Articles on Asia

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.

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.