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The Weekly Global Roundup: Wanted: Military And Security Upgrades In Germany And Taiwan (May 21 to 26, 2018)

This roundup covers news summaries across six regions: Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America. Wherever possible I draw links to Singapore, but I think it is more important to understand geopolitical developments around the world, to draw attention to meaningful news stories, and to highlight both positive and negative events.

Around the world, I rely primarily on the email newsletters from “The Economist“, “Foreign Policy“, “Muck Rack“, “The New York Times“, “The Wall Street Journal“, and “The World Post“. In Singapore, the weekly digests from the European Union Centre and the Middle East Institute are handy. Do send me recommendations of news outlets or articles too, to jinyao.guan.yin.miao[a]gmail.com!

Taken from https://cdn4.i-scmp.com/sites/default/files/styles/980x551/public/images/methode/2017/05/20/d55ad2c6-3cd4-11e7-8ee3-761f02c18070_1280x720_112538.JPG?itok=pQa53X1u.

President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen.

May 21 to 26, 2018

In Germany, the lack of military preparedness is of little public concern, yet Chancellor Angela Merkel is part of a group calling for some military expenditure and investment. The country, however, has to balance its history across the two world wars with perceived Russian aggression and demands by United States President Donald Trump. And in Taiwan, having pledged to raise defence spending last year and with the persistent and growing threat of China, President Tsai Ying-wen is pledging to boost her country’s security. This comes as Taiwan “lost its second diplomatic ally in less than a month“, after Burkina Faso cut ties this week and after the Dominican Republic did so earlier this month, prompting the resignation of Foreign Minister Joseph Wu.

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