LANDE IN ASIË EN STILLE OSEAAN-GEBIED SLUIT WÊRELD SE GROOTSTE HANDELSVERDRAG

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Vyftien land in  Asië en die Stille Oseaan-gebied het op 15 November die wêreld se grootste verdrag oor vryhandel, naamlik die Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), onderteken. Die ooreenkoms sluit die 10 lande wat aan die Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) behoort, sowel as China, Japan, Suid-Korea, Australië en Nieu-Seeland, in. Die ooreenkoms sluit…

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ASIA-PACIFIC COUNTRIES FORM WORLD’S LARGEST TRADING BLOC

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On 15 November, 15 Asia-Pacific countries formed the world’s largest free-trade bloc, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The agreement includes the 10 nations that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand. The agreement excludes the United States, as tensions between China…

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GEOPOLITIESE WORSTELING IN DIE STRATEGIESE KASJMIR-STREEK VAN GILGIT-BALTISTAN

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Gilgit-Baltistan se twee miljoen inwoners gaan op 15 November na die stembus om lede vir hulle wetgewende vergadering te kies. Dié liggaam, wat hoofsaaklik regstreeks onder Pakistanse beheer is, het tans minimale regte. Gedurende ’n besoek aan dié skilderagtige, noordelike streek van Gilgit-Baltistan, wat as poort na China dien, het Imran Khan, Pakistan se eerste…

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GEOPOLITICAL WRANGLING IN THE STRATEGIC KASHMIR REGION OF GILGIT-BALTISTAN

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On 15 November, the two million people of Gilgit-Baltistan will go to the polls for their legislative assembly, which currently has minimal powers and is largely governed directly by Pakistan.  However, on 1 November, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan announced a “Provisional Status of the Province” during a visit to the scenic northern region of…

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KYRGYZSTAN’S PRESIDENT DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN POST-ELECTION CHAOS

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By Donnelly McCleland Kyrgyzstan’s president on Monday [12 October] ordered a new, week-long state of emergency in the country’s capital after parliament failed to consider and approve his previous order within the legally required three days. The confusion reflected the chaos that has engulfed the country after a disputed parliamentary election triggered mass protests. According…

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CHINA VOER MILITÊRE BESETTINGSOEFENING UIT TE MIDDE VAN SPANNING MET TAIWAN

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In die jongste van ’n reeks militêre oefeninge wat op Taiwan gerig is, het China op Saterdag, 10 Oktober, ’n militêre aanval gesimuleer wat hommeltuie, spesiale magte en lugmagtroepe ingesluit het. Dié oefening, wat op Taiwan se Nasionale Dag plaasgevind het, is die eerste dusdanige oefening wat volledig deur die Chinese staatsmedia openbaar gemaak is….

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CHINA HOLDS MILITARY INVASION DRILL AMID TENSIONS WITH TAIWAN

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China held a simulated military attack on Saturday 10 October that included drones, special forces, and airborne troops, in the latest in a series of military exercises aimed at Taiwan. The exercise – the first to be fully disclosed by Chinese state media – took place on Taiwan’s National Day. The Chinese report mentioned the…

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VETE TUSSEN AUSTRALIË EN CHINA INTENSIVEER

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Vir die eerste keer in bykans 50 jaar, het Australië geen mediaverteenwoordiging in China nie – dít vanweë die huidige politieke dooiepunt waarin dié twee lande hulle bevind. Die fokus van die konflik het na mediapersoneel verskuif toe twee Australiese joernaliste, Bill Birtles van ABC en Mike Smith van die Australian Financial Review, aangehou is…

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AUSTRALIA AND CHINA’S STANDOFF INTENSIFIES

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Australia’s media is without representation in China for the first time in nearly 50 years as the diplomatic standoff between the two countries continues. The conflict shifted its focus towards media personnel when two Australian journalists, Bill Birtles for ABC and Mike Smith for the Australian Financial Review, were detained as “persons of interest” in…

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‘TECH WARS’: THE CHALLENGE OF SOVEREIGNTY IN A DIGITAL WORLD

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By Alex Pollock Earlier this summer, the US government announced it was considering banning Chinese social media apps, including the popular app TikTok. In August, President Trump signed two executive orders to block transactions with ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, and Tencent, which owns the popular messaging service and commercial platform WeChat, and another executive order…

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