Politics

Chinese military personnel salute as China's national flag is hoisted during the opening ceremony of the 2022 Asian Games at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province on 23 September 2023. (Philip Fong/AFP)

Japanese academic: Some concerns with China’s military AI advancements

A possible concern on the military use of AI in China, where the party controls the People’s Liberation Army, is that political rationality may take precedence over military rationality. This could heighten the risks of accidental escalation or a lack of assurance of control and safety when using such technology. Japanese academic Masaaki Yatsuzuka delves into the issue.
Yemenis brandishing their guns chant slogans during a march in solidarity with the people of Gaza, in the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa on 15 December 2023. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)

Bleak prospects for international cooperation to address Houthi Red Sea attacks

Reflecting on the rise of the Houthi attacks on vessels in the Red Sea beyond targets “linked to the Zionist entity”, academic Alessandro Arduino points out that in light of current US-China tensions in the Indo-Pacific, compounded by the polarisation of the Gaza conflict, prospects for successful multinational cooperation in addressing the ongoing maritime crisis seem bleak.
Demonstrators take part in a march in support of Palestinians in Boston, Massachusetts, US, on 17 December 2023. (Joseph Prezioso/AFP)

How Israel-Hamas war has revived debate on the clash of civilisations

Both Hamas and Israel have framed their war over Palestinian national independence as religious and civilisational, says academic Ma Haiyun. This seems to fit into Samuel Huntington’s “clash of civilisations” theory, even though to define Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a cultural fault line war is historically, religiously and intellectually untrue. Such rhetoric is dangerous, especially when talk of religious wars is turning into reality, and the US’s “Israel first” policy is undermining US diplomacy, soft power, reputation, and most importantly, international institutions such as the UN that the US has sustained after World War II.
A Long March-2F carrier rocket, carrying the Shenzhou-17 spacecraft, takes off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center for a crewed mission to China's Tiangong space station, near Jiuquan, Gansu province, China, on 26 October 2023. (China Daily via Reuters)

China’s strides in spaceflight put the US on notice

China’s recent third launch of a reusable test spacecraft clearly demonstrates that China is closing the gap with the US in spaceflight technology. Its strides in remote sensing satellite technology would also help it achieve greater military conflict preparedness. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan explains.
Vietnam's Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (centre right) bids farewell to China's President Xi Jinping (centre left) after their meeting at the Government Office in Hanoi on 13 December 2023. China and Vietnam pledged on 12 December to deepen ties during President Xi Jinping's first visit in six years. (Nhac Nguyen/AFP)

Xi Jinping in Hanoi: Courting Vietnam for a common destiny?

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Hanoi presented an opportunity for Beijing to draw Vietnam closer into its sphere of influence, especially since Vietnam has recently upgraded ties with the US and Japan. However, Vietnam’s foreign policy will continue to strike a delicate balance between China and the West.
Pedestrians walk down a shopping street in Taipei, Taiwan, on 6 December 2023. (Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg)

[Big read] No cross-strait policy to appease all parties in Taiwan's presidential race

As the Taiwan presidential election day nears, Lianhe Zaobao journalist Miao Zong-Han takes a look at the three presidential hopefuls, their stances and how the voters are responding. Meanwhile, cross-strait tensions will be high even after the election results, as major powers will attempt to influence the content of the new president’s inaugural address.
Lai Ching-te, Taiwan's vice president and the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) presidential candidate interacts with supporters during an election campaign event in Taipei, Taiwan, 7 December 2023. (Ann Wang/Reuters)

US and China should jointly manage the radical Taiwan independence tendency of William Lai

Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate William Lai may not have the trust of the US or mainland China when it comes to cross-strait relations, says East Asian Institute senior research fellow Qi Dongtao. Hence, China and the US would do well to work together to ensure that there is no repeat of a threat of a movement torwards a radical Taiwan independence that was seen during the Chen Shui-bian administration.
People taking photos at the Jubilee Bridge overlooking the CBD/Raffles Place financial district on 1 March 2023. (SPH Media)

Singapore’s role as a neutral interpreter of China to the West

Professor Walter Woon says that Singapore’s close relationship with both the West and China gives it a unique advantage as a more neutral interpreter of China for the Western world. The country is also well-placed to help reduce tensions between the US and China.
View of pictures of late former US President Richard Nixon and former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger displayed at the Museum of Memory and Human Rights during "Secrets of State: the Declassified History of the Chilean Dictatorship" exhibition in Santiago on 24 October 2017. (Martin Bernetti/AFP)

Kissinger’s controversial legacy in Latin America

Academic Antonio Hsiang examines the evidence and concludes that Henry Kissinger probably knew more of what was going on in Latin America — specifically Chile — than he let on. Seen in that light, some may surmise that the former US secretary of state was just as culpable as former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet.