Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — September 23, 2020

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Laura Trevelyan, BBC News: Is the world entering a new Cold War?

The United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary as the post-World War Two global order which created it is on shaky foundations.

Multilateralism is in serious disarray, as the former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has observed.

President Donald Trump’s America First foreign policy has seen the US thumb its nose at multilateral agreements from the Paris Climate accord to the Iran nuclear deal, while China is visibly positioning itself as the new supporter of the United Nations.

But growing Chinese influence comes at a price, and if Beijing is devoting more money to fund UN agencies like the World Health Organization then it will want more say as a result.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — September 23, 2020

China-US rivalry: Asian countries fear getting caught in a new Cold War — Sarah Zheng, SCMP

China Ends ‘Median Line’ in the Taiwan Strait: The Start of a Crisis? — J. Michael Cole, National Interest

Voices From the Himalayas Amid China-India Tensions — Bhat Burhan, Diplomat

India And China: Dangerous tensions at the top of the world — again — Japan Times editorial

Sinophobia, lies and hybrid war: Contrary to US rhetoric and disinformation China is not an existential threat to the ‘free world’ — Pepe Escobar, Asia times

As Covid cases rise again, how are countries in Europe reacting? — The Guardian

‘A Bag of Snickers to Survive in the Forest.’ Lukashenko Critic’s Unlikely Journey From Belarus to Poland — Pjotr Sauer, Moscow Times

Vladimir Putin’s UN Speech: Will Russia Head A New Nonaligned Movement? — Nikolas K. Gvosdev, National Interest

Turkey’s foreign policy becoming alarmingly militarized — Metin Gurcan, Al-Monitor

The end of the Saudi era — Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera

How the UAE emerged as a regional powerhouse — Frank Gardner, BBC

Lebanon on a precipice between war and peace — Alison Tahmizian Meuse, Asia Times

How Trump fell out of love with his generals, and why the feeling is mutual — Phil Stewart, Idrees Ali, and Steve Holland, Reuters

The name’s Bond, seriously: 007’s namesake found in Polish Cold War archives — Reuters