Articles on Asia & China

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.

China: All the President’s men (Commentary)

François Godement - 26 October 2017

Shared values or interests between China and the West will be few and far between in the coming years.

EU should host US-China contingency talks on North Korean nuclear crisis (Commentary)

Mathieu Duchâtel - 17 October 2017

The countries’ lack of crisis management discussions could allow unexpected incidents to quickly escalate

Nuclear North Korea: Perpetuating the fiction (Commentary)

Mathieu Duchâtel - 31 August 2017

For Pyongyang, a “double suspension” agreement could be a turning point towards the goal of being recognized as a nuclear state.

EU-Japan Agreement: Good news on the long road to a deal (Commentary)

Irina Angelescu - 14 July 2017

For the EU, the EPA would demonstrate its ability to deliver concrete results despite the numerous crises it faces. 

Hamburg G 20: A test for the China-EU-US triangle (Commentary)

François Godement - 07 July 2017

It seems that China is now reaching out to America to prevent it being castigated at a global summit.

China in the Balkans: The battle of principles (Commentary)

Michal Makocki - 06 July 2017

China’s Silk Road project may give a short term economic boost but it is undermining the EU reform agenda in the Balkans.

The EU-China Summit: searching for common ground (Commentary)

François Godement - 01 June 2017

As the EU-China Summit opens in Brussels today, is there now a common ground on which the two can come together?

China’s Belt and Road – new name, same doubts? (Commentary)

Angela Stanzel - 19 May 2017

Beijing is trying to create an inclusive narrative around its new Silk Road initiative, but fails to convince the sceptics.

Korean peninsula: the plot thickens (Commentary)

François Godement - 16 May 2017

Trump’s hard-nosed approach to North Korea is likely to have played a role in the election of a South Korean president who takes a softer view of Pyongyang, and who opposes US intervention.