Warren Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief, The Straits Times Warren Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief, The Straits Times These days, Harvard Professor Graham Allison is hailed as something of a prophet. Officials he met in China recently referred to him as the man who “predicted” a clash between the United States and China, he says. “It was not a prophesy,” he adds. “I simply pointed out the recurring patterns of history.” “Today, the conversation has moved to the more urgent question, which is, what’s to be done, and how to escape Thucydides’ Trap?” He is talking about his ground-breaking, best-selling book, published in 2017, with the ominous title, Destined for War: Can America and China escape Thucydides’s Trap? The book, whose title refers to an ancient Greek historian’s chronicle of upstart Athens taking on Sparta, caught global attention for its study of 16 periods of power rivalry over the past five … [Read more...] about US, China: Frenemies?
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* The leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong-un, has instructed officials to make "good technical preparations" for a second DPRK-US summit, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on January 24. * French President Emmanuel Macron said on January 23 that France is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with China in international affairs and to work together to safeguard multilateralism. * At least two children were killed and 50 people injured in an explosion south of the Sudanese capital Khartoum, Sudanese Police announced Wednesday. * Algeria and Mali on January 23 vowed to increase security cooperation on their shared border, at the fourth Joint Security Commission which kicked off in Algiers. * A mass grave believed to be containing as many as 1,000 decomposed bodies was found Wednesday in the countryside of the Raqqa province, the former de-facto capital of the Islamic State (IS) group in northern Syria, a war monitor … [Read more...] about World News in Brief: January 24
Lee Jae-yong, heir to the Samsung empire, will be part of President Moon Jae-in's delegation to Pyongyang, Moon's office said AFP/Ahn Young-joon Samsung's Lee Jae-yong and the heads of the SK and LG groups will be part of President Moon Jae-in's delegation as he heads for a meeting with the North's leader Kim Jong Un, Moon's office said. Kim Yong-hwan, vice-chairman of Hyundai Motor Group - whose founder was a refugee from the North - will be among the entourage. Hyun Jeong-eun, chairwoman of the separate Hyundai Group which pioneered many cross-border economic projects, will also accompany Moon. Hyun met Kim's father Kim Jong Il several times. She was among the first South Koreans to meet the young leader when he assumed power following his father's death in 2011. Moon, a dove who favours dialogue with the North to nudge it toward denuclearisation, has advocated closer economic ties across the border, despite multiple sanctions on the North over its atomic weapons and ballistic … [Read more...] about Samsung heir in South Korea’s delegation to North: Seoul