Weekend Roundup: A Democratic Alliance to Contain China?


Nathan Gardels is the editor-in-chief of Noema Magazine.

This week, the unsettling of stability in Asia took yet another turn. Just as Chinese President Xi Jinping was due to arrive in South Korea — which is angry at Japan over denials about World War II “comfort women” — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a changed interpretation of the constitution that allows Japanese military forces to operate abroad.

As Shannon Tiezzi writes, China’s approach is now aimed at exploiting differences within Japanese public opinion over Abe’s new nationalism. From Australia, John Garnaut writes that an old idea of Colin Powell’s is being raised anew: an alliance of democratic states in Asia to counter China’s new influence.

Meanwhile, protesters who fear liberties will be curbed filled the streets of Hong Kong over Beijing’s proposal for how universal suffrage will be implemented there in 2017.

From Beijing, WorldPost correspondent Matt Sheehan reports on a commencement speech by Alibaba’s Jack Ma at Tsinghua University and economist Ping Chen looks at how Thomas Piketty’s analysis of inequality applies to China.

In the Middle East, ISIS announced it was establishing a new “caliphate” in areas of Syria and Iraq under its control. Legendary former MI-6 agent Alastair Crooke cites in detail ISIS doctrine on how to “manage savagery” when setting up a new Islamic state. Ibrahim al-Marashi dissects the common myths about what is now happening in Iraq. Writing from Singapore, Ooi Kee Beng explores the religio- ideological links between Brunei’s imposition of Shari’a law, the ISIS movement in Iraq and Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Concerning employment and globalization, Bill Clinton suggests ways in which innovation can create new jobs while United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard blames Asian subsidies for “eating America’s lunch.”

Noam Chomsky argues that American foreign policy is driven by corporate interests and long-time Colin Powell aide Lawrence Wilkerson skewers Dick Cheney for continuing to press the imperial aims of wealth and power in American foreign policy.

Finally, Twiplomacy’s Florian Hildebrandt analyzes the world’s most powerful leaders on Twitter: Barack Obama, Pope Francis, Indonesian President Yudhoyono and India’s Narendra Modi.


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