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Xi Jinping affirmed that, within a few decades, China would become a prosperous modern socialist society and the world’s most important country. Reuters/Thomas Peter

China’s ambition burns bright – with Xi Jinping firmly in charge

The most important political event of 2017, the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress, has concluded. And while there was much to digest, one image above all stands out: Xi Jinping’s political dominance…
This display of Chinese characters represents the Chinese leadership’s ‘Five Major Development Concepts’ ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Reuters/Thomas Peter

As China prepares for its Communist Party Congress, what will it mean for the rest of the world?

No-one knows quite how things will play out, but most likely Xi will bend the norms of the party to allow him to place enough supporters in key posts without completely upending the system.
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ASEAN’s mid-life crisis?

On August 8, 1967, foreign ministers from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines signed the Bangkok Declaration to create the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN, as it…
The standoff on the Doklam Plateau makes it difficult for either Narendra Modi or Xi Jinping to back down. Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

China-India border dispute a grim sign for stability in Asia

Conflict was almost baked into Asia’s post-1945 international order. Taiwan’s contested status following the communist victory in China’s civil war, and the division of the Korean Peninsula are only the…
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Asia’s dangerous new geopolitics

The first week of July is not normally one that brings great events in world politics. Around that time, the northern hemisphere normally shifts into summer holiday mode. Recently, this has become less…
Delegates arrive ahead of the 2016 Shangri-La Dialogue. World leaders will again converge on the Singaporean hotel this weekend for the 2017 meeting. Reuters/Edgar Su

Taking Asia’s temperature at Shangri-La

For the first time in the dialogue’s 15 year history, the country most are puzzled about is not China.