Geopolitics and conscious uncoupling – up to a point

by Rashmee

Posted on September 18, 2020


‘Conscious uncoupling’ became famous – both as a term and a concept – in 2014, when actress Gywneth Paltrow and singer Chris Martin were in the throes of a divorce. But the neologism was coined much before, and not by Ms Paltrow. In fact, it was California marriage and family therapist Katherine Woodward Thomas who … Continue reading “Geopolitics and conscious uncoupling – up to a point”

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China brings its Belt and Road Initiative to Italy, paving the way for the Xin World Order

by Rashmee

Posted on March 26, 2019 / The National


As the US turns in on itself, China is increasingly enthusiastic about engaging with and investing in the wider world Once upon a time, the port city of Trieste represented a solution of sorts for territorial disputes between countries. Young Indians, for instance, learnt in political science classes about it as a possible model for Kashmir. … Continue reading “China brings its Belt and Road Initiative to Italy, paving the way for the Xin World Order”

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The Trieste solution to a realigning world order

by Rashmee

Posted on March 21, 2019


There was a time when Trieste was supposed to represent a possible solution for territorial disputes between countries, such as Kashmir. Trieste would be cited as a possible model because it existed as an autonomous region between Italy and the former Yugoslavia and seemed to be proof even difficult problems had a peaceful solution (at … Continue reading “The Trieste solution to a realigning world order”

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What does it mean when China talks about talks with US on trade

by Rashmee

Posted on November 17, 2018


Here’s something good to know. China is willing to talk to the US about the trade dispute and Donald Trump has increasingly indicated he’s inclined to jaw-jaw too. Or, at least get to a “deal”, which in Trumpian terms probably means he’s prepared to talk. This is all to the good. It’s good to talk, and … Continue reading “What does it mean when China talks about talks with US on trade”

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What will happen with US-China tariff-for-tariff pitched battles?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 11, 2018


Donald Trump wants the ‘Made in China 2025’ programme to become the ‘Never Made in China’ scheme. Xi Jingping wants him to understand that changing China’s industrial policies is too big a project even for someone who is president-for-life. Michael Schuman, who’s based in Beijing, says that fundamental disagreement sits at the heart of the … Continue reading “What will happen with US-China tariff-for-tariff pitched battles?”

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A G3 world order? Great powers compete, as in the 19th century

by Rashmee

Posted on June 26, 2018


“America First”. “Chinese dream”. “Great power Russia”. The world is being carved up between the two largest economies (the US and China) and the two largest nuclear powers (the US and Russia). What binds all three – the US, China and Russia – is a meshing of mindsets, much more than ever before. Donald Trump … Continue reading “A G3 world order? Great powers compete, as in the 19th century”

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China’s last emperor? Xi Jingping, presidential term 2013 – ??

by Rashmee

Posted on February 26, 2018


China’s last emperor was Puyi, who must have been a fairly troubled man. He died just half-a-century ago aged 61, having gone through multiple changes to his situation. He became emperor when but an infant and suffered many different iterations to his reign. There was a forced abdication, the renaming of who or what he … Continue reading “China’s last emperor? Xi Jingping, presidential term 2013 – ??”

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The tapestry of Macron’s active diplomacy – more than Bayeux and Britain

by Rashmee

Posted on January 20, 2018


They’re calling it gesture diplomacy, French president Emmanuel Macron’s instinctive use of ceremonial events, symbolic gifts, history-laden references and pageantry reminiscent of times past to deal with foreign countries. Consider this: Ahead of Mr Macron’s arrival in Britain on Thursday, January 18, it was made known that he would loan it the Bayeux tapestry. That would … Continue reading “The tapestry of Macron’s active diplomacy – more than Bayeux and Britain”

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Grievance economics versus globalisation

by Rashmee

Posted on November 15, 2017 / The National


  Back in the 10th century, the Baghdad-born traveller Al Masudi wrote about China, its rule of law and careful attempts to ensure justice to its citizens and to foreign visitors. He provided anecdotal evidence of the just treatment meted out to Arab traders. The account by Al Masudi, sometimes described as the Arab Herodotus, … Continue reading “Grievance economics versus globalisation”

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Is Xi Jinping more powerful than Donald Trump?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 31, 2017 / The National


Donald Trump will be in China almost a year to the day since he was elected US president, but who is the most powerful man in the world? Is it Mr Trump or Xi Jinping, his Chinese counterpart? The question is posed at a particularly difficult time for this White House. Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating … Continue reading “Is Xi Jinping more powerful than Donald Trump?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK