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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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
‘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