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"How not to win friends and influence people in Europe"

China habe es mit seinem Auftreten in der Coronakrise geschafft, in Europa eine Menge guten Willen zu verspielen, schreibt Jonathan Eyal in der Straits Times aus Singapur. "For there is a profound and genuine anger in Europe at China's current policies towards the continent, coupled with widespread acknowledgement that Europe urgently needs a radical rethink of its relations with China. The real question is whether Beijing understands just how deep the gap between itself and Europe really is. (…) European states have serious complaints about China on three fundamental counts. First, they hold China responsible for allegedly wasting precious time in trying to hide the onset of the pandemic; (…) European governments were unpleasantly surprised to discover that their efforts to avoid a public spat with China were not reciprocated by the Chinese. First came a wave of Chinese 'face mask diplomacy', a torrent of offers by the Chinese government to airlift face masks and other medical equipment to European countries. On the face of it, it was a great humanitarian gesture at a time when the Europeans were in their greatest hour of need. The snag was that much of this material was not fit for purpose and had to be returned or discarded, and at least half of it was not donated, but sold. More gallingly still, the Chinese insisted on politicising every humanitarian airlift. (…) Yet what infuriated European politicians most is the fact that China started challenging Europe's political model by openly putting forward the argument that the Chinese political system with its strong central control proved superior in handling the coronavirus challenge."

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"Trump's Nov visit can be his defining moment in Asia"

Die im November geplante erste Ostasienreise von US-Präsident Trump könnte trotz der allgemein eher niedrigen Erwartungen große Auswirkungen haben, meint Patrick M. Cronin vom Centre for a New American Security. Trump werde sich auf der Reise drei Realitäten stellen müssen: "In North-east Asia, Mr Trump will find grave doubts about the reliability of US leadership, especially given North Korea's irresponsible proclivity to evoke the spectre of nuclear war. (...) As the President lands in Vietnam for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, the spotlight will be on economics. Here the perception that China is the main engine of global economic growth will loom larger than many in the presidential entourage would care to admit. (...) A third reality concerning global challenges will be obvious by the time Mr Trump joins Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and other regional leaders in Manila as they commemorate the 50th anniversary of Asean. Rising Asian leaders have pride and operate within their own political and cultural constraints, just as Mr Trump does. (...) Managing this trio of unavoidable obstructions - China's economic power, questions about America's role and seeing global challenges through a local prism - requires a specific type of preparation for November's journey."

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"What is Thaad anti-missile defence system and why is China against it"

Die Straits Times erklärt die Funktionsweise des Raketenabwehrsystems THAAD, das aktuell vom US-Militär in Südkorea installiert wird. China lehne das System als Bedrohung des strategischen Gleichgewichts in Ostasien ab. "So Thaad could give the US an advantage against China? Perhaps. The US already has a Thaad battery deployed in Guam, two radars in Japan, space assets, plus a range of ship-borne radars and larger land-based radars in other parts of the Pacific, according to Lyon. Thaad would perhaps improve early tracking of some Chinese missiles but might not make interception of the missiles much easier."

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