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Dr. Ilias Iliopoulos : TCSS Take- February 1st 2021

Opinion on Jan. 25, 2021 TCSS Security Commentary

"How China’s Economy is still growing even during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has crippled the international economy to an extent that it has been unprecedented since the end of the Second World War; and a recovery remains highly uncertain...

Mainland China is likely to be the big winner. Its economy is projected to grow in 2021 by 8%. In point of fact, Mainland China’s export-led economy has benefited from lockdowns in “Western” countries since their demand for household consumer goods and medical supplies has actually increased. 

Mainland China is also expanding its economic influence in Asia-Pacific and along its trade routes to Europe and Africa. Xi Jinping’s China could overtake the United States as the largest economy on earth within five years. Or, as billionaire globalist George Soros had - enthusiastically - told the Financial Times since 2009, China will supplant the United States as the leader of the new world order – and America should not resist her decline…

 

Opinion on Jan. 25, 2021 TCSS Security Commentary

In America, Joe Biden Is Sworn In. What Next?

“In the four years since Joe Biden was last in the White House, Xi Jinping’s China has become more authoritarian at home and more aggressive overseas” as Mr. Gideon Rachman correctly observed. The People’s Republic of China claims hegemony in the geopolitical subsystem of Asia-Pacific. That is a bad omen for liberal democracies in the region – from Taiwan to Australia to Japan. And because Asia-Pacific is now the core of the international economy – what happens there affects the entire world. Facing an increasingly strong Revisionist Power, the new U.S. administration has a historical opportunity to forge an alliance of maritime nations to push back against the nightmare of a world dominated by a despotic China. Deterrence has a crucial role to play, especially when it comes to Taiwan. As my distinguished Colleague Professor Patrick Mendis rightly commented, President Biden’s advisors should not be “blind to those things Trump got right.”