China-EU Relations during SARS COV-2 Pandemic


Several noteworthy events linked to the China-EU ties have taken place recently. At first glance, they appeared to be routine in nature because during the past decade these events have been held on an annual basis. They are particularly relevant nowadays due mainly to the current geopolitical context. The events the author is referring to include…

US-China Relations amid COVID-19 Pandemic


Relations between China and the United States are a key component of this current level of the Great Global Game being played out in international affairs, and the COVID-19 pandemic is a factor that is generally having a negative impact on their relations, putting them under increasing strain. Although more positive trends could seem more appropriate, given that the…

On some of the Significant Events in East Asia towards the End of 2019


There has been a series of events that have shaped the overall political landscape in East Asia, and all of the events which have been more or less significant are worth reflecting on. After all, this is the first place where we see the interests of the world’s two most powerful countries collide — the United States and China. Japan’s return to…

Elections in Hong Kong


The Hong Kong District Council elections were held on 24 November 2019 for all of its 18 District Councils. Various political parties, described as pan-democratic in Beijing and pro-democratic by the Western media outlets, swept to an overwhelming victory after winning 85 % of the votes (cast by the electorate who came…

Regular ASEAN Summits and Prospects for Proposed RCEP Free Trade Agreement


The fate of the ASEAN Plus Six project has become a key issue at the annual ASEAN summits, the latest of which was held in Bangkok in early November. The proposed project would see the formation of the world’s largest free trade zone, made up of the Association’s 10 Southeast Asian member states (ASEAN itself), plus partner states…

19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Concludes its 4th Plenary Session


One of the most noteworthy events that took place in the Indo-Pacific recently was, undoubtedly, the fourth plenary session of the 19th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee (elected in October 2017), held from 28 to 31 October in Beijing. The previous (3rd) plenary session…

Current State of Relations between PRC and Taiwan: No Glimmer of Hope


Currently, the focus of the complex relationship between the two world powers, the United States and the PRC, is on the “trade war” whose course can neither be reversed nor actually halted. Despite the optimism shown by both sides after the 13th (scheduled) round of negotiations ended (which took place in…

Imran Khan Visits China and Xi Jinping India


Viewed from the perspective of analyzing the situation in South Asia, two noteworthy events took place in the first half of October of this year. We are referring here to the visit of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan (from 7 to 9 October) to the PRC, and that of China’s leader Xi Jinping to India (from 11 to 12 October). Both of these events…

Is China’s Space Programme Overly Ambitious?


It’s only natural for us, humans to explore the limits of our existence, venturing into the great unknown time and time again. Against this backdrop, it’s hardly surprising that China has recently announced that it’s on the road to becoming a respectable spacefaring nation. It’s rather fascinating that as Apollo…

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel’s visit to China


A 3-day visit to China by Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, who was accompanied by a sizable delegation, began on 6 September. The visit itself and its outcomes are quite telling and indicative of the ever increasing pace of the radical transformation the current world order is undergoing…

On the Events in Hong Kong: the Show Must Go On?


Recently, the NEO has been looking at the situation in and around Hong Kong from different angles. It is hard to disagree with the viewpoint that the external chaos of recent months in the streets of Hong Kong (which is, among other things, one of the world’s financial centers) has…

China’s Old Wounds Reopen: Hong Kong and Taiwan


China, quite reasonably aspiring to becoming a global player, still has (as well as all the other countries) certain internal problems which its main geopolitical opponent, i.e. the US, is trying to use to its own benefit. Among the problems of this sort, two long-standing ones have resurfaced yet again over the recent months…

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