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Editorial

The G7 Meeting in Cornwall – A Distant Corner of Britain to Set New Rules for the Four Corners of the World

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis  US President Joe Biden is a man on a mission.  He and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who’s hosting the Group of 7 (G7) top global economies, in the UK as this year’s presidency of the bloc, are looking to save “Western civilisation” from the rise of the East. This perceived threat is mainly arising out of Asia in the form of China’s fiery-dragon economy, Russia’s militarily-confident bear and the plethora of other so-called competitor powers, as first identified by the US 2018 National Security Strategy, in the form of Iran, North Korea, among other so-called “revisionist”...

Could the Pitcairn Islands Become the New Asia-Pacific Hong Kong?

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis The United Kingdom has put into place a mechanism to join the Comprehensive & Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in a Free Trade Agreement. The CPTPP currently includes Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam, and is seen as an Asian-Pacific bloc. Several of these nations are also part of the Commonwealth of Nations. The UK’s ability to claim membership of such a...

Prince Charles Versus Xi Jinping : Where The Commonwealth Meets The Belt And Road Initiative

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis The pre-covid British Royal Tour to New Zealand was somewhat overshadowed by the media coverage of Prince Andrews ill-advised interview concerning dodgy sexual escapades, however in an overlooked incident, a Gentlemanly gesture has the potential to create a little push-back against China’s Belt & Road Initiative. As part of the New Zealand trip, the Prince visited the Solomon Islands, which maintains the Queen as Sovereign Head of...

UK Joins ASEAN as Dialogue Partner, Looking at Joining CPTPP Asia-Pacific Free Trade Agreement

The British House of Lords International Agreements Sub-Committee has launched a new inquiry on the potential accession of the UK to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, (CPTPP) The agreement between eleven countries includes four ASEAN states in Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam (the last two with whom the UK has recently signed off Free Trade Agreements), in addition to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Chile, Mexico,...

How the UK Can Look To The Belt & Road Initiative Example In Developing New Global Trade Ties

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis  With the British economy now well out of Europe, and with the Johnson Government seemingly committed to replacement trade deals in emerging Asia, now is an opportune time to evaluate what trade agreement assets the UK actually has lined up that would compensate for the loss of EU trade. The DTI have stated that many agreements with non-EU nations will continue with the UK on the same basis...

The Taliban Will Govern Afghanistan. What Does the Future Hold for China and the Central Asian Region?

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis  With the announcement that the Taliban have overthrown the Afghanistan national government and are now about to declare an “Islamic State of Afghanistan” the question now becomes what happens next? And how will this impact on China and regional security? Could a Taliban government be the best available option? Who are the Taliban? The Taliban, known in Afghanistan as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), are a hardline Islamic...

The Asia-Pacific CPTPP Takes New Shape With UK Membership Application

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis  The United Kingdom, looking for new global free trade agreements and market access in the aftermath of Brexit, has initiated talks to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). A virtual meeting was held on June 2 between the UK and the eleven current members of the CPTPP, which includes Japan, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, and...