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Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa (L) and Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe Guo Shaochun elbow bump
October 27, 2020

China has managed to provide PPE nationwide as well as globally, assisting many countries in their fight against COVID-19. Some observers argue that because COVID-19 spread from there, China has had the advantage to prepare itself ahead of other countries caught ‘by surprise’... Others point to China’s reach across the globe during the pandemic—referred to as ‘mask diplomacy’—as an expansion and strengthening of its global soft power. [...] However, we should refer back to policies enacted under the ‘Made in China 2025’ strategic plan, which directed China to produce everything it needs by and for itself.

a single pew in a dilapidated boarded up church; image credit Chris Luckhardt
October 23, 2020

Rather than just locally mending what global problems produce in specific locales, it is preferable to engage proactively and...

Vladimir Putin, Sergey Lavrov, and Russia’s delegation at the 70th UN General Assembly session on September 28, 2015
October 13, 2020

The Kremlin has demonstrated an unwavering willingness to sacrifice its economy and reputation in exchange for long-term...

a man wearing protective face mask looks at his smartphone
October 6, 2020

The debates on Artificial Intelligence as related to infection-tracing applications are representative of a transition in forms of...