Bandwagon or Balance: Asian countries’ stances on Hong Kong Protests

Image Source (Judy Gallagher) Written by James Lo Anti-government protests have rocked Hong Kong since March 2019 against proposals to introduce an extradition treaty into Hong Kong legislation. Protestors fear that the Hong Kong citizens’ civil liberties are under threat and they will potentially be open to a disproportionate amount of influence from China, especiallyContinue reading “Bandwagon or Balance: Asian countries’ stances on Hong Kong Protests”

Why isn’t China’s Belt and Road Initiative acting through the Asian Infrastructure Bank?

Image Source (UN Photo) Written by James Lo One question that was posed in class by Prof. Alden is why the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) mainly acted through the China Export and Import Bank (Exim Bank) and China Development Bank (CBD) rather than through the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Indeed, with the BRIContinue reading “Why isn’t China’s Belt and Road Initiative acting through the Asian Infrastructure Bank?”

Brexit and Constructivism

Image Source (Bankenverband) Written by James Lo In June 2016, UK held a referendum on the membership of EU and 52% of the respondents voted for leave. Two main schools of thought in constructivism, transactionalism and social constructivism, can help explain Brexit. Transactionalism dictates that ‘inter-state and inter-society transactions’[1] will lead to the creation ofContinue reading “Brexit and Constructivism”

Trump’s withdrawal from The Paris Agreement and Operational Code Analysis

Image Source (Iga Gozdowska) Written by James Lo Trump withdrew from the Paris agreement on the 1st June 2017. The Paris agreement’s aim is for countries to work together to keep global temperature rise this century below 1.5 degrees. In his announcement, Trump argued that the reason for withdrawal was that the agreement led toContinue reading “Trump’s withdrawal from The Paris Agreement and Operational Code Analysis”