Diplomatic poaching

In the presidential elections held in Taiwan on 13 January 2024, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate William Lai emerged victorious.

China’s gain

The most recent report issued in 2022, the year when Beijing ended the ‘zero-Covid’ policy, showed that only 7 per cent of the graduating class, including both undergraduates and graduates, chose to study abroad.

Oceania ahoy

Last week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin were in Australia as part of a wider tour of Oceania, comprising the islands that stretch across the south and central Pacific Ocean.

Chinese whispers

Conspiracy theories are seemingly circulating at the speed of sound in the wake of the unprecedented changes wrought by Chinese…