The US-Russia-Vietnam Triangle

Vietnam has struck a careful balance in its reaction to the Ukraine conflict. But how long can it avoid taking sides? Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Vietnam has sought to distance itself from the great-power rivalry in Eastern Europe by underscoring that it is “not taking sides” in the conflict. Nevertheless, the…

Is Putin’s Russia Fascist?

A growing number of Russian analysts, in Russia and abroad, have taken to calling Vladimir Putin’s regime “fascist.” And they don’t use the term casually or as a form of opprobrium. They mean that Putin’s Russia genuinely resembles Mussolini’s Italy or Hitler’s Germany. One of the most recent examples was Mikhail Iampolski. According to the Russian-born…

The Omicron wave is ‘imminent’ in Southeast Asia

Much of Asia has largely managed to keep omicron at bay even as the variant rages in other parts of the world, but the region that is home to most of the globe’s population is bracing for what may be an inevitable surge. Strict quarantine rules for arrivals and widespread mask wearing have helped slow…

Meet the co-founder and chief executive of Grab: Mr Anthony Tan

Ordered some GrabFood during the circuit breaker? Called for a GrabCar to avoid crowded buses and trains? You helped enrich super app Grab and its co-founder and chief executive, Mr Anthony Tan, who has seen his net worth rise to US$790 million, according to Forbes. Mr Tan, 39 years old, the son of Malaysia car…

Does the Afghan disaster originally from Trump’s administration? Facts…

• The U.S. envoy chosen by President Donald Trump, Zalmay Khalilzad, has publicly confirmed that he requested and secured the release of senior Taliban official Abdul Ghani Baradar from prison in Pakistan ahead of negotiations to end the war in Afghanistan. • Trump’s secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, was among the U.S. officials who met…

Asia GDP PPP 2021 Ranking: Largest Economies in Asia. 

Economic growth in developing Asia remains robust but prospects have further dimmed and risks to the region’s economies are rising as trade and investment weaken, according to Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2019 Update, the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) flagship economic publication. As of 2021, the United States and China would occupy the first two places in both methods’…

Kishore Mahbubani: The West and the rising Asia

I think China would be far happier to deal with a confident, secure United States of America, not the insecure and troubled America that you have today. For example, in the past, when Richard Nixon went to China in 1972, he could do so. At that time, by the way, China had been demonized in…