What Modi teaches us about populist foreign policy

Author: Johannes Plagemann, GIGA and Sandra Destradi, Helmut Schmidt University and GIGA From US President Donald Trump to the pan-populist ruling coalition in Italy, populist politicians are making an imprint on foreign policy around the world. But rather than ushering in something altogether new, populist approaches to foreign policy in the Global South reflect larger trends already underway in the transition to a multipolar and post-Western era. Indian foreign policy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a case in point. Grounded in anti-elitism and anti-pluralism, populism calls for a radical…

Hanoi Is Happy Cozying Up to Trump – Foreign Policy

As the world waits to see if U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un make any headway at next week’s summit in Hanoi, the hosts see a diplomatic coup of their own. Vietnam, among the world’s poorest pariah states only three decades ago, is a keen host of this most delicate of bilateral negotiations. Summits are not cheap, with Singapore estimating that the last one between Trump and Kim cost it around $12 million. They are also inconvenient, as roads close and security protocols interrupt daily…

Britannia Helps Rule the Waves – Foreign Policy

The freedom of the seas is facing its greatest threat in decades from authoritarian rulers who flout maritime law and the liberal “rules-based order” of seagoing trade, commerce, and martial endeavors it underwrites. Xi Jinping’s China claims “indisputable sovereignty” over some 80-90 percent of the South China Sea, meaning it intends to make the rules governing maritime activities and amass overpowering armed might to enforce them—including in waters apportioned to its neighbors by treaty. Meanwhile Vladimir Putin’s Russia has mounted a de facto blockade of Ukraine’s southeastern seacoast, seizing Ukrainian…

Shifting Foreign Policy: Britain To Deploy Aircraft Carrier Through Disputed South China Sea

Britain is deploying the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier to the heavily disputed South China Sea in a joint mission with the United States. The vessel will deploy following recently completed training near the Naval Air Station in Maryland. United Kingdom (UK) Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson announced the mission earlier this week at the Royal United Services Institute think tank in London. Williamson has shifted Britain’s international rhetoric, declaring that the UK should be prepared to show hard power to counter growing threats from China and Russia. This shift represents…

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on February 14, 2019

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai of Thailand, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will travel to Thailand for strategic consultation from February 15 to 16. Q: According to reports, US Special Envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams said on February 13 that China may stop offering loans to Venezuela due to concerns that the country won’t be able to repay its debt. What is China’s comment? A: I have made my position clear many times on China-Venezuela cooperation. Here I’d like to reiterate that China-Venezuela relations are…

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on February 11, 2019

At the invitation of Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Yang Jiechi, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, will travel to Germany for the 55th Munich Security Conference from February 15 to 17. The Munich Security Conference is an important forum on international security policy. Director Yang Jiechi will deliver a keynote speech at the conference and elaborate on China’s views and proposals on major issues such as the…

Australia’s decision to ban billionaire seen as pushback against Chinese foreign influence

SYDNEY: Australia’s decision to ban a well-connected Chinese businessman for his political activity is being seen as a potential watershed moment, the start of pushback against Beijing’s long-running operations to buy influence overseas. In less than a decade, Huang Xiangmo went from a new arrival in Australia to hosting swanky waterside parties with political elites, to finally being kicked out of the country and declared persona non grata – as a result of his alleged links to China’s Communist Party. Advertisement The 49-year-old Guangdong native is currently believed to be in…

China Couldn’t Dominate Asia if It Wanted to – Foreign Policy

It is now widely accepted that China aspires to displace the United States as the world’s sole superpower by 2049, the 100th anniversary of its modern founding. Amid a trade war and military escalations, an atmosphere many describe as “Cold War 2.0” has set in. But whatever happens between the United States and China, the outcome will not be a unipolar world, neither under American or Chinese tutelage. The United States neither wants nor can afford to re-extend itself globally—nor do most countries want a return to American hegemony. The…

Xi’s China Is Steamrolling Its Own History – Foreign Policy

Chinese President Xi Jinping is directing a vast ideological war across multiple theaters—politics, culture, ethics, economy, strategy, and foreign relations. Among its most intense flashpoints is historiography, particularly of China’s last empire, the Qing, which ruled from 1636 to 1912. Historians, whether foreign or domestic, who resist Xi’s determination to design a past that serves his ideology have been targeted repeatedly by state propaganda organs. A new editorial suggests that this attack on Qing specialists is escalating. Xi has a powerful weapon at his disposal. In 2003, 10 years before…

In Trump’s World, Nukes Are Self-Defense – Foreign Policy

Facing the reality of a nuclear North Korea, worsening relations with ostensible ally South Korea, and an unpredictable partner in Washington, Japan’s government is ramping up its military defenses, shedding many of its postwar taboos. Could the ban on nuclear weapons also be sent to the scrap heap at the same time as the country gets a real army? The idea seems far-fetched, but Japan is increasingly alone in a fast-changing Asian security environment. Since the advent of the atomic age, Japan has sat comfortably under the U.S. nuclear umbrella,…