightened tensions with China, as well as the risk of disunity within ASEAN, as alignments may shift.
Iranians celebrate following Iran's missiles and drones attack on Israel, on 15 April 2024, at Palestine square in central Tehran, Iran. (Atta Kenare/AFP)

Iran's decision to escalate shadow war risks even greater miscalculations

Academic Alessandro Arduino notes the significant escalation and risk of conflict expansion brought about by Iran’s latest attack on Israel. If it was hard for China to do more than urge restraint in the past, it would be harder now to do so with Iran’s decision to escalate the shadow war.
People ride bicycles along a street at a business district in Beijing, China, on 16 April 2024. (Wang Zhao/AFP)

Deteriorating legal order: US-China rivalry and the challenge to WTO rules

Academic Wang Jiangyu opines that the World Trade Organization (WTO)’s power has been declining, given that its appellate body’s ability to hear the disputes brought forward by member states has been at a standstill since 2019. So what does it mean for China to initiate dispute settlement proceedings against the US through the WTO?
Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) and Indonesia's President-elect Prabowo Subianto shake hands at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on 1 April 2024. (China Daily via Reuters)

Indonesia's Prabowo solidifying domestic legitimacy with visits to China, Japan and Malaysia

A defence minister’s courtesy calls take on a different significance, albeit only slightly, when he will take over as Indonesia’s president in a matter of months.
Soldiers take part in training at an army base in Hsinchu, Taiwan, on 6 February 2024. (Ann Wang/Reuters)

Ma Ying-jeou built a bridge, would William Lai cross it?

US academic Zhu Zhiqun opines that although Ma Ying-jeou built a bridge for future cross-strait dialogue and exchange through his recent visit to mainland China, how cross-strait relations will develop in the next few years largely hinges on Taiwan's president-elect William Lai’s decision.
Demonstrators wave Iran's flag and Palestinian flags as they gather in front of the British embassy in Tehran, Iran, on 14 April 2024, after Iran launched a drone and missile attack on Israel. (Atta Kenare/AFP)

How to understand Iran’s attack on Israel?

Although its consulate was attacked, military retaliation was not Iran's first choice against its enemy, opines Chinese academic Fan Hongda. In the absence of a peaceful resolution to the dispute, it has no choice but to retaliate militarily against Israel. In this way, Iran launched an attack on Israel on 14 April.
A large screen shows news coverage of Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) meeting former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou in Beijing on 10 April 2024. (Greg Baker/AFP)

Xi-Ma meeting: Can Chinese ethnic sentiments bridge the gap between Taiwan and the mainland?

As an advocate of the 1992 Consensus, former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has always been in support of “one China, different interpretations”. However, during his recent trip to mainland China, he continually emphasised the common Chinese ethnicity, perhaps to rouse China’s sentiments.
People participate in the annual Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown on 25 February 2024 in New York City. (Michael M. Santiago/AFP)

China-US competition: Managing bottom lines for a win-win situation

Academic Fei-Ling Wang says that the competition between China and the US could become a non-zero-sum game that is mutually beneficial to the two sides and even to the world. This would depend on how the countries uphold their worldview, outlook on life and values and are able to "live and let live".
Philippine Coast Guard personnel prepare rubber fenders after Chinese Coast Guard vessels blocked their way to a resupply mission at the Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea, on 5 March 2024. (Adrian Portugal/Reuters)

Would Marcos’s dialogue promises bring peace and stability to the South China Sea?

The joint military exercises that the Philippines has conducted with the US and its allies have not only failed to decrease China’s “offensives” but also incited its “aggressiveness”, says Chinese academic Peng Nian.