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

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!

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Chinese President Xi Jinping.

March 6 to 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 an 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. And 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“.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

Latin America

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