(SCF) – The recent diplomatic row between the Philippines and the United States has come as a shock to U.S. State Department and Pentagon policy wonks but for astute observers of Southeast Asian politics, the decision of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to «pivot» to China and Russia was long in the making.Continue Reading

(SCF) – Since the end of WWII, the power structure in Asia-Pacific has been primarily dominated by the United States. With the turn of the twenty-first century, the center of gravity of global balance of power has shifted from Europe to the Asia-Pacific, mainly caused by the rise of China. TheContinue Reading

Just months after condemning China for building islands in the disputed South China Sea, the White House announced that Obama was conducting a land-grab of his own. The move was praised by environmentalists as Obama had created the largest federally protected environmental monument on the planet: quadrupling the size ofContinue Reading

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(GPA) – For most people, one of the first things that comes to mind when they think of some of China’s largest cities is the massive amounts of pollution. This September, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection is partnering with a Dutch engineer to send the world’s largest air purifier on a tourContinue Reading

China (NEO) – As history shows, significant improvement of a country’s economic situation inevitably boosts its military ambitions. The world has been holding its breath for the last 30 years witnessing the rapid economic growth in China, waiting for the new developments. And China did not fail the expectations of the globalContinue Reading

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Here are your world news key take-aways for the week:   From Tunisia to Somalia, the United States increased its influence and military support throughout North Eastern Africa this week. Washington is trying to draft up a plan to supply the new UN-backed government in Libya with arms. The embargo onContinue Reading

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Beijing, China (TFC) – Over the weekend; Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with high level officials of the Chinese Communist Party in an attempt to create a friendly atmosphere for the social media giant. Zuckerberg’s visit to China including meeting with the head of the government’s propaganda department yet both parties declinedContinue Reading

 (TFC) Despite a devastating attack carried out by the Taliban at Bacha Khan University in January, terror-related violence in Pakistan has been declining. Afghanistan hasn’t been as fortunate: according to the U.N., 2015 resulted in record-breaking civilian deaths since the U.N. began recording statistics. Will upcoming American involvement in AfghanistanContinue Reading