The Weekly Global Roundup

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The Weekly Global Roundup: Game-Changing Elections? Not Really (March 13 to March 18, 2017)

In Europe, in the Netherlands, far-right politician Geert Wilders gained seats in Dutch elections, but failed to “persuade a decisive portion of voters to back his [anti-European Union and anti-Muslim positions]”, and did not drastically cross the traditional threshold. The party of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte won the most number of seats, in an election which drew an 81 per cent turnout, the highest in the country for 30 years. Whereas in Asia, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party secured a stunning mandate in the state elections of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in the country, while former South Korean President Park Geun-hye left the Blue House after a court ruling which upheld her parliamentary impeachment, and will be questioned as a criminal suspect. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: China And The Koreas In The Spotlight (March 6 to March 11, 2017)

China’s governing elites gathered in Beijing for the “Two Sessions” meetings, to set the economic and social agendas for the country, and to emphasise importance of reform. Premier Li Keqiang announced by economic growth range of 6.5 to seven per cent for this year, while President Xi Jinping outlined economic priorities in four areas: cut excess capacity, curb financial risks and strengthen financial regulation, cool the property markets, and revive the manufacturing sector. But as these domestic issues were discussed, geopolitical challenges emerged. In North Korea – also in the middle of a diplomatic spat with Malaysia – Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for a suspension of missile and nuclear technology tests, after the country test-launched four missiles. In South Korea, China raised its objections to the installation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System, or Thaad, by the United States, and a spokesman said China would “take the necessary steps to safeguard our own security interests”. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: A Presidential President Donald Trump? (February 27 to March 4, 2017)

In this first address to Congress, President Donald Trump took on a different rhetoric from his campaign trail and his first few weeks in the White House, touching on a range of issues such as: the economy (on creating jobs and renegotiating trade deals), education (on giving families more choices), healthcare (on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare), immigration (on the cracking down of border security), and military spending (on one of the largest defence expenditure in the history of the country). The past week, however, has not necessarily been great, with this new National Security Adviser disagreeing and saying that the label “radical Islamic terrorism” was not helpful, and the father of a killed Navy commando calling on the president to not hide behind his son’s death to prevent an investigation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also came under fire for not disclosing his meeting with the top Russian diplomat in Washington. Continue reading

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