Geopolitics Watch: In Canceling North Korea Summit, Trump Gets Two Birds With One Stone

On May 24, United States President Donald Trump scrapped a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. SinoInsider analyzed earlier that the Sino-U.S. trade negotiations are tied with North Korean denuclearization and peace talks. We believe that Trump’s move to call off the June 12 Singapore summit is ultimately aimed at …

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Geopolitics Watch: Who Won the China-US Trade War?

China and the United States are split on which side has the upper hand in the wake of Sino-U.S. trade talks in Washington. Western media outlets and scholars have nearly unanimous in the assessing that America has not won anything, and has, in fact, “lost” the trade discussions with China. Scholars and journalists say that …

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Geopolitics Watch: With the Trade War ‘On Hold’, What’s Next for China, US?

Following the conclusion of recent trade discussions between China and the United States, leading negotiators from both countries have separately announced that the looming Sino-U.S. trade war is now “on hold,” and that both sides have reached a consensus on trade. The White House also released a joint statement on the Washington trade talks on …

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Geopolitics Watch: Why is North Korea Canceling South Korean Talks, Threatening Trump-Kim Summit?

On May 16, North Korean state media KCNA said that North Korea is suspending high-level talks with South Korea scheduled for the day in light of a joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea. KCNA claimed that the military drills, known as Max Thunder, was a “flagrant challenge” to the Panmunjom Declaration, …

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Geopolitics Watch: Reading Trump’s ZTE Tweet, Sino-US Trade, and North Korea

President Donald Trump’s May 13 tweet about working with Chinese leader Xi Jinping to help ZTE find “a way to get back into business, fast” raised many eyebrows. (See our earlier article for more on the ZTE ban.) SinoInsider, however, has been anticipating a U.S. reprieve since the conclusion of the Sino-U.S. trade talks in …

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Geopolitics Watch: On Xi, Kim, Dalai Lama, North Korea, and the Sino-US Trade Talks

After trade discussions between China and the United States in Beijing concluded on May 4, several geopolitical developments have unfolded which further affirm our analysis of positive Sino-U.S. talks on trade. North Korea The backdrop: May 6: A North Korean foreign ministry spokesperson was quoted by state media as saying that Washington was “misleading public …

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Politics Watch: Decoding the Outcome of Sino-US Trade Talks

Two days of high-level Sino-U.S. trade talks in Beijing concluded on May 4. Neither side provided specifics on the outcome of the discussions. Chinese state mouthpiece Xinhua said that the talks, which were led by vice premier Liu He on the Chinese side, were “constructive, candid and efficient,” but disagreements between the two countries remain …

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Geopolitics Watch: Behind Wang Yi’s Trip to North Korea

On May 2, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi visited Pyongyang for a two-day trip. He was greeted by North Korean vice-foreign minister Ri Kil Song at the airport. Observers expect Wang to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his visit. The backdrop: April 27: South Korean president Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un …

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Geopolitics Watch: Forecasting the Korean Peninsula Peace and Denuclearization Process

More details of the Korean Peninsula peace and denuclearization process have emerged since the inter-Korean summit on April 27. On April 29, South Korean officials said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un revealed at the inter-Korean meeting plans to make his previously announced closure of North Korea’s nuclear test site open to the international …

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Geopolitics Watch: Why Trump Hailed Kim Jong Un as ‘Very Honorable’

During a bilateral meeting and press conference with French president Emmanuel Macron on April 24, President Donald Trump made some interesting remarks about the North Korean situation. Trump said at the bilateral meeting that the North Koreans would like the summit between him and Kim Jong Un to take place “as soon as possible,” and …

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