The Weekly Global Roundup

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The Weekly Global Roundup: America’s Geopolitical Adventures Abroad (April 16 to 21, 2018)

In the past week, the United States has had its geopolitical presence felt in North Korea and in Syria. In North Korea, it was announced that CIA Director Mike Pompeo – who is set to be the next Secretary of State – had made a secret visit to the country to meet with leader Kim Jong-un, marking “the highest-level contact between the two countries since 2000”. Ahead of the planned meeting between President Donald Trump and Mr. Kim, Singapore has also been listed one of five locations under consideration for this meeting. In Syria, American, British, and French forces hit Syria with air strikes, in response to a chemical attack on civilians in the country last week. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Prison After Presidencies (April 9 to 14, 2018)

On charges of corruptions, former presidents in Brazil, South Korea, and Zimbabwe are now in prison, or could potentially face time in prison. In Brazil, a week after he had an arrest warrant issued against him, former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva turned himself in to the police, effectively removing him from the country’s presidential election in October this year. In South Korea, former president Park Geun-hye – who was impeached last year – was sentenced to 20 years in prison for multiple charges, including bribery and the abuse of power. Miss Park is the third former South Korean leader to be convicted on criminal charges after leaving office, though her two predecessors Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo received presidential pardons after about two years of imprisonment. Her successor, former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was also indicted for corruption this week. And in Zimbabwe, former president Jacob Zuma has been charged with corruption linked to a 1990 arms deal, months after he fell from power. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Tit-For-Tat American And Chinese Tariffs (April 2 to 7, 2018)

After President Donald Trump announced his administration’s plan to place tariffs on US$50 (S$65.7) billion of imported Chinese goods, China announced additional tariffs as countermeasures – “designed to target up to US$50 (S$65.7) billion of [United States] products annually” – on 106 American products. There are therefore fears of this escalating into a trade war, though “both sides have left room for manoeuvre”, with a public and consultation period to follow in the United States, before negotiations. These tit-for-tat tariff moves also come after Mr. Trump’s signing of an executive order in March this year imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from across the globe, which then prompted China to impose tariffs of up to 25 per cent on 128 American imports, including fruits and pork. Continue reading

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