Articles on Asia & China

The Inter-Korean Summit: Peace is not – yet – at hand (Commentary)

François Godement - 04 May 2018

North Korea is not yet denuclearized. To get there, China will have to play significant role in the negotiations.

Why China (probably) won’t go to trade war with America (Commentary)

François Godement - 20 April 2018

The US protecting its own technology is not the same as a trade war. But were such a war to emerge, it may well be the apparently invulnerable Xi Jinping rather than the bullishly confident Donald Trump who finds his country worse off as a result

Trump and North Korea: a bonfire of the missiles? (Commentary)

François Godement - 29 March 2018

There is a way through the Trump-Kim meeting that would satisfy demands on both sides – and keep South Korea and Japan reliant on the US

Macron’s passage to India: a missed opportunity for Europe (Commentary)

Tara Varma - 16 March 2018

Macron’s message to Modi was “Choose France”, rather than “Choose Europe”.

Trump-Kim: Reading through the liar's poker (Commentary)

François Godement - 14 March 2018

Each of the two has a personal and strategic interest in reaching an agreement. They can no longer stop the game that they have started.

Xi’s rule for life: what does our anxiety reveal? (Commentary)

François Godement - 28 February 2018

"With loss of Eden, till one greater Man Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat" (John Milton)

May unwavering in China (Commentary)

François Godement - 07 February 2018

Even though the UK is currently weakened by Brexit, May showed true British stubborness during her visit in China and did not bow down to their demands.

EU-Japan partnership agreements herald new era of closer cooperation (Commentary)

Irina Angelescu - 29 January 2018

The intensification of negotiations between the EU and Japan came in response to broader geopolitical developments such as the rise of China, Trump, and Brexit.

Dancing with the bear: Macron in China (Commentary)

François Godement - 12 January 2018

In different ways, Macron and Xi exemplify the rise of individual authority and personal aura over party politics.

The real possibility of conflict with North Korea (Commentary)

François Godement - 16 November 2017

Conflict with North Korea is too often assumed to be an all or nothing issue, with nuclear Armageddon as the inevitable result.