The Taiwan Trilemma

A seemingly insolvable predicament

“If anyone dares to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese army will definitely not hesitate to start a war no matter the cost”, as spoken by China’s defence minister Wei Fenghe at the Shangri-La Dialogue – Asia’s most important security conference – in Singapore in June 2022. As the EU has been preoccupied with supporting

The ‘debt-trap diplomacy’ narrative: A look at the other side

A case study of a controversial Sri Lankan port deal and other Chinese lending practices

The ‘debt trap diplomacy’ narrative has become a defining account of Chinese overseas financing since it was first uttered by the Trump administration. However, as with all ubiquitous narratives, it is worth probing and looking into this claim to understand its validity, what it means, and whom it serves. Let us backtrack and take a

A Chinese-American Identity Crisis

How Asian American athletes exhibit the challenges of biculturalism

In February 2022 Beijing became the first-ever city to host both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games. While there were many successes for individual athletes, the Olympics this year was shrouded with controversies, from the strict handling of the coronavirus to the ongoing human rights abuses in Xinjiang. Moreover, the USA and a dozen other

The Western World through the lens of North Korean Defectors

North Korea through the eyes of the defectors: to what extent are their stories factual, and how does their experience influence the way they continue to live in the West?

The majority of people are aware of the conditions that North Korean people suffer at the hand of the government: the so-called hermit country keeps its people under a dictatorial regime living in conditions of extreme poverty. Because of the terrible circumstances, many North Koreans seek to escape the country to reach (in most cases)